Quincy Lite is as you might expect, a smaller version of the main app, but it isn’t free though.
Quincy is a musical explorer of Life, a cellular automaton created by J.H.Conway. Conway’s Game Of Life has long been of great interest to musicians specifically as a pattern generator. Quincy is a full implementation of Life, capable of generating all possible variations, the common B3/S23 as well as others like HighLife or Seeds. It is document-based and features adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and more. Quincy comes with a large library of patterns, a color mixer for a document’s color set and many display options. Editing tools beyond pen and pattern stamp also include options like copy, paste and rotate.
Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines meter, key and a base scale as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales.
There are two playback modes, audio and MIDI. In audio mode playback is routed through a devices speakers or headphones. This mode offers 128 instruments and adjustable reverb settings. MIDI playback is WiFi based so you can route Quincy’s output to any DAW like Logic or Ableton.
Quincy is very powerful and a joy to work with. You can create infinite variations on a theme just by coupling playback loops with random inserts or use it in performance mode with one-tap document switching and the ability to draw into the playing document without disturbing the original. Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production.
- Adjustable grid size
- Document based
- MIDI over WiFi
- Full general MIDI instrument library and adjustable reverb
- Large pattern library
- Extensive In-app and online documentation
- Inter-App Audio support
- Audiobus compatible
Quincy Lite costs $3.99 on the app store: