Sparkle – Advanced Cross-Synthesis arrives for your iDevice

Another thoroughly intriguing app arrives from apeSoft. I can’t wait to try this out!

Here are all the details of the app …

Sparkle is a tool for advanced spectral hybridizations made of several algorithms that operate on frequency domain. By means of envelope preservation and phase-sync processing it can creates high-quality sound transformations.

The basic idea is to transfer the temporal structure of a sound (source) onto another sound (target) of which the spectral properties are preserved.
Simply put, you can take a voice and make it sing a Beethoven’s symphony!

Sparkle costs $6.99 on the app store today.

TubeSynth (universal) arrives

Now this looks really interesting. A new synth app has just arrived, called TubeSynth, and it comes with a warning too! I’m very keen to give this a try too.

New concept of electric music instrument/sequencer. A tube synth consists of several key wave forms which are smoothly connected. Its shape is formed by key waves which are converted in polar-coordinates.

  • adjustable Interval duration of each key wave.
  • adjustable pitch and amplitude at each key wave.
  • Variety of interpolation methods to form waves.
  • Adding harmonics and subharmonics with weight.
  • Adding reverb.

Some waveform with rapid changes in sound pressure could be damageing to your ears at high amplitudes or for long periods. Please avoid using earphones or headphones when editing waveforms.

TubeSynth costs $2.99 on the app store and is universal:

S.A.M.M.I. arrives, and interesting iPad app for making experiments (which I like doing) and it’s free too

S.A.M.M.I. is an application for sound experiments and sonic formations, featuring a sequencer, drone machine and theremin.

Sequencer – including key, note range, 5 waveforms, delay, filters, release, bpm, number of beats and loading/saving patches.

Drone machine – four oscillators with 5 waveforms, frequency/note, detune, filters, LFO (controlling volume/pitch/filter), delay effect and loading/saving patches.

Theremin – including tilt/touch control, starting note/frequency, note range, interpolation/step frequency change and delay effect.

Just experiment and see what happens!

S.A.M.M.I. has been tested on iPad2+ and is supported by ads on the menu screen.

Kinect controlling Korg iMS20 for iPad

Although it’s just a brief video it’s very cool. I’ve never used Kinect, but it makes me want to know a bit more about it now.

Anyway, here’s the video’s description:

Another simple experiment…
i use synapse to control devices on Ableton Live, but i wanted to control another midi hardware from live, like my boss gt8 guitar processor, on this example the Y and Z positions of my right hand are changing the cutoff frecuency of the vc highpass and lowpass filter of my iMS20 respectively, the messages are routed with maxforlive devices (to avoid osculator and have automation with live) and sent via midi over wifi.


Awesome custom Palm Tungsten T3

And of course, it’s running Bhajis Loops. In fact, this device is specially made for Bhajis. I plan to get some better pictures of it soon and maybe even some video of it in action! If all goes to plan you’ll see it in action in the not too distant future!

Bitwiz Audio Synth gets some love

I like this app, you can tell as it’s my app of the week right now, and it just got a cool little update. Here’s what’s new:

  • Separate library into: user code, factory code, recordings
  • Group user code library by date with colors
  • New icons
  • Added more factory presets
  • Improve help text
  • Support older devices
  • Use external twitter app on iOS 4.x
  • Bugfixes and minor tweaks

So, even more reasons to love it!

BitWiz Audio Synth - Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

Nao-min 2012

Lovely, but not cheap.

Pollisynth, first thoughts

I posted about Pollisynth when it arrived on the app store. It’s a simple idea for an app, and one that’s been done before with varying degrees of success. However, this app is really quite well designed. It does what many others do and gives you a tiny tutorial when you first open it, but then it is really straightforward to use, and the results, well, you’re not going to use them in your next symphony (I might of course), but they’re not awful.

I should perhaps preface these comments with the fact that I’ve only spent a matter of minutes with this so far. I probably will spend more time with this app and see what it can really produce. I’ll report back when I’ve done more research.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing, then also try Barcodas, which makes little tunes from bar codes.

Pollisynth - Rubyjock

Pollisynth for iPhone (go and get this app)

I’ve just read through the description of this app and it sounds awesome. I haven’t tried it as yet, but just read the description and tell me you don’t want to download it. It is free after all!

Here’s what to expect:

Mission: To more fully understand the colors that surround us we must engage an additional sense. A Pollisynth takes a picture of something, and then translates that picture into a unique sound-wave. As stated above, in order to fully understand the colors that surround us we must engage an additional sense. A Pollisynth can be the gateway to your mindbrain, and can give you a good time doing it. 
Remember that the spark to take a picture begins in the MIND, and funny enough, ends in the MIND once a song is made. There are a lot of ways to play with a Pollisynth – two people taking a picture of the same thing and then playing it, a gang of kids taking pictures of SLUSHIES and then making a harmonized song out of the soundwaves… 

By logging into Facebook with Pollisynth you can post your sound-waves to your timeline as Presets. Your Facebook friends will be able to see and try out these Presets with their own Pollisynth and listen to your imagery. You can also re-download Presets you have uploaded and use Facebook as a Pollisynth sound bank online. For those who have reservations about Facebook, SMS and Email can be used to share images from your photo library that you know to generate worthy sounds. 

Your photo library will always serve as your offline sound bank. Pollisynth was first developed by Thomas Ruby in 1987. After having passed away in 2006, Salisbury’s son, Jamie, continued his father’s work. As a company we stand by the Pollisynth and we stand by the Rubaic principles of Oneness, Honor, and Good Times.

Price: Free …

Pollisynth - Rubyjock

The Joy that is BitWiz Audio Synth

I’ve been playing with this app on and off for a few days now, and it is amazingly good fun. Or rather, I should say, if you’re interested in making noises from simple fragments of code, then it is a lot of fun. I’ve really enjoyed using this app. It’s a universal and you can audio copy out your work as well.

I especially like that you can share your code from the app via twitter and other means too, that’s a nice touch, as is the randomise feature, which gives you some random noise making code from just a swipe.

I think I’m going to do a round up of these code based music making apps soon. I think I probably have most of them, but if there are any that you think I should cover, then please let me know.

BitWiz Audio Synth - Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

iPads at the Apple Store

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