SoundScaper 1.7 is a massive update and you really need to check out all that’s new

As you know, I love experimental apps and SoundScaper is one of the best around. Version 1.7 brings more new features and updates than you can safely shake a stick at. It is a huge and really impressive update.

So if you’re an experimental sound type person then you need to check it out.

Here are all the details …

This update significantly expands functionality of oscillators which are the basis of sound generation in SoundScaper. With new oscillators you can experiment mangling the samples by using amplitude and frequency modulations, adding a natural dynamical noise and simulate any other failures by using degradation and unstable work of electronic circuits. All of this with addition of ready to use presets opens new space for constructing unique soundscapes and textures.

  • Ready-to-use oscillator presets.
  • New user interface of oscillator control panel.
  • Improved internal sound engine.
  • Amplitude modulation of output signal.
  • Sine and triangle waveforms of amplitude modulation.
  • Change PWM carrier frequency for more lofi effect.
  • Simulate degradation of PWM circuits / decrease bit depth.
  • Control of unstability of oscillator clock.
  • Three types of generated noise like the real circuits.
  • Additional control for level of noise.
  • Two range individual LFO for modulation of clock frequency.
  • Frequency modulation by output signal from other oscillators.
  • Added the mode when trigger waits end of sample playback.
  • Trigger can shift bits on address lines.
  • Reverse shift mode of bits on address lines.
  • Improved presets / samples list in the oscillator panel.
  • Button for preview sample in the list.
  • Added samples in built-in library.
  • Updated description of the application.
  • Description available as PDF on application site.
  • Several minor bugs have been fixed.

SoundScaper is $9.99 on the app store and is so worth it:

I’m not sure that I understand what OPJAM is, but I’d like to

Whilst this app has been around for a while now (November 2015) I haven’t come across it so far, or at least I don’t remember it anyway, and I think I would having looked at the description. This app refers to itself as an “Audio Playground”, which I’m sure would’ve got my attention.

Having said that, after reading the app’s description of itself I’m still none the wiser as to quite what it does or what it’s for. So I’ll download it and see I expect.

If you hear nothing more on the subject then it’s almost certainly not something I’m going to be taking further. However, it could turn out different, in which case you’ll know for sure.

For now here’s the (in my mind) somewhat ambiguous app description …

Welcome to OPJAM… The Audio Playground, where anyone can experiment, collaborate and have fun with audio!

A JAMBLE is an is an experimental post, a game or a question where the participants have up to 7 seconds to contribute. The JAMBLE has a specific time frame, and is then mixed down into a completely unexpected track!

Creating a Jamble
It all starts with an idea… Question, Post or Experiment. The more innovative you are with the title and instructions the more people will participate.

Joining a Jamble
Jambles are open for anyone to JOIN. The only limitations are its time settings and your imagination. Get creative and collaborate with people from anywhere.

OPJAM is free on the app store:

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.

WARNING!
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.

Features:
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.

KORG iMS-20 - KORG INC.

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!

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