This is an interesting, and somewhat out of the blue idea. Whilst there have always been apps that do (or at times attempt to do) everything, apps like NanoStudio, like Aurora, Auxy, bleeep!BOX, and many more besides, this has quite a different feel. It’s starting small and promises to be adding new ‘instruments’ soon. I’ll wait and see what happens there.
What is intriguing to me is the idea that you can feed audio from one instance of this app into another instance. Now that could bring some really cool possibilities, and if anything I’d like to see that rolled out as an SDK a bit like Ableton Link. However, for now it seems that Aphera is somewhat unique.
Here’s the app’s description:
The Aphera Music app is a powerful suite of instruments. Play instruments alone or sync with your friends to play together! Expressive and intuitive, these instruments are for amateurs and professionals alike.
These instruments do not attempt to emulate existing instruments but instead create a unique and intuitive interface for the parameters of music, like rhythm, pitch, and timbre. No musical training is required, just a love of music and a desire to play! This app brings electronic music out of the studio and into your hands. Play anywhere and at any time!
Enjoy making music!
There are two instruments included in this first release: a drum machine and a slider synth. The drum machine may be more familiar whereas the slider synth provides an entirely unique way of generating melodies. Look out for additional instruments soon to be released!
The app includes a mixer and it allows control of tempo. Stack up several drum machines and synths to produce complex rhythms and harmonies!
Syncing is a breeze! With this app you can play in time with other musicians using the Aphera Music app or other apps and devices that have Ableton Link integration. Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network.
The Aphera Music app can even output sound through another device running the app. Enable wifi or bluetooth and instantly connect to other musicians using the Aphera Music app. This is useful when you and your friends are jamming and there is only one cable connected to the stereo.
Aphera Music Instrument Suite costs $0.99 on the app store now: