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From the maker of moodscaper comes Pianoscaper, a universal generative app for iOS

I do like a generative music app, so it’s good to see a new one arrive on the app store today. Here are the details:

Pianoscaper is a generative music app and virtual instrument that’s easy on the ears and fun to play. Launch the app, and with a single tap of the auto-play button, pianoscaper will create evolving and ambient soundscapes that are unique every time.

While all of the pianoscaper sounds originated from acoustic pianos, many have been extensively processed to create an “impossible piano” that can morph between orchestral-type swells and ethereal choir-like sounds. Think of it as piano DNA taken to the next level!

Pianoscaper in auto-play mode is the perfect companion for relaxing, studying or providing non-intrusive headphone music at work or on your commute. You can even set a timer so you can fall asleep to its gentle and soothing tones.

You can also play pianoscaper as a virtual instrument using the dedicated keypads and performance loop recorders, and tailor the sounds with built-in reverb, delay and “character” effects parameters. And while you’re playing, pianoscaper can lend a hand by adding auto-accompaniment parts and even provides hints for notes it thinks might sound good depending on which notes you play!

As a sample-based instrument, pianoscaper currently supports two “moods” – a happy mood, based on the G major pentatonic scale, and a sad mood, based on the Dm pentatonic scale. Please note that pianoscaper is not a chromatic or MIDI-compatible instrument, and it is unlikely to become one, although additional moods and scales may be added as free updates.

You can also record and process the audio output of pianoscaper using any Inter-App Audio host that supports IAA Generators.

You are free to use pianoscaper in your own recordings or live events and installations on a royalty-free basis. All I would ask for is a simple credit that includes the name of the app – “pianoscaper”.

I hope you will agree the pianoscaper interface, while minimalist and a perhaps a little cryptic initially, will eventually become very easy to use. Please do take the time to read the quick-start guide which can be found on the pianoscaper.com website. This is also the best place to ask questions, get technical support or report any issues.

Happy pianoscaping!

*** Special note for moodscaper owners ***

While pianoscaper is very similar to the current version of moodscaper, it is not intended to be a replacement. Development of moodscaper will continue, and moodscaper will remain my flagship generative app, eventually gaining the advanced features you’ve all been patiently waiting for, such as MIDI and better sample import etc. Think of pianoscaper as a lightweight (and cheaper) alternative for those who don’t require the advanced bells and whistles. Pianoscaper also came about because I was inundated with requests to make an app similar to moodscaper that sounded less “intense” and more relaxing and I hope I’ve managed to do that. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

pianoscaper costs $2.99 on the app store:

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moodscaper

Here’s what’s new in moodscaper 1.9:

  • Load your own samples to create entirely new custom instruments (iPad *and* iPhone)
  • A few small “under the hood” improvements

Please note that the user-sample naming convention has changed slightly since v1.8 so please do refer to the manual. Demo sample sets will be available at moodscaper.com

Coming up next, you asked for it – MIDI out in v2.0.

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moodscaper 1.8 arrived

Ok it was a few days back, but it is here. Here’s what’s new:

  • New sad mood based on Em pentatonic scale
  • Added WAV file support for user samples
  • Added option to use user samples only
  • Auto-play generative engine tweaks
  • In auto-play, current mood is shown – shady circle was confusing
  • A few other small enhancements and fixes

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Video: moodscaper for iOS – new sounds and effects (v1.6)

Video description:

“Quick iPad demo of some of the new sounds and effects in moodscaper for iOS v1.6 coming soon. Recorded direct into QuickTime from an iPad Air.

  • Moodscaper is now a universal app which runs on both iPhone and iPad
  • Improved use of stereo imaging for a more immersive sound
  • Some small fixes and under-the-hood improvements
  • Two additional effects – an extra delay and a low pass filter
  • Two additional loopers
  • Filter, delays and reverb easily tweaked with a single per effect parameter slider
  • Master volume (pre-effects) slider – convenient and nice for ambient swells
  • Effects and volume settings saved between sessions
  • Effects tweaks and volume changes can be recorded in loops – great fun with the filter!
  • Additional 20 instrument user keys which can also be recorded in loops
  • New user keys come pre-loaded with mood-based samples (60 in total)
  • Ability to load user keys with your own samples (via iTunes file sharing / Apple .caf files)
  • Multiple samples assigned to a user key will be randomly selected”

Video published by moodscaper.

moodscaper on the app store:

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Video: moodscaper for iOS demo #9 (loopers x 2 and revised UI)

So this is a ‘coming soon’ I guess …

Video description:

“I’ve added an additional looper and revised the UI.

A big part of what moodscaper is all about is its semi-generative randomness and not repeating itself too much, even though that’s exactly what loops tend to do! For this reason, I’ve deliberately chosen not to sync the two loops. There are plenty iOS apps that do that already anyway.

In this demo, the first loop is in the upper range, then I create a bass part loop. Once the two loops are running, I simply turn “auto” mode on and off for the other voices to add a bit of interest.

Note that contrary to previous demos, I’ve decided *not* to record the auto switching as loop events. It just got really confusing and I want to keep this version of the app super simple.

I think the next big update will be additional “moods” – basically sounds and styles.”

Video published by Crème Douche.