I love it and I use it!
Refraktions is a Drone Machine, a Generative music tool, a 8 tracks sequencer, or a Sound Expander.
There is someone in this App...
Someone who learn about you each time you launch the App or play a new melody...
" Your taps imprint the AI memory and help it generate loops tailored to your choices over time."
"These sounds will loop and morph into new compositions over time, evolving indefinitely. More taps will be taken into consideration by AI and steer the app in new directions. The AI memory persists between app launches and the more you use the app, the more it learns about the tracks, pitches, and compositions you prefer, weighing your most recent decisions more heavily."
"The notes will loop, getting quieter each time it plays. When the note has completely faded out, the overall composition is assessed by the AI and new sequences are generated. The result is that each time the app is used it outputs a unique composition that morphs and evolves over time. The more the app is used, the more the AI shapes itself to the user."
8 horizontal lines = 8 ribbon keyboards = 8 tracks = 8 instruments
Only 8 instruments?
Yes, and it's cool... The developer choice... 8 beautiful sounds to create an Atmosphere, a Drone.
I love to use the internal sounds but you can also turn off a built-in instrument or all and send the MIDI out to another App.
A few gestures...
Swipe from L to R to remove all notes from a track.
To rearrange the notes on all tracks, shake your device.
To get the Tempo Selector to appear, drag three fingers up or down the screen.
To reset the sequencer, draw a counter-clockwise circle on the screen. This is an easy way to clear out a busy song and start from scratch. If MIDI Clock is set to SEND MIDI CLOCK, then a MIDI Song Position of 0 0 is sent to the MIDI Destinations.
Scrubbing the sequencer. Emulating the jog-wheel on classic hardware MIDI sequencers, you can change the position of the playhead by spinning the outside ring of the sequencer circles. This action also sends the corresponding Song Position data to the MIDI Destinations.
Sound on / off - Quantize - Pattern length from 1 to 8 bars - notes duration from 8 to 64 bars - Volume - Volume lock - Tune (slider by semitones) - Chromatic- Octave selector - Octave Range - Notes lock on loop (will not change the note) - MIDI send - MIDI receive
Scales selector - Ableton Link - MIDI source- MIDI destination- Background Audio - Reset all memory - Reset all tracks to default
I love it!
I am so happy!
All my favourite instruments in 1 App!
(Excepted the Duduk...)
79 Indian instruments with an awesome sound quality!
(I will post everyday 1, 2 or 3 instruments included in Swarplug. Here it's just the review of the App...)
So, the sound quality is awesome but the number of samples for one instrument is awesome too!
On the left side of the screen, the sound Library, the Store.
Below an ADSR.
On the middle, the Gain and Pitch parameters. A Global and a Fine tune knobs for the Master out. Below the same parameters for the left and the right channel. (This allows you to set a different pitch for some Drum instruments)
And the right side, the MIDI Files...
Here is also the awesome of this App!
Each instrument comes with a lot of MIDI Files.
First you choose a Raga, then a sequence.
You will be able to share this sequence to another App (open in feature) and edit it!
SwarPlug is a Stand Alone App that you can control via another App or external hardware but also an Audio Unit instrument....
It means that you can play a Philharmonic Indian Orchestra with it!
This App will never leave my iPad. This is sure!
A Must Have, a Killer App!
I have seen this App in the App Store before, but I didn't understand the potential of Swarplug... that this App was made for me...
Because very old I am...
Review by Ed
Stand Alone & Audio Unit
Sharing a MIDI File and create a Orchestra with x Audio Unit instances
iShala is an "electronic" Tabla machine for iDevices. A lehra player.
It is always in my iPad since the day it was released. A long time ago, and with time it comes better and better.
Like most of all Tabla machines, it comes with a:
Tanpura (4,5 or 6 strings)
If you have selected in the Settings menu the 5 or 6 strings, you will be able to set the note for second string. You can also set the first string for all Tanpura, specify the pause when plucking the strings and adjust the speed at which strings are struck.
A Swarmandal, but here, you can set the notes included in the "scale" as well as the speed they will play, the time when they will play and the way they will play: ascending or descending. More, you can display the Swarmandal and play with it.
The Tabla rhythmic will be determined by the tempo you have choosen. 7 Tempo are available, but they added a Tempo feature which allows you to define it in BPM. This is cool!
The Harmonium, and this is not so easy to find in a Tabla machine, will play a different melody depending of the Raga you have chosen. Around 60 raga are available.
You have a volume slider for the four instruments, and you can play them independently.
iShala is Audiobus and IAA compatible....
To conclude, iShala is among the best Tabla machine in the App Store.
A Must Have, a Killer App!
I added the definitions of some words that you perhaps don”t know.
Review by Ed
A very big Kap to this Jason Snell!
When I am making the Let's open it together post, I don't know the App...
I also didn't read the App Store description before...
So, I want to apology if I am saying mistakes or if there are "lengths" in the Video or in my writing below.
Check out the App Store description at the end of this post...
If you have this App feel free to add infos, clarification, even to injury me (not too much) in the comment section below...
MIDI Drone Machine
First sensations: Top atmosphere!
Sound quality: I love!
Features: 8 tracks / 1 pattern from? to 32 bars (I am not sure...) / possibility to set the Scale / MIDI in & out
UI: very clean / it seems to be easy to use. But I am not sure that I have seen or understand all the potential of this App....
To conclude: I love the concept, the UI. I am sure that I will use it for my live performances... I really want to learn this App now... I will,post the review very shortly...
Ed: first sensations
This is the App Store description:
The world around us is an endless source of visual information, the flow of the fractal code of life. "Nature - Oscillator" is one of the attempts to translate this code to sound, using spectral synthesis algorithm of the Virtual ANS engine (software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS). The program continuously reads the image from the camera and interprets it as the spectrum of the sound. And you can easily control the scanning curve: its amplitude, type and speed.
Alexander Zolotov is the specialist of the photo & video translation to audio.
You can have a look at his website, the hardware pages in particular...
Quantum DJ is an electronic creature that listens to the electromagnetic noise around us, analyzes it and generates some sort of 1-bit sound art depending on its internal state (mood). Each second of the sound is absolutely unique. The QDJ also loves tactile communication with cats and other living creatures. (Tap)
Quantum VJ is a glitch-style 8-bit pendant and audio visualizer. Any audio source can be connected to this device through the jack plug (3.5mm). It also can visualize some electromagnetic interference and the "soul modulations" of the owner when the audio ports are not connected. There are nine display modes that can be switched by the button. (Tap)
Nature Oscillator is really great. You can use it to create an Fx track for your project. Simply launch the App and start to record the audio signal.
I really love this App, as I love all the App that I have from this developer.
A Super App!
Review by Ed
Sel a Fuzz is awesome and the last update brings it a little closer to excellence...
What's is it?
A Noise generator, or a Drone Machine. A distortion too.
You can use it as a plugins to shape the signal of an incoming Audio source. (IAA and Audiobus or the built in microphone)
To generate the signal of the Noise generator, we have a VCF a Band Pass.
For the Drone, 4 Oscillators (Saw, Sinusoïdale, Triangle and Square) but you can also drag the waveforms for each oscillator in the Oscillators Table located in the settings window. You can order the polyphony order or randomise it for each child oscillator.
To shape the signal, a 10 Band equalizer, a Low Pass, and the Distortion.
I forgot something...
Self a Fuzz also as a randomizer effects...
All the parameters can be randomised. It's awesome... All knobs and buttons come with 3 randomisers switch. These switch allows you to set the range a of the associated parameters...
Also and this is really awesome, You can controller the VCF and Band Pass frequency with MIDI or the built in keyboard.
Self a Fuzz can record your performances and share them via Audio Share.
To conclude Self a Fuzz is really awesome and very very easy to use of,Ce you have understand how it works.
As usual, you have the tutorial below, but this time I also added 5 examples to help you to understand how it works.
A Killer App! A Must Have!
Below, a message from the developer. (Deregulator, ZhSh, 3oomph, and Self a Fuzz)
"Dear musicians, today versions of my apps have buggy sound on iPhones with default sample-rate 48000. I hope to bring fixes asap, but this may be late or impossible. And take care for your hardware and meatware :)"
Review by Ed
2) As a Drone Machine
I don't need an input signal, but I can use one. I am using the EQ, the 4 Oscillators, the Mutonic and the Distortion too.
For musicians, vDjs, and others.
What is it?
An audio and image sequencer.
How it works?
You have a board. This board can be divided in x zones (x because I don’t know the maximum of divisions. A lot…). Each division can play a loop. A loop contains 4 sequencers. 1 to 32 steps sequencer. 1 for images and 3 for the audio. For the image, it uses .glsl files. (A GLSL Object is an object in the OpenGL API that encapsulates the compiled or linked Shaders that execute portions of the OpenGL Pipeline. These objects represent code written in the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL). If you know how to program a .glsl file you will be able to edit it within the App. If not, there are a lot of images in the built in library. So, you have the 8 tracks sequencers. (Same for the audio). It works like most of all the sequencer. (Tap to add an event, again to delete, drag to set the length,…) You can load 1 image per track. You can also set the background colour and the transition duration. For each image, 7 parameters to set, or automatise with the sequencer or control with your finger. 1, 2 or 3 fingers. (x & y. Axis).
For the 3 Audio sequencers. Also 8 tracks. (Import audio from Audio Share or AudioCopy). 11 effects: Flanger, Gate, Delay, Reverb, Low & High Pass, Lowshelf & HighShelf, Parametric Filter, Clipper & Limiter. All the parameters can be automatised, set or control with your finger! It’s awesome!
1 loop = 34 audio tracks + 8 animations tracks + ?
The input! The built in microphone or an Audiobus input! K Mashine comes with the Ableton Link feature…
Before to conclude… a 3 band EQ and a compressor (master out), a lot of sharing features, the community, record and share a video without the UI,,..
And more. Check out the tutorial below.
To conclude. A very very good surprise! This App is awesome! Really! And very easy to use! A Must Have for vDJ. A Must Have for musicians too! (Even if you don't use the image sequencer.... can you imagine, a board with 100 Loops ready to play with all the parameters adjustable with you fingers...). A Must Have for live performances…
a Must Have,
a Killer App!
A Must Have!
A note: I don't know if this App is famous or not, downloaded a lot or not...
I hope so! Because this App is AWESOME!
Review by Ed
PixelWave is a Theremin like synthesizer with an old school pixel interface.
The screen is divided in two zones, The first one, on the top allows you to draw a waveform with your finger. In the Setting menu 9 predefined waveforms. The second zone below is the ribbons keyboard. From here, you start to play a note with one or 20 fingers depending of where you come from. With another finger you can draw the waveform at the same time. Playing with 2 or more fingers will generated a kind arpeggiator. While your are holding a note you can swipe until the top of the screen to play a higher note. In the Setting menu, a Delay, an Octave switch a,d a record button. Your recording can be export as a.wav file via iTunes File Sharing or copy to the pasteboard. The App is very well done. Very funny to use.
A Super App!
Review by Ed
Nothing to add...
Published on 18 Sep 2013
Boinkss is a random "noise" machine. I think that it's best for you to watch the Video Demo... I really love this little App because the sound it generates, because of the fun that I've had with it. Because also, I can make use of my talents as a painter... (check this post out) To conclude: It is the second App that I have tested from this developer, Sonicscan Touch and this one. Both Apps are really cool. The sounds generated are really original, the UI as well. The only thing is that, us iOS musicians, we need to have sharing features, at least one, the Audiobus... So, like for my other review, I have to rate it as a Killer App in the Entertainment category, and as a Super App in the Noise Machine category.
Review by Ed
App Store description:
Boinkss is a sound toy that uses simulated physics to create shifting sonic patterns and freeform sequences. The player draws colourful lines and shapes, then drops bouncing balls into their creation. The collisions of the balls results in dynamic and varied sounds. The different colours in the palette relate to different sound types, which can be combined in many different ways.
Draw, bounce, sound = Boinkss
- This application is now compatible with iPad3 or later, iPhone 4S or later, and iPod Touch 5th generation or later.
- Headphones recommended.
**Rated as a "Killer App" by Apps4iDevices**
OS >= 8.0
iAbyssal software synthesizer is based on the AtomoSynth Abyssal (check it out at the end of this post), an analog noise machine featuring a big photocell allowing the user to play in a similar fashion of a photo theremin.
Uses the frontal camera of the device for emulating a photocell so it can be played by varying the amount of light that the frontal camera receives.
Features one oscillator, one white noise generator, two low frequency oscillators, and one low / high pass filter.
Factory and User patch memory.
Photocell (frontal camera) calibration functionality for adjusting its sensitivity to different environmental light conditions.
Inter-app-audio and Audiobus support as a generator unit.
This is that App description from the user manual but strangely. it does not mention the delay, so I have to add it to the features list. a Delay with a frequency, a Feedback and Level setting knob. An On / Off switch is also available.
The two Low frequency oscillators, come with only one difference: the MOD
switch which sets different modulation targets. For LFO1 , sets the modulation target to: FREQ : Main scillator frequency. LEVEL : Volume level of the main oscillator. NOISE : White noise volume. For LFO2 , sets the modulation target to: CUTOFF : Cut-off frequency of the filter. PEAK : Filter resonance or peak level. AMP : Filtered main oscillator + noise mix.
The generated sound is top, great! Unlike a lot of others Theremin you can create a lot of variety of sounds.
Your movements can control enough parameters to have a lot of diversity of effects too.
In summary, iAbyssal works like a real Theremin. You can move your hand to shape the sound, even by changing the light of your room. My opinion is that iAbyssal is the best Theremin like App from the App Store and has no real competitor since the disappearance of Theremax from the App Store. A Killer App!, a Must Have!
Review by Ed
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