SynthTronica (App Store link) is a new polyphonic spectral synthesizer for iPad, designed to take full advantage of iPad’s multitouch capabilities.
This video demonstrates SynthTronica, the spectral synth by Leisuresonic for the iPad. This episode showcases SynthTronica’s Dynamic Multitouch Filter, an expressive and innovative musical controller, for use in live performance, and for touch sound synthesis.
92 ARTISAN SOUND PRESETS
- Virtual analog sounds
- Vocal sounds including vocoder effects
- Looped grooves providing a full ensemble sound
*DYNAMIC MULTITOUCH FILTER
- Control up to 11 independent filters by intuitive touch
- Unique live expressive control
FORMANT SYNTHESIZER ARCHITECTURE
- Filters use complex time-varying spectral formants
- Organize, edit and view formants in spectral form
CREATE NEW FORMANTS IN SEVERAL WAYS*
- Import audio files (mp3, m4a, AIFF, WAV, et al)
- using the iPad’s microphone
- through SynthTronica’s unique Dynamic Multitouch Filter
- Two piano-style layouts and a unique grid keyboard
RECORD AND MIX YOUR PERFORMANCES
- Simultaneous recording and playback of mixes
SHARE YOUR MIXES
- export SynthTronica recordings as 24-bit or 16-bit AIFF or WAV audio files
EXPLORE MUSICAL SCALES
- Display scale patterns on keyboards
- Over 70 scale choices
POWERFUL INTERACTIVE SYNTH CONTROLS
- Virtual analog synth front-end
- Nearly all interface elements have documentation by touch
This is a musical exploration experience in which multiple participants simultaneously interact with a sound synthesizer by arranging a special set of pieces on top of a multitouch surface.
Pieces exhibit different behaviours when placed on the surface – some act like triggers in a drum machine, some behave like a kaoss pad, while others add extra layers of sound to make the performance really come together. Pieces are sensitive to their position and orientation on the table, so users can cycle through different instruments or modulate sound parameters with a simple twisting or sliding motion.
We believe the key here is to design a system which is simple enough for people with little musical ability to enjoy, while providing enough control to allow people with a stronger background to deliver more complex performances. It´s similar to the reactable, but provides a simpler interface for everyone to enjoy.
Please visit http://www.sensaa.com for more info.
Sound design and music production by Santiago Abadía: www.santiagoabadia.com
Multitouch instrument on the iPad
by Bastus Trump
Audioprom is an audio sequencer and live performance application for the iPad.
“We just launched Audioprom, a super intuitive audio sequencer app for the iPad. Audioprom doesn’t look or feel like other iPad sequencers out there because it doesn’t simulate popular physical interfaces from 90’s drum machines. We built it from the ground up for the multitouch screen.
It’s been a labor of love. We built it because we wanted it for ourselves and now we hope others might like it enough to buy it so we get to keep working on it.
We posted some how-to and demo videos at audioprom.cwandt.com.
We are CW&T, a Brooklyn based art and design duo. We make hard and soft things for fun and to feed ourselves. This is our first go at an iPad app. cwandt.com”
You can find more info and videos on http://audioprom.cwandt.com/
Fantastick (App Store link) is a free app that turns your iOS device to a custom multitouch controller. Send multitouch data to the host program and receive drawing commands.
Instead of a limited set of built-in widgets, the interface logic resides in Max/MSP and only drawing commands are sent to the device. This lets you buid interfaces that
- work and look exactly the way you want
- change dynamically to fit the musical context
- are experimental and would not be possible with other apps
- Minimalistic, fullscreen control area with nothing on it but what you provide.
- Multitouch-events on the device are forwarded to your host via UDP. Information includes the touch state (begin, move, end) and coordinates for all touch points.
- Designed for no-hassle: zero-click startup, the device does not sleep or suspend network, flicker- and lag-free.
- Displaying images (fetched with URLs) and caching them on the device for use on non-networked locations.
- Basic drawing with lines, boxes and text.
- Advanced drawing with OpenGL.
V-Control Pro (App Store link) is a $49.99 iPad app that provides a fully-featured, multi-touch control surface for Pro Tools on a Mac and soon for Windows.
V-Control Pro uses WiFi to control transport, editing, and mixing functions with Pro Tools 9, HD, or LE. V-Control Pro provides advanced control of sends, automation, groups, auditioning, plug-ins, scrub/shuttle, I/O assignment, and other controls within an easy-to-use interface.
- Large, touch-sensitive moving faders
- Solo, mute, record, and pan controls
- Flip mode send editing
- Scrub / shuttle control
- Automation mode controls and display
- Automation and group suspend buttons
- Automation and group status display
- Automation write enable controls
- Plug-in editing
- Input monitoring switch
- Big counter display
- Save and Undo buttons
- Pre-roll / Post-roll buttons
- I/O assignment
- Zoom presets
- Window display controls
- Keypad popover provides access to many Pro Tools features
Keith McMillen Instruments announced earlier in the week the release of SoftStep, the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller.
In this official video, KMI support tech Sarah Howe takes you on a quick tour of the technical aspects of the SoftStep.
Weighing in at just over a pound and fitting into most laptop and guitar cases, SoftStep has ten sensor keys, which go beyond the simple on and off commands by supporting five degrees of motion.
See Sonic State’s Softstep introduction coverage for details.
This is a preview of the Emulator – a giant multitouch MIDI controller, from the Amsterdam Dance Event 2010.
It’s basically a giant rear projection multitouch screen controller for DJing – or an iPad on steroids.
It’s available now in The Netherlands via Soundfreax Amsterdam.
Aura Flux is an auto-generative ambient music app for iOS devices that encourages people to be visual with their audio production. Aura Flux is like an interactive dot-to-dot experience, where each picture created generates an individual and unique soundscape. Aura Flux comes with 48 instruments, four Seasons (keys) and a constantly evolving background ambience.
Chains of notes are created quickly and easily by visually connecting nodes using the multitouch interface. These nodes can be customized by setting the pitch, trigger rate, volume, decay and adding additional chord notes. By layering these chain reactions together, the user can produce lush-sounding ambient melodies and with the option to randomize many of the settings can introduce elements of generative music into their creations. The keys are locked to certain intervals so that it’s impossible to create harsh dissonance or unpleasant-sounding harmonies. There are a number of background ambience pads that serve to knit together a more coherent piece.
Aura Flux is a Universal app, so it will work on all iOS devices with one purchase. Aura Flux is priced at $1.99
I wonder if the product is as scary as this dude