Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder and scape constructor

Advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. Discover new ways to create and construct unusual and exciting sounds from any environmental audio recordings or samples recorded from other apps through Inter-App audio or Audiobus.

The main advantage is that you can record and modify samples along the way within the single app. You can record sounds and noises, delete unwanted parts and then use presets to give a whole new sounding or create spectacular soundscapes and textures to use them as loops in this app. And even use FieldScaper as effect in real time with other apps or external input.

The FieldScaper consists of two main parts. The first part is the field recorder with special options for different ways of record environmental sound from microphone or record other sound sources. With the sample editor you can cut or split the source sample for more convenient use. The second part is the scaper sound engine that with using dynamic presets can easily transform the most ordinary sounds into something absolutely different.

These parts connect with each other into one whole but you can use recorder or scaper independently.

FieldScaper screenshots for iPhone. Click on image to enlarge.

FieldScaper has different user interface for iPhone / iPad in portrait and landscape orientation. In portrait orientation the screen is divided between Recorder and Oscillator controls. You can easily record new sample and immediately load and process it in the oscillator. For more convenient use of this application as field recorder on iPhone just rotate it to landscape orientation. This transforms the user interface into full screen recorder without oscillator. This mode is very useful for recording and editing samples on iPhone.

On iPad in landscape orientation on the screen placed the Recorder and controls for all three Oscillators. This mode is suitable for recording and operating with samples when you use FieldScaper in real-time as instrument with all three oscillators, especially with MIDI controllers.

FieldScaper screenshots for iPad (landscape). Click on image to enlarge.

In addition you can switch the user interface to the mode of Looper. This mode is specially designed for use FieldScaper as real-time effect processor and looper. All controls are made so that you can quickly change presets and samples, use the main controls for oscillators and select the mode for processing the input signal.

The scaper sound engine contains three sample-based oscillators each with filters, delay, distortion and a spatial mixer. Most of parameters can be assigned to individual low-frequency oscillators. You can control several these parameters in different ranges using the "Main effect" fader. These features give you the abilty to create continuously changing, breaking and glitching sound forms and loop-based effects from ordinary samples of synths, guitars, voices or everyday sounds of your environment.

The FieldScaper supports complete MIDI control for all faders, knobs and many buttons. You can change the parameters of oscillators, filters, delays and mixer by using any external MIDI controller or MIDI apps like sequencers. With the MIDI controllers this app becomes very comfortable to use at live performance.


Main features of field recorder:

  • Auto start record when input signal appears.
  • Auto stop record when signal below threshold or by time.
  • Record series of samples by a signal presence.
  • Recorder timer in seconds or measures (sync with BPM).
  • Input signal monitor with different modes.
  • Automatic gain control, cut off input filters and noise gate.
  • Advanced sample editor (delete, trim, split, cut, copy, paste, undo).
  • Filter and normalizer for recorded sample.

Scaper sound engine:

  • Loop based mode for processing input in real time as effect.
  • Three sample-based oscillators, each with set of effects.
  • Low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-stop filters with resonance.
  • Two range delay with smooth time change and additional modes.
  • Advanced spatial mixer/reverb with changing of side and distance.
  • Wide range changing of oscillator speed change with reverse.
  • Distortion effect based on breaking addressing of samples (like on circuit bending).
  • Complex effect consisting of lofi, overload, noise and ring modulation.
  • Individual or group of LFO for each effect with additional modes and BPM sync.
  • The "Main effect" function for control several parameters simultaneously.

Additional features:

  • A set of predefined presets with wide range of effects.
  • Scenes for storing and loading all operation parameters.
  • Convenient file manager with groups of files by name or date.
  • Complete MIDI control for all faders, knobs and other modes.
  • Possibility to download additional samples in different audio formats.
  • Uploading samples thru Dropbox, Web access, clipboard or from another app and iTunes.
  • Adaptive UI with different functionality for portrait and landscape orientation.
  • Different color schemes available for UI.
  • Detailed application description (also available as PDF).
  • Supports Audiobus with "State Saving" feature.
  • Inter-App audio compatible (supports transport and BPM controls).

Requirements:

  • Fourth generation of iPad or fifth generation of iPhone and higher is required.

[ Complete description of FieldScaper 1.8 in PDF file ]


Demo of the sample editor and creating new preset:


Demo of use FieldScaper:


Live improvisation [ More details about this demo and what were used in this setup ]:


FieldScaper brief overview:









41 comments:

  1. hi! will it work with shire mv88 mic?
    thanks

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    1. This app will work with any USB mic that compatible with iOS. See mic manual for details.

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  2. What a wonderful app! ��
    Just bought it for my iPad and play with it during 3 hours.
    I did exactly what i wanted to to do with exept that we need more Oscillator, 3 is not enough!
    9 slot/Oscillator for play in realtime with 9 samples will be perfect.
    Can't wait for the iPad Pro and FieldScaper with more Oscillator/Sound Slot... ;-)

    Anyway, THANKS FOR THIS GREAT APP :-) :-) :-)

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    1. Thanks! I'll continue to improve my apps :)

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  3. Hi Igor, thanks very much for the speedy v1.1 update. Can't wait to try this with the 6S now :)

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  4. Can I record guitar directly into it?

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    1. Yes, you can record guitar and process it directly as sample or even in real time in the loop mode.

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  5. Thanks for this fun app.
    The oscillator output is much quieter than the recording - I can't find any settings to make it louder. What should I try?

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    1. You can increase level of recorded samples (or when you use loop mode) by using options "Input amplify" or "Automatic gain control" in the panel "Audio input controls". This panel opens by the button with the same title on main screen.

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    2. Thanks Igor,
      I had assigned a midi control for the Main Volume level (fader) and used it to reduce the volume. I still don't know where to find the UI for that. Using the NanoKontrol again fixed my volume problem.

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    3. Oh, I missed it. A little flaw this version. Will fixed in the next :)

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  6. Hi, great app, thanks.
    Is it possible to export recorded samples together with the processed Fx?
    If not, might this be an added feature for a future update? ;)

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    1. Soon will be published new version 1.2 that will have internal recorder option. With this option you can record processed output (samples with fx) in FieldScaper.

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    2. Great news, keep up the good work :)

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    3. Hi Igor, got fieldscaper and love it so far. Sampling all kinds of sounds and playing around. You mentioned the internal recorder option. Did you managed to include? Can I record somehow the sounds if all 3 Osc working at the same time? Thanks, Zsolo

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    4. Got It! I managed to record! Truely fantastic! I can even input that to one of the Osc! Can start to record all those noices, sounds together!

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    5. To record all three osc output you can use internal recorder option. Just tap on the button with mark "R" at bottom of screen on iPhone or in the top area on iPad to start recording.

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  7. Hi, I love using both apps of yours, Sound- & Fieldscaper, great programs!
    I'm currently trying to process my voice through Fieldscaper in real-time, but that doesn't seem possible...so I have to record it first, right?

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    1. You can record it first or process in real-time as it done in looper. Set the "record start - manual", "record stop - manual" and "scaper start - loop", then tap the "record" button. You will record loop and process it in real time. More details you find in built-in description of the app (tap "?" button).

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    2. Superb, works like a charm...I know I should've read the manual thoroughly...

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  8. I love this app. I use it as an effects processor similar to guitar pedals with the Alesis Io Dock. I can't seem to get it to work with Audiobus in the effects section. Is there anything special I need to do? It works perfectly as a stand alone app.

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    1. This app supports work with Audiobus but if you have problem with use it try at first completely close all apps by Home button and reboot your iPad. If the problem remains please wait new update that will be soon. In the new version 1.5 I have improved work with IAA and AB. New version will be identified as an Music Instrument and Effect in all host apps include Garageband.

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    2. thanks,,, i will try it

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  9. Can I set the output to Bluetooth?

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    1. You can try, but I didn't test it. Also set the option "Enable Bluetooth input" in the Settings - App.

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    2. Thanks for the quick response! To clarify; how can I set the output of Fieldscaper to Bluetooth?
      Or will setting Enable Bluetooth Input also enable BT output?

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    3. Sorry, don't have BT devices to try it. But at least enable BT input in settings then link your device with iPad. If in the status line of app (at the top) the labels "In: / Out:" changed value on something instead "Int" perhaps your device had connected. Think I'll test BT device at the next improvement cycle.

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  10. enabled Bluetooth input in settings with Bluetooth device connected but top left still shows In:Int Out:Int
    sound still comes from iphone speaker.
    Ideally I'd use In:Int Out:BT

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    1. Ok, will check and fix it in the next version.

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  11. cool, thanks for your great work!
    Will post live recording created with your app when its available.

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  12. Thanks for such a great app - I already said that a few times now and it's still true! Could you add an action in the sample editor to normalize the sample? Would be cool.

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    1. Ok, next version I'll add normalize and some more editor options.

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  13. Fantastic work! Just downloaded it today and am just scratching the surface of sonic possibilities.

    I'm using the iPhone version on an iPhone 6s and cannot get multiple oscillators to playback simultaneously. I have single oscillator UNCHECKED in the settings, and am using the "all" button next to the 3 oscillator buttons.

    Is there something I've overlooked?

    Thx!

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    1. If you unchecked "Single oscillator mode" option in Settings just use button "All" on the main screen to start all three oscillator at once. Or you can start/stop each oscillator by button "Start". LED marker at top of this button will shows that this osc is running. Make sure that in all oscs have loaded sample for playback. Also check output level and current preset. If you not hear this osc try to use "Empty preset" at first.

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  14. Hi Igor -

    It worked!

    FYI, I also updated to iOS 9.3.5 - not sure if that had anything to do with it.

    Thx for the great app and great support!
    ...mlm

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  15. Awesome App. Is there a list of all presets? Every update i read about several new presets but i could only find 1-2 new presets.... Don't want to miss something here :-)

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    1. It's so indeed. In every update I adding only several presets, all for one time will not so interesting ) And it's not so easy creating a lot of new and more or less universal presets at once. So you have great way to create your own presets for your specific samples just a slightly modify one of built-in.

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  16. Hi! Suddenly Fieldscaper cannot read my Dropbox anymore, no settings changed, what happened?

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    1. Dropbox has changed API for access this service thru apps. Please wait a little, new update of FieldScaper already in the way )

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  17. Enjoying the app. I wonder whether there could be finer control of the delay below 75ms. There's plenty of timbral variety to be experienced here.

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    1. Will add in one of the next version )

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