Saturday, August 4, 2018

SynthScaper Tutorial

Great and very detailed review and tutorial of SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer




Synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between.

The sound engine of SynthScaper has its own unique sounding differ from any other software synths. You can construct outstanding melodic pads or atonal soundscapes from different kind of built-in or downloaded samples by using all power of multi-layered oscillators, chains of filters and effects, envelope generators and low frequency oscillators. Or you can create your own sound scenes combining oscillators presets from build-in library. Or just use predefined scenes.

>>> More details about SynthScaper



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FieldScaper is an 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.

>>> More details about FieldScaper

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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SynthScaper nominated for "The Best new iOS app of 2017" by MusicRadar

SynthScaper nominated for "The TabMuse Top iOS Music Apps of 2017"





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Monday, July 30, 2018

SynthScaper - How to assign "LFO" to parameters

SynthScaper has three independent multi-layered oscillators and each of them has six LFO (low-frequency oscillator) which can be assigned to automatically change parameters of oscillators or filters.



SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between.



The best way to start learning the work of LFO is to use the initial settings of all parameters so that the oscillator works in simple mode and no any settings affect to it. The special scene "Empty scene" set the initial values of all parameters. In this scene oscillators 1 and 3 are muted and for oscillator 2 is used only first layer with sine waveform. Filters, Envelopes and LFOs are not assigned (excluding base Envelope generator for parameter "Level").

If you are sure that you only need to know how to assign LFO to the parameters you can skip next step.

1. Set "Empty scene"

From the list of scenes select "Empty scene" to set all parameters to initial values.

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- On the main screen tap on area at the top with name of current scene.
- From the main list of scenes select "Empty scene". If the list is show content one of scenes group, tap the button "Back" above the list to go to the main list.
- Tap the button "Set" below to set the empty scene.
- Close the list by button "Close".

2. Select sample

Any LFO can be assigned to the oscillator parameters on the panel "Oscillator parameters" or assigned to filters parameters on the panel "Filter parameters".

- On the main screen tap button "Osc" on the left panel in area of oscillator 2 (in the middle of left panel).
- For this example will be used only layer 1. Tap button "Layer 1" to select this layer. All parameters in this panel below layers buttons will be applied only to the selected layer.
- If you select "Layer all" the value of each parameters below will be applied to all three layers, but only when you will change it.
- Tap the dashed area below to open the panel "Samples library" where you can select and set the sample for the current oscillator and current layer.


- In the "Samples library" you need to select the sample from built-in library. At the title of panel tap the button "Built-in" to switch on the list of built-in library. If you need to select the sample uploaded to this app use the button "User" to switch on the user library.
- Select the sample that differ from sine wave for more noticeable result. For example select the sample "Saw down" from the group "Generated".
- Tap the button "Set sample" to set the selected sample for oscillator 2 and layer 1.


3. Assign LFO

One of six LFOs available for each oscillator can be assigned to the parameters indicated at the bottom of panel. Below the title of each parameter there are buttons "Env" for assign envelope generator (ADSR) and LFO for assign low-frequency oscillator to this parameter. When LFO or Envelope are assigned to the parameter the button has green mark at the left corner and number of assigned LFO or Envelope generator will show.

- You can assign the same or different LFOs to each parameter of each layer. If you need assign the same LFO for the all layers select "Layer all" at the top of panel then assign LFO.
- Tap the button "LFO" below title "Level" to open LFO control panel.


- In the title of LFO control panel there are 6 buttons to select one of LFOs. Select LFO 1.
- Tap the button "Assign" to assign LFO 1 to the parameter "Level". When you close this panel the button below parameter "Level" will have green mark and title "LFO 1".
- Below button "Assign" there is knob which change value of parameter that you selected to assign LFO (ie value of "Level" in this example). This is the same value which you can set in oscillator control panel. Slightly decrease this value so that LFO can varying this parameter.
- Use knob "Range" to set the range in which LFO will varying this parameter. Each LFO has parameter "Depth" which set the level of variations of this LFO. Since the same LFO can be assigned for several parameters so you should use knob "Range" to set individual level of variations for each assigned parameters.
- Use button "Short" to set short range of rates for this LFO. Then set some rate by knob "Rate".
- Set the depth of LFO variations by knob "Depth". You will see the changing of LFO graph (brown) and changing graph of parameter "Level" (green). If you change the knob "Range" only graph of the parameter variations will changing.


The value of each parameter on which LFO can be assigned you can set not only in LFO control panel but also in the panel "Oscillator parameters" on the ring control at the left on that panel (excluding parameter "Pitch").

Also on this control green marks indicate actual value of parameter. Actual value will differ from base value which you set when this parameter will changing by LFO, Envelope generator (ADSR) or when controls Effect 1 / 2 will be assigned to this parameter.


Each oscillator has three slot for filters / effects. You can select filters and effects in the panel "Filter parameters". On the main screen tap button "Flt" next from button "Osc" on the left panel to open "Filter parameters".

To assign LFO to the filter or effect parameter tap the button "LFO" below the controls of filter. The LFO can be assigned to the two main parameters of each filter / effect. This is the same LFOs that you assign for oscillator parameters.


4. More secrets

When you want to get interesting effects with multi layered mode you can use phase shift for LFO assigned for specific parameter in all layers.

For example. When you set the samples for more than one layer and these layers are audible assign any LFO to parameter "Level" or "Balance" for all layers. For this tap the button "Layer all" on the panel "Oscillator parameters" then tap "LFO" below "Level" or "Balance". Set all LFO parameters just about as in example above.

Then in the panel "Oscillator parameters" select "Layer 1", tap button "LFO" and set some value (not so big) of parameter "Phase". And repeat this step for layer 2 and 3 with other values of phase.

In result this parameter for all layers will varying with the same rate but will differ in each layer. If you use this way for "Balance" it can adds very interesting spatial variations.


Feel free to experiment with SynthScaper and you will be able to get a more interesting result than with other synths.



See also:

[ SynthScaper - How to use "Effect" parameters (guide with pictures) ]

[ SynthScaper - Two-Voiced Drone (guide with pictures) ]

[ SynthScaper - Start with your own samples (guide with pictures) ]

[ SynthScaper - The Designer tool (short description) ]

[ SynthScaper - Automate pitch shifting (video demo) ]

[ SynthScaper - One shot sample demo (video demo) ]

[ SynthScaper modules connection diagram (big picture) ]

[ Complete description of SynthScaper 1.3 in one PDF file ]







Saturday, July 28, 2018

FieldScaper Tutorial

The most comprehensive tutorial for FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor for iPhone / iPad!






FieldScaper is an 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.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

FieldScaper 2.0 has been released

FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder & scapes constructor for iPhone and iPad

With this update you can add rhythmic effects and distortions with using built-in step sequencer. The sequencer and LFOs can be synced with other apps and devices thru MIDI, Inter-App Audio or with Ableton Link.

New parametric equalizer can isolate or suppress oscillators output in a certain frequency range so that they not interfere each other. With equalizer added automatic gain control for oscillators output.

Also you can pack scene and all its presets and samples to single file. This new feature is very useful for copying scene to another device or backup.


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All changes:

  • Added new presets.
  • Ableton Link start / stop sync.
  • Step sequencer for each oscillator.
  • Parametric equalizer for each oscillator.
  • Signal amplification before filters and EQ.
  • Automatic gain control of output for each oscillator.
  • Synced Sequencer / LFOs with Ableton Link, IAA, MIDI.
  • Pack scene and all its samples / presets to single file.
  • Ableton Link SDK 3.0.2 updated.
  • Audiobus SDK 3.0.5 updated.
  • Built-in description updated.
  • Several minor bugs were fixed.



FieldScaper is 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.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Using iOS apps for live performance

These several examples demonstrate how iOS apps can be used for live performance and studio recording together with other instruments and audio devices.

Usually for live performance very convenient use the MIDI controller for control the audio processing apps or simple MIDI keyboard for synthesizer apps. For the best audio preferable to use an external audio interface connected to the iOS device. With MIDI controller and audio interface you can conveniently use apps for live performance even on iPhone.

To connect several USB MIDI and audio devices to single iPad or iPhone you can use simple non-powered USB hub. Mostly any hub works without problems. But in this case you should use power adapters for your MIDI controllers and audio interfaces. Or you can use powered hub and connect to him any controller that can powering thru USB.

Also you need have "Lightning to USB Camera Adapter" to connect USB hub to the iOS device:

Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (with this adapter iOS device will powering from battery)
Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (this adapter can power and charge iOS device)

In this setup were used two apps SynthScaper and FieldScaper on iPads, three DIY sound boxes and analog synthesizer with two analog effect units.

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The SynthScaper app was controlled by a MIDI keyboard/controller Akai MPK49, and FieldScaper app by MIDI controller Novation Zero MKII. Each iPad with own app was connected to individual audio interface Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. Stereo outputs from these interfaces were mixing and recording on Tascam Portastudio 424 Mk III. Of course it could be any other mixer and recorder. Also to the mixer was connected separate mono audio output from synthesizer Roland Juno-60 processed thru filter Akai MFC42 and tape delay Roland RE-201 Space echo.

Outputs from DIY sound boxes were connected to external audio interface of FieldScaper app. The FieldScaper processed sound from these devices in real time with the first oscillator in the "Loop" mode, and also plays and processed several pre-recorded loops in the second and third oscillators.

This setup in action:



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There is another setup with SynthScaper and SoundScaper apps.

In this example different oscillators in SynthScaper control by external MIDI sequencer Doepfer Dark Time and MIDI keyboard/controller Akai MPK49. The SoundScaper app was operated by MIDI controller Korg nanoKontrol2. Two stereo outputs from external audio interfaces Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 were mixed and recorded on Tascam Portastudio 424 Mk III.

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All USB devices (except Korg nanoKontrol2) have own power supplies and connected to iPads thru non-powered USB hubs. Korg nanoKontrol2 powering from iPad battery thru USB hub.

This setup in action:



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Two synthesizers processed by FieldScaper app.

In this example two synthesizers - Roland Juno-60 with additional effect unit Roland RE-201 Space echo and Korg MS2000 were used as external audio sources for first oscillator in FieldScaper app. This oscillator was configured in "Looper" - "Effect" mode. Synthesizers were connected to two different input channels of external audio interface Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. In the app these channels mixed to one for use in oscillator. For this oscillator was used the slightly modified preset "Dark and foreboding places".

Two other oscillators in FieldScaper app were configured for using pre-recorded samples with several presets. All oscillators were operated by using MIDI controller Novation Zero MKII. The six faders at the right side are assigned on "Main effect" and "Output level" for each oscillator. Buttons below assigned for switch between presets and samples. Knobs at the left side are assigned for mixer "Distance" / "Panorama", filter "Frequency" / "Resonance" and for "Clock" / "Clock offset".

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Stereo output from FieldScaper app thru external audio interface was recorded on Roland V-Studio 100.

This setup in action:



[ More about FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor ]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Space ambient

Live improvisation with iPad apps SynthScaper and FieldScaper (using factory presets). And also with three magic boxes as sound sources for FieldScaper app and Roland Juno-60 with Akai MFC42 and Space Echo RE-201. Recorded on Tascam Portastudio 424 mk III. Without post-processing.






SynthScaper is a synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between.

You can construct melodic pads or atonal soundscapes from different kind of built-in or downloaded samples by using all power of multi-layered oscillators, chains of filters and effects, envelope generators and low frequency oscillators. Or just use predefined scenes and creating your own scenes from library of oscillators presets.

[ More about SynthScaper ]

[ Complete description of SynthScaper 1.3 in PDF file ]



FieldScaper is 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.

[ More about FieldScaper ]

[ Complete description of FieldScaper 1.9 in PDF file ]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FieldScaper ver. 1.9 has been released

FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder and scapes constructor for iPhone and iPad ver. 1.9 has been released!

With this update you can access FieldScaper records and samples by using iOS 11 Files app. Just open app "Files" - "On My iPad (iPhone)" - "FieldScaper" to copy, move, delete or rename any file which contains in FieldScaper. Also with Files app you can easily copy samples to FieldScaper from any other apps or storage cloud services.





FieldScaper is 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.

[ More about FieldScaper ]

[ Complete description of FieldScaper 1.9 in PDF file ]












FieldScaper app processes external synths and playback the samples:

[ Know more about this setup ]








Abstract patterns (FieldScaper and Korg Monotron only):

[ Know more about this setup ]


















Sunday, April 1, 2018

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