Saturday, May 30, 2020

SynthScaper LE has been updated

New version SynthScaper LE 1.3 has been released with several updates and improvements.

  • New option Random generates scenes from existing presets.
  • Added a lot of new presets and scenes.
  • Optimization for the new iOS requirements.
  • Some improvements of the user interface.
  • and more






Lush pads, psychedelic synths and atmospheric soundscapes in an easy to use app with a powerful sound engine.

SynthScaper LE has three independent sound generators in which you can use various presets from the large built-in library and create unique multi-timbral sound scenes.


You can tune the general parameters that define the character of the sound of each generator and place them in a common sound space with the spatial mixer.


SynthScaper LE >> More about this app >> App Store

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Classic FX - Review and sound experiments

Want more experimentation with the Classic FX app? This video from The iOS community demonstrates some possible extreme sound processing options using this app. Recommend to see. Very interesting!






Classic FX >> More about this app >> App Store

Classic FX application will add brightness and expand the sound space of any instrument from recorded musical instruments to software and even modular synthesizers.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Interesting posts #1

This blog has grown significantly over the years, and many interesting posts are too far in history to be easy to find. In these posts I will periodically publish several random links to my previous work which I find interesting.



>>> Modified soviet synth Polivoks

This about of my modification of legendary soviet synth Polivoks and demo of processing sound of this synth by my app FieldScaper.



>>> Electricity in the fish life

Sound impressions from old time radio broadcast. Performance together with Alexander Zolotov author of Virtual ANS.

See also video version:

>>> Electricity in the Fish Life (video)


>>> Number Stations

Shortwave impressions from unusual broadcasts of number stations.

These tracks were recorded and mixed live without using DAW. Were used several hardware synths, sequencers, processing devices, also as the sound processing apps on Apple iPad. The record was made on the reel-to-reel 2-track tape recorder. Then this record was digitized and finally processed on iPad with the external audio interface.



FieldScaper app has been updated

FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder and scapes constructor has been updated with  some improvements.

Advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a large collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. With this app you can easily record any environmental sound and instantly turn it into something unusual and very atmospheric. Discover new ways to create and construct unusual and exciting sounds from field recordings or samples recorded from other apps.






FieldScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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.

Classic FX - guitar demo

The great demo of using Classic FX app for processing guitar (Thanks to Ken Karsh!). This application can very neatly decorate the sound of any musical instrument, adding space and saturation. This app is also a great tool for converting a mono source to rich stereo.






Classic FX >> More about this app >> App Store

Classic FX application will add brightness and expand the sound space of any instrument from recorded musical instruments to software and even modular synthesizers.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Classic FX - Reworked classic audio effects

Classic FX application will add brightness and expand the sound space of any instrument from recorded musical instruments to software and even modular synthesizers.

Unique effects with unified control parameters provide convenience and at the same time many opportunities for individual expression and experimentation.

Each effect called “Algorithm” is based on a combination of classic effects, such as echo, rotary speaker, autopan, chorus, flanger, and is almost like a separate application with its own distinctive sonic signature, which you can vary from subtle to very noticeable.

The Morphing function allows you to control the dynamic transformations between any two effects. While this can produce mind-boggling effects, it couldn't be easier to control - you just need to move the fader or push a button. Morphing is not just a crossfade between effects. This is a complex transformation of an effect matrix. Therefore, this can give very interesting effects during the transition.






Some of the other exciting features of Classic FX are:

  • Algorithm with parameters can be stored as a preset.
  • A set of factory default presets.
  • Change a group of parameters at the same time.
  • Manual or automatic morphing once or in a cycle.
  • Envelope follower for dynamic control of each effect.
  • Sequencer for rhythmic control of each effect.
  • Echo module, Sequencer, and Auto morphing synced with the main BPM source.
  • Universal application for iPad and iPhone.
  • Supports Standalone, AUv3, Inter-App audio, Audiobus.
  • Supports Ableton Link with sync tempo and start / stop.




Complete description of Classic FX 1.0 (pdf)


Demos and reviews:

Classic FX - Detailed tutorial (video)

Classic FX - The Sound Test Room Demo & Tutorial (video)

Classic FX - Processing the guitar sound (video)

Classic FX - Review and sound experiments (video)










Monday, April 27, 2020

Limited time sale!

Limited time sale until the release of the new Classic FX app! All *Scaper series - SynthScaper, SynthScaper LE, FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.







Classic FX application will add brightness and expand the sound space of any instrument from recorded musical instruments to software and even modular synthesizers.

Unique effects with unified control parameters provide convenience and at the same time many opportunities for individual expression and experimentation.





SynthScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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

SynthScaper LE >> More about this app >> App Store

The special lightweight version of SynthScaper LE lets you easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes.

FieldScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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.

SoundScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Cracking God's Roof

A very interesting study by Willard Van De Bogart (Bangkok University - language institute) about intuitive nature of creating electronic music with tablet computers. Two of my applications SynthScaper and SoundScaper were used in this work.






This research inspire me to think about the direction of my next applications. I would like to create not just a rigid tool for creating sound, no matter how complicated it is, but an applications with which the user could interact as an object with its own fuzzy logic. And as a result of the interaction, bring our own ideas into this logic and receive unique content in return. So that users are not forced to adapt to the application, but rather to creatively interact in search of their own sound.

That is what I plan to do in the near future (after the release of my new application). I plan a lot of experiments to create very unusual samples for this idea. There will be many photos and videos.



CRACKING GOD'S ROOF: MANIFESTATION AND ADAPTATION ON THE INTUITIVE NATURE OF CREATING ELECTRONIC MUSIC WITH TABLET COMPUTERS

Abstract

Electronic music is advancing not only in the way it is being used in performance but also in the way it is evolving technologically due to software developers advancing the ability of the synthesizer to enable the composer to create newer sounds. The introduction of the amino acid and protein synthesizers from MIT is one such example along with sampling sounds from interstellar bodies through the process of sonification in order to create presets as additional source material for the composer's palette. The creative process used in creating electronic music on a tablet computer introduces a new musical instrument to be used in live music performances. The fluidity and immediacy of how electronic sounds can be created with tablet computer synthesizers affords the composer to have a new behavioral sense of using the tablet synthesizers as a musical instrument that can be played intuitively. Exploring this new interface of musical composition with tablet synthesizers is a subject this paper will address as well as the psychological aspects of how an audience can relate to electronic music as an emerging art form removed from the classical music tradition. What is also covered is how the composer of electronic music can affect the listener's ability to envision new conceptual landscapes leading to experiencing new ideas and subjective fields of visionary experiences. The composer's ability to use conceptual models which influence the way sounds are made and how those sounds influence the listener's experience is an important aspect of this paper.

>>> Download from ResearchGate (PDF)

>>> Download from ACADEMIA (PDF)




Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New SynthScaper presets

New scenes pack from Robert Dowell (TNMOC) for SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE apps.

This pack contains 23 great scenes and presets mainly instrumental that might be of use to some out there. Some of the presets in the scenes are interesting when adding them to other setups.



You can easily use these packs with the SynthScaper LE app by downloading them and then use scenes and presets from these packs or creating new scenes by combining existing presets. Or you can use samples from these packs to create your own, completely new presets or modify existing presets in the advanced version of SynthScaper.

Scenes pack file: WhisperedPast.synthscaper




Even more free preset and samples:

which you can use for SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE, FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.

>>> DistantMemoriesInstrument / DistantMemoriesScape

In these presets are used samples with harsh sounds of modified synth Korg Poly-800, artificial generated noises from Noise Inc and very inspiration sounds recorded from historic computing devices at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.

>>> Digital Domain Soundscapes

This pack contains 74 unique scenes full of strange rustlings and sudden cracklings, mysterious signals and it seems the weird sounds of communications among the old electronic devices.

>>> TNMOC Samples

Over 180 high-quality samples with sounds recorded from historic computing devices at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.

You can use these samples also in FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.

>>> The sound of WITCH

The free scenes pack for SynthScaper app contains 14 presets and 11 samples of unique and very impressive sounds of the original Harwell Dekatron computer, also known as the WITCH (Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation from Harwell), from the early 1950s.

>>> SynthScaper PolyTron800 presets

This scenes pack for SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE apps contains samples recorded from modded Korg Poly-800 mkII and presets based on these samples. It contains 30 unique samples and 17 very atmospheric scenes / presets.

>>> Noise scenes pack from Noise Inc

Great and totally free scenes pack for SynthScaper with 15 noise scenes and 55 samples.

You can use samples from this pack also in FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.


Also look at the video demo about how to download and use scenes pack:

SynthScaper LE - New FREE Sound Bank - iPad Demo



How to download scenes pack files:

1) There is the great guide "How to manage downloads in Safari on iPadOS". When this file will be downloaded to your device you can found it in "iCloud Drive - Downloads" in the system app "Files". Just click to this file and it will be open in the SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE app.

2) Download this file to desktop Mac / PC and save it to your Dropbox or iCloud account. Or use any other way to copy this file to the Dropbox or iCloud. Use the system app "Files" on your iPhone / iPad to select this file and open it, specifying the app SynthScaper or SynthScaper LE as the target. Also you can copy this file to the existing folder "SynthScaper" or "SynthScaper LE" by using the system app "Files".

3) Download this file to desktop Mac / PC and use app "iTunes" - "File sharing" to copy this file to the app SynthScaper or SynthScaper LE.

Open the scenes pack file in the SynthScaper app:

If you open this file in the system app "Files", web browser or any other app, and specify the app SynthScaper LE as the target, this file will be imported automatically. You will see the group with name "... DigitalDomainSoundscapes" in the list of scene groups on the panel "Scenes". This group contains all new scenes.

If you copy this file to the folder "SynthScaper LE" by using system app "Files" or any other app, you need to import this pack to the SynthScaper LE app. Open the panel "Scenes", tap the button "Import scenes" and select the scenes pack file from the folder "SynthScaper LE" or from any other folder.

If you open this file for the advanced version of SynthScaper, this file will be copied to the folder "SynthScaper" and will be available on the panels "File manager" and "Scenes". You need to unpack it manually. Open the panel "Scenes", select this file and tap the button "(Un) Pack" at the title of panel. The group with the name of this file will be created. This group contains all new scenes. All samples from this pack will be available on the panel "File manager" and on the panel "Samples library" - "User".

After importing / unpacking the scenes pack file, you can delete this file if you do not need it.



Know more about these apps:

SynthScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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

SynthScaper LE >> More about this app >> App Store

The special lightweight version of SynthScaper LE lets you easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes.

FieldScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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.

SoundScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New SynthScaper presets arrived

Robert Dowell continues to provide users of SynthScaper app with new and free presets and scenes.

This time, these are two great packs with scenes / presets of instruments and soundscapes. In these presets are used samples with harsh sounds of modified synth Korg Poly-800, artificial generated noises from Noise Inc and very inspiration sounds recorded from historic computing devices at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.



You can easily use these packs with the SynthScaper LE app by downloading them and then use scenes and presets from these packs or creating new scenes by combining existing presets. Or you can use samples from these packs to create your own, completely new presets or modify existing presets in the advanced version of SynthScaper.

Scenes pack file: DistantMemoriesInstrument.synthscaper

Scenes pack file: DistantMemoriesScape.synthscaper



Even more free preset and samples:

which you can use for SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE, FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.

>>> Digital Domain Soundscapes

This pack contains 74 unique scenes full of strange rustlings and sudden cracklings, mysterious signals and it seems the weird sounds of communications among the old electronic devices.

>>> TNMOC Samples

Over 180 high-quality samples with sounds recorded from historic computing devices at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.

You can use these samples also in FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.

>>> The sound of WITCH

The free scenes pack for SynthScaper app contains 14 presets and 11 samples of unique and very impressive sounds of the original Harwell Dekatron computer, also known as the WITCH (Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation from Harwell), from the early 1950s.

>>> SynthScaper PolyTron800 presets

This scenes pack for SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE apps contains samples recorded from modded Korg Poly-800 mkII and presets based on these samples. It contains 30 unique samples and 17 very atmospheric scenes / presets.

>>> Noise scenes pack from Noise Inc

Great and totally free scenes pack for SynthScaper with 15 noise scenes and 55 samples.

You can use samples from this pack also in FieldScaper and SoundScaper apps.


Also look at the video demo about how to download and use scenes pack:

SynthScaper LE - New FREE Sound Bank - iPad Demo



How to download scenes pack files:

1) There is the great guide "How to manage downloads in Safari on iPadOS". When this file will be downloaded to your device you can found it in "iCloud Drive - Downloads" in the system app "Files". Just click to this file and it will be open in the SynthScaper / SynthScaper LE app.

2) Download this file to desktop Mac / PC and save it to your Dropbox or iCloud account. Or use any other way to copy this file to the Dropbox or iCloud. Use the system app "Files" on your iPhone / iPad to select this file and open it, specifying the app SynthScaper or SynthScaper LE as the target. Also you can copy this file to the existing folder "SynthScaper" or "SynthScaper LE" by using the system app "Files".

3) Download this file to desktop Mac / PC and use app "iTunes" - "File sharing" to copy this file to the app SynthScaper or SynthScaper LE.

Open the scenes pack file in the SynthScaper app:

If you open this file in the system app "Files", web browser or any other app, and specify the app SynthScaper LE as the target, this file will be imported automatically. You will see the group with name "... DigitalDomainSoundscapes" in the list of scene groups on the panel "Scenes". This group contains all new scenes.

If you copy this file to the folder "SynthScaper LE" by using system app "Files" or any other app, you need to import this pack to the SynthScaper LE app. Open the panel "Scenes", tap the button "Import scenes" and select the scenes pack file from the folder "SynthScaper LE" or from any other folder.

If you open this file for the advanced version of SynthScaper, this file will be copied to the folder "SynthScaper" and will be available on the panels "File manager" and "Scenes". You need to unpack it manually. Open the panel "Scenes", select this file and tap the button "(Un) Pack" at the title of panel. The group with the name of this file will be created. This group contains all new scenes. All samples from this pack will be available on the panel "File manager" and on the panel "Samples library" - "User".

After importing / unpacking the scenes pack file, you can delete this file if you do not need it.



Know more about these apps:

SynthScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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

SynthScaper LE >> More about this app >> App Store

The special lightweight version of SynthScaper LE lets you easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes.

FieldScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

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.

SoundScaper >> More about this app >> App Store

SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.