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

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 is a complete sound effects processor and a mono to stereo enhancer with equalizer, effects and reverb, based on specially designed high-quality processing algorithms and suitable for any kind of audio sources. Classic FX will add brightness and expand the sound space of any musical instruments, synthesizers, drums or voice. Unique and varied effects with unified control parameters provide convenience and ease setup, while at the same time many opportunities for individual expression and experimentation.

>>> Get this app on App Store

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

Complex and integrated effects sound much more varied and interesting than simple effect modules, and will give you the opportunity not to waste time looking for combinations of single effects, but to start creative work with the sound of your instruments right away.

Another unique feature of this application is the Morphing option, based on a complex transformation of effect matrices, which allows you to control the dynamic transition 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. For more experiments with morphing this application has three linked LFOs to create more complex waveforms to modify the morphing. Each LFO has different ranges, waveforms and can sync with the main BPM. You can see the final waveform of all LFOs on the graph at different scales.

Some of the other exciting features of Classic FX are:

  • Classic FX has 22 unique processing algorithms and 40 different presets.
  • Two slots in which you can use different effects and smoothly morph between them.
  • Three band equalizer with high / low shelving filters and middle peaking filter.
  • Easy to use algorithmic reverb, suitable for any sound source.
  • Limiter on output prevents any possible clipping.
  • Envelope follower for dynamic control of each effect.
  • Sequencer for rhythmic control of each effect.
  • Three special LFO in series to automate morphing.
  • Hot buttons to change the active effect slot.
  • Changing a group of parameters at the same time.
  • Echo module, Sequencer, and Auto morphing synced with the main BPM source.
  • The effect algorithm and its parameters can be saved as a preset.
  • Detailed application description and description of algorithms.
  • Quick info and description of the algorithm used in presets.
  • Universal application for iPad and iPhone.
  • Supports Standalone, AUv3, Inter-App audio, Audiobus.
  • All parameters of equalizer, effects and reverb accessible for AUv3 host.
  • Supports Ableton Link with sync tempo and start / stop.

Complete description of Classic FX 2.2 (pdf)

Demos and reviews:

Classic FX - Exploring the app Part 1, Getting started (video)

Classic FX - Ver. 2.2 new features walkthrough (video)

Classic FX - Tutorial for version 2.0 (video)

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)

Classic FX - Demo with various synths (video)