Tuesday, March 8, 2022

SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine

SpaceFields is a loop-based mangler effect to create slowly changing rhythmic sound structures in deep reverb space from any external sources or samples. Great for experimenting and designing ambient and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements.

>>> Get this app on App Store
Universal app for iOS and Mac (Audio unit)

The principle of the application is quite simple. It is based on a loop recorder with two loops. When one loop is recorded, the second is played back. When the loop recording stops, there is a smooth transition between them. Three separate outputs can playback the recorded loop with different pitches (speeds), each with its own effects and two automation generators. The mix of these outputs is fed to the convolution reverb. The reverb is packed with a set of long and deep sound spaces that create a blurry and ambient sound.

But the main feature of this application is its well designed parameters that make it easy to experiment with a huge number of sound options using any source material from live instruments to synthesized sound. With just two parameters you can add complex rhythmic structures based on Euclidean rhythms, and easy-to-use automation generators with a randomize option to add variations to the sound, allowing you to modify parameters like an LFO or based on a given rhythm. The convolution reverb has advanced options with which you can change and extend the original reverb spaces.

Even using the randomization options, in almost every case, you will get interesting and various soundscapes and textures. With these options it is very easy to create the basis for new unique presets. It only takes a little tweaking of some parameters to get impressive results.

The loop recorder can be started and stopped manually or by input signal, can use fixed length or overwrite the loop while recording, and has the option for crossfade between the end and the beginning of the loop. All this makes it convenient for live use as well as when processing recorded material. As an extended option, you can use a special mode in which the application works as a direct effect, without the loop recorder.

The special mode sampler is designed for quickly load samples and easy control of the application when used it live. This panel contains the input and output controls, essential controls of the loop recorder, and a large area with a recording counter, which is also used to start/stop the recorder. You can assign up to nine samples for fast loading into the loop, as well as save a recorded loop as a sample and to an external file.

SpaceFields is a universal application for iOS and macOS. It can work on iPhone and iPad as well as Mac / MacBook with M1 chip (and later). SpaceFields works on iPhone and iPad standalone, as an Audio Unit or Inter-App Audio module, and supports Audiobus and Ableton Link. On macOS, SpaceFields can works both as a standalone application and as an Audio unit (AUv3) with DAWs and audio unit hosts like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Plogue Bidule, and other hosts that support AUv3 plugins. All application features are available on iOS and macOS, including MIDI support (with a midi learn option), audio unit parameters and importing samples from any directory on device. SpaceFields has a built-in detailed description of all parameters.

>>> Complete description of SpaceFields 1.6 (pdf)

Demos and reviews:

SpaceFields - Tutorial 1: Getting Started (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Tutorial 2: Basic Setup for an initial preset and I/O Section (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Tutorial 3: Loop Playback Outputs (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Tutorial 4: Loop Section and Reverb Settings (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Tutorial 5: Loop Automation and Loop Rec Modes (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Tutorial 6: The new Sampler (SoundForMore Tutorials)

SpaceFields - Your Journey Starts Here - iPad Tutorial (The Sound Test Room)

Creating an EP using SpaceFields and 6 Notes - Episode 1 - EP 544 S9 (How To App on iOS)

All of the Cool Presets in SpaceFields - The Daily Digest (How to App on iOS)

First Time In SpaceField (Ken Karsh, guitar and SpaceFields live!)

Experimental Ambient Demo, 14 tricks mentioned in pinned comment! (Gavinski’s Tutorials)

Make your own David Lynch soundtrack with SpaceFields, see pinned comment! (Gavinski’s Tutorials)

SpaceFields & Loadker Twisted Techno Demo, see pinned comment! (Gavinski’s Tutorials)

SpaceFields in the "Direct" mode with Yamaha CS1x synth (live demo)

SpaceFields using guitar/vocals/piano/drums/synth/tape loops/street noises (e y l v y)

SpaceFields - Pre-Release Demo for the iPad (The Sound Test Room)

More glitches? Take a look at this application:

GlitchScaper - Rhythm & Glitch machine

GlitchScaper (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a rhythm machine with six sound generators, each controlled by a two-layer cycle sequencer, designed to easily create glitchy patterns and scapes.


  1. On the next iteration of Complete description of SpaceFields 1.2 (pdf), I request the addition of a block diagram that shows the signal flow. Thank you.

  2. how about a AU ? and not iOS app ?

    1. Upcoming ver. 1.3 will also works on Mac / MacBook with M1 chip (and later) standalone and with any DAWs and hosts which support AUv3 plugins. Not plan for other platforms yet.

  3. No chance it will work in the future with older macs?

  4. please make compatible for pre- M1 processor ....?

    1. Adapting iOS apps for pre M1 Macs takes more time than support M1 and later. Maybe I'll do it a little later.

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  6. I'd like to request a feature (actually, three, now I think about it). First, could you make it possible to poke the Random button via MIDI CC? Second, could you add a "morph" feature similar to the one in Soundscaper? Third, could you add a morph-to-random feature that generates a new random setting and then morphs to it, maybe using a time value based on the CC value?

    1. I'll try to add requested features in the next updates. But perhaps not all at once.

  7. Windows user here. I was wondering if VST is not an option in the near future, how about in CLAP format? I would love to have something like this on PC. Not ready yet to switch to Mac. I do have SpaceFields on iPad Pro though and I love it! It’s almost like having Soma Cosmos on iOS! Thank you for your hard work!

    1. Unfortunately I don't have possibility to make it for Windows yet. But maybe in the future I can do something.