Tuesday, March 8, 2022

SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine

SpaceFields is a mangler effect for creating slowly changing rhythmic sound structures in a deep reverb space from any external signal. Great for experimenting and designing ambient and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements.

>>> Get this app on App Store

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.

This app has an easy-to-use user interface, where all the main controls are located on the single screen, and it is ready to use right out of the box, even without additional settings. And at the same time, you can easily change the parameters of the impulse responses from the built-in library to create your own sound.

Even using the randomization button, in almost every case, you will get interesting and various soundscapes and textures. With this option it is very easy to create the basis of new, unique presets, requiring only slight tweaks to 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.

SpaceFields works on iPhone and iPad standalone, as an Audio Unit or Inter-App Audio module, and supports Audiobus and Ableton Link. It supports external control of parameters through MIDI (with a midi learn option) and in Audio Unit mode has a built-in, detailed description of all parameters.

>>> Complete description of SpaceFields 1.2 (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)


  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.