Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Stellarvox: Improvisation with guitar

Stellarvox is a hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer, combining it with algorithmic reflections tail processing, is ideal to creating immersive ambience of deep spaces, lush atmospheric textures or stunning whispering backgrounds in your ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design projects.

>>> More about Stellarvox







Thursday, July 4, 2024

VintageRack process vintage synths

In this demo I tried to give some ambience and depth to the sound of vintage synths by adding a little processing with several effects in the VintageRack app specifically for each track. These are not factory presets. But the parameters of the effects modules in this app are kept to a minimum and represent the most suitable use cases. So it's very easy to choice a line of effects and customize it for any instrument in accordance with the general idea.

The original tracks, without any processing, were recorded from real instruments and were kindly provided by @ohm_studi_ohm, as were images of these instruments from which they were recorded. On his channel you can find original demos of these synths and other interesting instruments and devices.

>>> Vintage musical instruments and gear servicing






VintageRack (iOS/Mac) is a minimalistic and convenient multi-effect application that contains modules realistically modeling notable retro gear from the early digital era with their inherent aesthetics and atmosphere. Most of the effects in this application have been inspired and based on the principles of actual hardware from the 70s and 80s, which is great for giving the sound of any instrument the nostalgic and emotional mood of old recordings.

>>> More about VintageRack


Saturday, June 29, 2024

NoInputMixer: Orientation!

Very detailed review and walkthrough of NoInputMixer app.

NoInputMixer (iOS/Mac) is an experimental feedback-based musical instrument that models an analog mixing console, designed to create a wide range of amazing, otherworldly electronic sounds by feeding the mixer's output back to its input.

>>> More about NoInputMixer






You're not supposed to connect the output of a mixing board to its input. “You might see a caution notice in a manual for a mixer if you buy one, saying 'This might cause feedback,'” says Toshimaru Nakamura, one of Japan's leading experimental musicians. “Feedback is probably something sound technicians want to avoid, but it sometimes makes musicians happy and excited. So, I did what the manual says not to do.” Nakamura found that after rerouting the signal back into the mixer, the resulting feedback could be controlled with its knobs and faders. In doing so, Nakamura created the no-input mixing board, an instrument that has been deployed worldwide in experimental circles.

Bandcamp: A Guide to Toshimaru Nakamura’s No-Input Mixing Board



SoundForMore Tutorials: NoInputMixer - Demo: Drone Presets





Thursday, June 27, 2024

NoInputMixer (iOS/Mac) updated to version 1.2

The Strange World of No-Input Mixing

No-Input Mixing is a strange and somewhat counter-intuitive process of generating sound from a mixing board without external sound sources. In its essence, it involves routing mixer outputs back into inputs, creating feedback and oscillations largely driven by the self-noise of the device.

By using this technique in the creative process, the sound designer can explore many different and special ways to create sound. Unsettling soundscapes perfect for sci-fi, dystopian and horror projects, like strange noises, disrupted signals, broken communication, buzzing drones, faulty machinery, futuristic tech sounds, and glitchy elements are some results of the No-Input Mixing technique.

NoInputMixer app models an analog mixing console and effects rack in detail, giving you the ability to create a huge number of feedback configurations with additional effects. It consists of a seven-channel mixer and an effects rack with eight slots. Each effect slot can be configured as an insert effect for a mixer channel or used with two send/return buses. The easy-to-use user interface allows you to switch between classic mixer view or complete control of single channel. In addition, a large set of ready-to-use drone and noise presets with a parameter randomizer provide a great point for quickly getting started with this app.

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What's new in version 1.2:

  • Redesigned and improved user interface (you can revert to previous in the app settings).
  • The new option to set the parameters of the current channel to their initial state.
  • Added a lot of new drone/noise presets (Thanks to Robert Dowell!).
  • Some minor bugs were fixed.

>>> More about NoInputMixer







Wednesday, May 1, 2024

SpaceFields (iOS/Mac) updated to version 1.6

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.

This update significantly improves the user interface and makes it simpler and more convenient.

What's new:

  • Switching between the Sampler and Main screens is located in the upper left corner.
  • The "More" button in the top right opens a pop-up menu with additional options.
  • Select buttons from a list of values open a pop-up menu.
  • New option to randomize automation parameters.
  • The sound engine has been optimized.
  • The description updated and improved.
  • Some minor bugs were fixed.

>>> More about SpaceFields



Live improv with two apps SpaceFields and NoInputMixer. Audio unit host AUM app on iPad.




An excellent sound source for SpaceFields to creating deep and extensive cosmic structures and otherworldly backgrounds:

>>> NoInputMixer - Feedback-based instrument (iOS/Mac)

Experimental feedback-based musical instrument that models an analog mixing console, designed to create a wide range of amazing, otherworldly electronic sounds by feeding the mixer's output back to its input.




Saturday, March 30, 2024

Spring Sale! All Apps

Follow the link "More about this app" to learn more about the app, download the PDF description (also built-in the app) and watch the video demos and tutorials.

>>> Also check out the apps features demo on YouTube.


Stellarvox - Ambient reverb space designer >> App Store

Stellarvox (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer, combining it with algorithmic reflections tail processing, is ideal to creating immersive ambience of deep spaces, lush atmospheric textures or stunning whispering backgrounds in your ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design projects. >>> More about this app

NoInputMixer - Feedback-based instrument >> App Store

NoInputMixer (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is an experimental feedback-based musical instrument that models an analog mixing console, designed to create a wide range of amazing, otherworldly electronic sounds by feeding the mixer's output back to its input. >>> More about this app

GlitchScaper - Rhythm & Glitch machine >> App Store

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. >>> More about this app

VintageRack - Easy LoFi Vintage Vibe Effects >> App Store

VintageRack (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a minimalistic and convenient multi-effect application that contains modules realistically modeling notable retro gear from the early digital era with their inherent aesthetics and atmosphere. >>> More about this app

SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine >> App Store

SpaceFields (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) 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. >>> More about this app

AltiSpace 2 - Advanced Convolution Reverb >> App Store

AltiSpace (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a convolution reverb app with advanced controls that provides realistic sounding natural acoustic space or vintage reverb devices for any track or mix. >>> More about this app

SoundSaw - The Art of Sound Destruction >> App Store

SoundSaw (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene. >>> More about this app

BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing & recombining >> App Store

BeatCutter (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is an experimental multi-channel app for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm. In the center of the app is a matrix of sample cells with smoothly reconfigurable recording, playback and control busses. >>> More about this app

ClassicFX - Reworked classic audio effects >> App Store

A complete sound effects processor and a mono to stereo converter with equalizer, effects and reverb, based on specially designed high-quality processing algorithms and suitable for any kind of audio sources. >>> More about this app

SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer >> App Store

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

SynthScaper LE - Multitimbral atmospheric synth >> App Store

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

FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor >> App Store

Advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. >>> More about this app

SoundScaper - An experimental sound mini lab >> App Store

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

VintageRack (iOS/Mac) updated to version 1.5

VintageRack is a minimalistic and convenient multi-effect application that contains modules realistically modeling notable retro gear from the early digital era with their inherent aesthetics and atmosphere. Most of the effects in this application have been inspired and based on the principles of actual hardware from the 70s and 80s, which is great for giving the sound of any instrument the nostalgic and emotional mood of old recordings.

This update significantly improves the user interface, streamlines it and adds several new options.

What's new:

  • The pop-up menu opened by the "More" button contains two convenient "Copy" / "Paste" options for copying presets.
  • Preset selection and "Mute" buttons have become more visible when turned on.
  • A selection of preset banks is placed on the main screen.
  • Section titles have been enlarged, and the selection of effects has been made into a pop-up menu.
  • The sound engine has been optimized and now it sound even better.
  • The description has been updated with new options (PDF available).
  • Some minor bugs were fixed.

>>> More about VintageRack









Friday, March 15, 2024

A bit of sound art

Henry Lowengard did some interesting demos with my apps NoInputMixer and Stellarvox, along with a few other apps. Sound art in deep space!



NoInputMixer app playing a very slow "Geiger" noise into Furrow app, out to 4 busses in AUM host app, each connected to a different Objeq app resonator, mixed to one bus feeding Stellarvox app.

I'm working on Furrow app some more. Once I refactor its innards, there will be a whole lot of Furrowing going on. Furrow switches the audio to the next bus on each envelope transient. It will have many more algorithms for loading and processing incoming audio into multiple busses (up to 32).




New from GPT2 and me: Hot Chocolate.
Words: GPT-2
Voice: Dorothy from elevenlabs.io
Music: Fugue Machine, Pianoteq Vibes, Klevgrand Speldosa, Fractal Bits
Processing: Virtual Room for 3d placement, Stellarvox for reverbiness
Painting by MidJourney




NoInputMixer - Feedback-based instrument >> App Store

NoInputMixer (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is an experimental feedback-based musical instrument that models an analog mixing console, designed to create a wide range of amazing, otherworldly electronic sounds by feeding the mixer's output back to its input. >>> More about this app

Stellarvox - Ambient reverberation space designer >> App Store

Stellarvox (iOS, Mac, Audio unit) is a hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer, combining it with algorithmic reflections tail processing, is ideal to creating immersive ambience of deep spaces, lush atmospheric textures or stunning whispering backgrounds in your ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design projects. >>> More about this app

Monday, March 11, 2024

Stellarvox (iOS/Mac) updated to version 1.1

Stellarvox is a hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer, combining it with algorithmic reflections tail processing, is ideal to creating immersive ambience of deep spaces, lush atmospheric textures or stunning whispering backgrounds in your ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design projects.

This update significantly improves the app's usability and adds new features. What's new:

  • Smooth and faster changes parameters in reverb space model without noticeable crackless.
  • New modes of main reverb input for different kind of signal sources.
  • The convolution reverb can operate in four-channel mode for better processing of stereo input.
  • New type of generated impulse response - Inverted and Reversed, for more experimentation.
  • Improved and serviced sound engine.
  • Added several new presets.
  • The description has been updated with new features.
  • Some minor bugs were fixed.

>>> More about Stellarvox



Noise drone from two mysterious sound boxes, vintage tape delay (Roland RE-201) and one filter bank (Akai MFC42). Deep cosmic ambient was provided by Stellarvox app.




Want to use your own impulse response samples with convolution reverb?

And also get a huge built-in library of the most interesting vintage reverb devices!

>>> AltiSpace - Advanced Convolution Reverb (iOS/Mac)

Convolution reverb app with advanced controls that provides realistic sounding natural acoustic space or vintage reverb devices for any track or mix. It 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.




Friday, February 16, 2024

Stellarvox - Ambient reverberation space designer

Hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer, combining it with algorithmic reflections tail processing, is ideal to creating immersive ambience of deep spaces, lush atmospheric textures or stunning whispering backgrounds in your ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design projects.

>>> Get this app on App Store
Universal app for iOS and macOS (AUv3)

Unlike traditional algorithmic reverbs, Stellarvox constructs a complex model of a vast resonant sound spaces with choice of geometry, dimensions and tonal structure of the space, along with a unique feature that dynamically change the timbre of reflections over the reverberation time. The second algorithmic reverb allows you to prolong and blur reflections, adding extra dimensions to the sound space.

Easy-to-use controls on a single screen, along with optimally designed parameters that always give great results, make insignificant the peculiarity of that kind of reverbs, when the model creates with a little delay after changing it. Factory presets and the random feature will give you a starting point of inspiration and allow you to get a quick result where you need just to slightly tweak the parameters to align with your idea.

This application is great for ambient projects, it can create mesmerizing atmosphere from single infrequent sounds of various instruments, or giving a beautiful and deep backgrounds to sharp sequences in electronics, as well as for any experimental projects that require unusual, deep and rich sound ambience.

>> What's inside? Know more!






Stellarvox 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). Stellarvox works on iPhone and iPad standalone, as an Audio Unit or Inter-App Audio module, with supports Audiobus host app. On MacOS, Stellarvox can works both as a standalone application and as an Audio unit (AUv3) with DAWs and other hosts that support AUv3 plugins. All application features are available on iOS and macOS, including MIDI support (with a MIDI learn option) and audio unit parameters. Stellarvox has a built-in detailed description of all parameters also available as PDF file on the application site.



>>> Complete description of Stellarvox 1.1 (pdf)

Demos and reviews:

Unlock Immersive Ambience: Stellarvox Reverb Tutorial #1 (SoundForMore Tutorials)

Stellarvox - Create Amazing Spaces - iPad Demo (The Sound Test Room)

What Happens When 5 Stellarvox's Get Sucked Into Eventide Blackhole (The Sound Test Room)

Stellarvox using guitars and No Input Mixer (e y l v y)

Stellarvox 1 min 30 Demo of Gavinski's Presets (Gavinski's Tutorials)

SunVox + Stellarvox demo (Alexander Zolotov)

Stellarvox Musings (Ken Karsh)

Stellarvox - Arctic Emptiness (Colin Powell)




Thursday, February 15, 2024

Stellarvox - ready to release

Today I finished working on another application. Stellarvox is an experiment in which I tried to expand the algorithm of the space impulse response (IR) generator, supplementing it with a set of various single pulses (very short IR), which are essentially filters in the impulse response sample for convolution reverb and form the timbre of the reverberation space. The result is very interesting virtual spaces with different sound characteristics.

To experiment with the sound of space and in order to make it somehow more unusual and unrealistic, I made it possible to add an additional signal with different frequency spectra to the generated IR sample and the ability to process this signal with various filters in which the frequency changes from the beginning to the end of the signal (length which corresponds to the reverberation time). This signal gives a very peculiar tail of reflections that are not tied to the space model itself, but are audibly felt as its continuation.

Well, in order to make this application completely experimental, I added the so-called "Schroeder reverb" algorithm, which is built on the principle of a series of delays with all-pass filters. This algorithm is good because it gives a fairly blurry tail of reflections for almost any source signal. Combined with the convolution reverb, it adds blur to the reflections tail and makes the reverberation space more saturated and vibrant, although even less reality. Also, when the inverted convolution sample mode is selected, the algorithmic reverb may produce early reflections before the convolution reverb begins to sound.

The goal of this project was not to make another virtual room simulator, but to create a generator of unusual, deep and rich spaces with a long reverberation time and a long reflections tail. The result is an interesting and quite unique application that is very well suited for adding spatial and background to sequences and arpeggios of various synths, including those with a predominant low-frequency spectrum in electronic music. But even more interesting is the sound of individual notes and sounds in which all transitions in space are clearly audible. This is great for ambient and experimental projects.




TabMuse: NoInputMixer Opens New Frontiers in Synthesis

NoInputMixer for iOS and macOS Opens New Frontiers in Synthesis

Paul Williams - No input mixing is a boutique synthesis technique used by sound designers usually armed with only a mixer and some cables. It offers an exploratory approach focused on the creative control of noise and feedback. If interested in new frontiers of sonic exploration, this is a sound design area worthy of your notice.

>> Read the full article on TabMuse.com



Simply experimenting remains the right approach to get the most out of the app. There are no mistakes when using NoInputMixer! For example, during one of my first sessions with the app, I somehow stumbled upon this interesting rhythm. Working in AUM, I simply hit record with the following result.








Tuesday, January 30, 2024

A new app is on the way - Stellarvox

Stellarvox - Ambient reverberation space designer (iOS/Mac/Audio unit).

Hybrid reverb with an artificial space designer and a second stage of algorithmic reflections is ideal for creating rich sound atmospheres and whispering backgrounds in ambient, electronic, experimental and sound design.






Which app is best for experimenting with deep and rich backgrounds? Maybe NoInputMixer?

NoInputMixer - Feedback-based instrument >> App Store

NoInputMixer (iOS, macOS, AUv3) is an experimental feedback-based musical instrument that models an analog mixing console, designed to create a wide range of amazing, otherworldly electronic sounds by feeding the mixer's output back to its input. >>> More about this app