BandShift released – VirSyn add a filter/frequency shifter effect to their iOS music app line-up

Download from iTunes App StoreVirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which – Tera SynthmicroTERAHarmony VoiceAddictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, VoxsynArpeggist, AudioEffx and, most recently, the brilliant ReSlice, for example – I’ve reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog.

And they show no signs of slowing things down as we now have yet another new arrival; BandShift. As the name might imply, the app divides an audio signal up into a number of frequency bands (27 in all) and can then apply frequency shifting to each band. The creative/sound design application of this sort of effect soon become apparent when you load it up…  but it could also be used in a more ‘corrective’ fashion if, for example, you just want your kick drum to have a little more low end as you can attempt to isolate just the frequencies involved and shift those.

BandShift – creative and correcting frequency-based pitch-shifting from VirSyn.

Anyway, while the basic principle is fairly straightforward, I suspect the processing algorithms behind the app are less so (glad I’m just a user and not a developer!). The interface is divided into a number of sub-panels for setting the level, pitch-shift and LFO options….  but there is also an FX Control panel with two XY pads for real-time control. That’s a lot of fun….

BandShift launches with AU plugin support included…. as shown here within AUM.

The app ships with Audiobus and IAA support but – also as with more recent VirSyn releases – also arrives with AU support for those with a suitable AU host…  As shown in the screenshots here, I’ve given the app a brief run out both stand-alone (where it can, if you wish, process an existing audio file via its Media Player panel) and via AU (in AUM) and it worked very smoothly. The app is universal, a 16MB download and requires iOS8.0 or later.

BandShift provides 27 frequency bands for you to manipulate your audio with.

The launch price is UK£6.99/US$6.99 which is discounted from what will be the eventual price. I suspect this is an app that is more likely to appeal to those who like to get creative with their sounds rather than the singer-songwriter types but, if you are also a VirSyn fan, then BandShift looks very tempting….   Anyway, a full review will follow shortly but if you are tempted to find out more, watch the demo video below then simply hit the download button :-)


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    1. Well, just got it, and I’m a singer songwriter! Perfect for my needs. Virsyn seems to cater for voice users where other devs don’t. So…

    2. smackeroo says:

      Is the spectrum analyser visible when used in AU with Cubasis as host? Screen grab taken from AUM suggests not

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