VirSyn 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 Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist, 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.
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….
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.
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 :-)