If you are a bit of an iOS music app addict then you might well have been aware of the ‘coming soon…’ status of Borderlands Granular as developer Chris Carlson has been sharing some information about the upcoming release via various social media outlets and on the app’s website.
Anyway, Borderlands Granular v.2.0 has hit the App Store today and will, I suspect, be something that iOS synth-heads and sound designers will find very interesting and quite possibly difficult to resist, whether you were familiar with v.1.0 of the app – originally released back in October 2012 apparently and not updated since – or not (I wasn’t; my bad I guess).
On a practical level, the app is for iOS7.0 or later, runs on iPad only and is a 15MB download. It is currently priced at UK$£7.99. What’s perhaps more interesting is the fascinating looking user interface – as can be seen in the videos embedded below – that demonstrates how this is very much a music/sound tool that is designed with the touchscreen very much in mind.
As the app’s name suggests, this is a granular synthesis-based engine so it uses underlying audio samples (some are included but you can also load your own) and then re-samples small ‘grains’ (parts) of these to form the basis of a new sound. What seems really attractive about Borderlands Granular is just how you manipulate the synth engine’s parameters using the touch screen. Whether you use your iPad for music or for sound design (the apps produces some brilliant evolving soundscapes that would work well in a music-to-picture context), this looks like it might well have lots to offer.
The app includes Audiobus and Audioshare support. It also allows real-time audio input recording and granulation. Gestures made to adjust the sound parameters can also be recorded to create sound automation. Accelerometer support for adjusting sounds is also included.
Anyway, Borderlands Granular does look – and sound – very interesting indeed. Check out the videos below and feel free to take the plunge… but as soon as I’ve had a chance to properly explore the app, I’ll post a full review.