For the more experimentally minded, iOS has a number of very good audio effects apps that might appeal. For example, Turnado, EchoPad, Effectrix, Crystalline, birdStepper, Swoopster, WOW Filterbox and LiveFX might all fit in this particular box.
I reviewed another candidate – Deregulator by CKEK software – back in June. With a pocket-money price (the app is currently UK£1.99), Deregulator could be described as a ‘spatial’ processor in that it focuses on stereo delay, echo and reverb effects. These types of effects are, of course, used in a conventional fashion in lots of recording contexts but that’s not what CKEK’s main man – Saveliy Kaliupanov – seems to have in mind with Deregulator :-) It’s wild, weird and quite often wonderful.
It was, in the initial release at least, also quite an assault on the eye… However, as of today, v.2.0 has appeared on the App Store and, amongst a number of new features (including a new logo shown here), the app’s interface has been subjected to a fairly comprehensive overhaul. Yes, it’s still quite a colourful experience but, equally, I think it is much easier to find your way around and use the app’s various settings.
Amongst the other changes are a new preset system, updated support for IAA and Audiobus and a few additions to the effects control set. However, perhaps the other significant change is that the app now has MIDI input and support for MIDI Clock. You should, therefore, be able to configure a hardware controller to link with any of the effects settings and get the app to sync to something like Cubasis or a drum machine to link things like the delay times to a project tempo.
Having given the app a quick spin, it seems to work well under iOS8 and will happily slot into Audiobus. While in use, there is only a portrait mode offered, which is a shame, but the new control layout is a massive improvement on the initial release and, for new users, much less baffling.
Other than that, this is great fun to use if you like your audio effects to be on the bonkers side of unconventional. Those with an experimental streak will, I’m sure, love it. And, at the current asking price, even if only pulled out for your occasional moments of madness, Deregulator is well worth the entry fee.