I’ve reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev’s iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX and Master Record. All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion.
I also reviewed Igor’s SoundScaper just after it appeared on the App Store. This app is a bit of a departure from the more conventional audio effects processing apps Igor had released up until this point. Indeed, there isn’t a lot that you might describe about SoundScaper that deserves the word ‘conventional’ with perhaps the exception of the user interface design (this retains visual elements of Igor’s house style). As suggested by the tag-line, SoundScaper is ‘an experimental sound mini lab’ so what you get are a series of tools for creating soundscapes, drones, glitches, ambient textures and just plain weird noises. If that is the kind of journey into sound that grabs your attention then you will undoubtedly find SoundScaper both a lot of fun and that it has a lot of sonic potential.
And, if you are a fan of SoundScaper then I suspect you are also going to like Igor’s latest release; FieldScaper. Their has been a little teasing of the app over the last few weeks but it hit the App Store this morning and it launched with a special introductory price of just UK£4.49. Like SoundScaper, this FieldScaper is a sound design tool.
Unlike SoundScaper, the new app is universal so the added advantage is that you can carry it with you anywhere on your iPhone or iPod. The functionality is split into two parts; a field-based audio recorder including auto-record options and a ‘scaper sound engine’ with a number of included presets, three sample-based oscillators, filters with resonance and various other ways of manipulating the basic recording. Audiobus and IAA are supported from the off and the app will work with iOS7.0 or later.
If you have an experimental streak or just work with sound design projects, this may well be a bit of a no-brainer. When you are out and about and want to be able to capture those interesting sounds in an instant, FieldScaper is going to be just the thing. A full review will follow shortly but, if you like the weird, wonderful, and sometimes just plain scary, world that Igor’s sound design tools can create, FieldScaper – at the launch price of just UK£4.49 – might be just the thing :-)
FieldScaper – sound warp field recorder and scape constructor