Haaze launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU audio effects collection with stereo image processor

Download from iTunes App Storehaaze-logo-1I’ve reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two – Vandelay, SquashitSvep, RoverbEnkl, WeeelKorvpressor, PressIt and Esspresso. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see… and, in every case, I’ve been hugely impressed with the creative possibilities that these apps provide. In addition, the novel – and very streamlined – user interfaces are ideal for the AU format.

Klevgränd launched a further app – Jussi – recently. This is a vocal synthesizer (so a bit of a niche instrument) but inexpensive and, as perKlevgränd’s usual approach, uses a very simple, intuitive and effective interface. It was delivered in formats for desktop (AU, VST) and iOS (standalone and AU)….  and, yes, that list didn’t include established iOS audio formats of Audiobus or IAA; Klevgränd see AU as the future and so are focusing on that format. This is an approach I think is right….  but, of course, your mileage might vary on that point.

Haaze - stereo processing in an AU format for iOS.

Haaze – stereo processing in an AU format for iOS.

Anyway, Klevgränd are back with a further new release today. This time they are back to their more usual territory with Haaze as this is an audio processor/effect app that focuses on manipulating your stereo image. As with other apps in their catalogue, Haaze is delivered for both desktop and iOS formats. Under iOS, the app is universal, requires iOS9.1 or later, is a 55MB download and launched with a special discounted UK£3.99/US$4.99 price tag.

It is, like Jussi, also launched in either a standalone or AU format only – no Audiobus or IAA – so, to get the best out of the app, you will need a suitable AU host. I’ll post a full review when I’ve spent a bit more time with the app but, in reality, this is a doddle to use as the control set follows the KISS approach that Klevgränd usually adopt in their UIs.

The app also ran very nicely within AUM....

The app also ran very nicely within AUM….

In terms of the stereo processing, Haaze offer two approaches. One is based upon the Haas effect (a short delay is applied to the left and right channels to create a stereo image) while the other uses EQ (the sound is split by frequency with adjacent frequency bands then panned left/right to create a sense of stereo. Both effects can be applied at the same time.

You can, therefore, use the app to make a mono track sound ‘stereo’ or to enhance the width of an existing stereo track. My initial experiments in Cubasis and AUM suggest the results are really very good (I’ll do a comparison between this and Stereo Designer when I get a chance) and the only qualifier to add is one that applies with all stereo enhancement processing; be careful that you don’t apply the process in a way that creates problems if you then happen to listen to the audio on a mono playback system. Other than that, this is a very cool sounding effect and well worth a look.

Haaze is another audio effect which almost any iOS musician could find a good home for. Full review to follow but, as a Friday release, this is definitely ‘something for the week-end’ if you are looking for a new purchase from the App Store :-)  Check out the video below (via headphones or a decent monitoring system for best results!) and then hit the download button to find out more and grab the app at the special launch price….


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    1. I look forward to testing this out. Got a bunch of Mono channels from machines going through AUM which could benefit from a bit of spread. I guess like all good FX they can be tamed by putting them on the Bus ;-)

    2. I’ve recently been working on some recordings with a stripped-down, acoustic guitar-based approach (think early Elliott Smith, “Pink Moon”, etc.). Multiple mikes on the guitar (and plenty of use of MicSwap Pro to give an extra “virtual” mike), and during mixing I have been doing some “Haas effect”-type processing to expand the guitar sound subtly in the stereo space.

      It’s a bit of a shame that Klevgränd didn’t release this a couple of weeks ago, as I picked up Holderness’ Stereo Designer when it was recently on sale (and have been using it during my current project).

      Still, £3.99 isn’t a ruinous price – I may still invest in Haaze, as I like Klevgränd’s KISS approach to their user interfaces, and I like their sound and their commitment to the AU format. Hopefully they’ll keep the sale price on the Mac AU plugin until the end of the month (payday!)…

      • Hi Tim…. I think there is most certainly a place for both apps. Stereo Designer has a more detailed control set but both sound great when used with sensible moderation. here’s hoping the Holderness media apps all get the AU treatment at some point as I’m sure their UI would translate well to the AU format…. best wishes, John

    3. All Klevgrands apps are beautifully executed and produce fantastic results.
      Instant buy yet again :)

    4. Another demo please. I do not listen to music with headphones nearly as much as with just my speakers and I couldn’t hear that much of a difference.

    5. I snapped this up immediately after reading your review, and it’s already improved some old acoustic duo recordings I was remixing. Another very useful AU tool in the box; thank you!

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