I’ve reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two – Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, 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.
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.
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….