iDensity update – apeSoft’s multi-stream granulation app gets further tweaks

Download from iTunes App StoreiDensity logo 2Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps and their obvious close collaboration with Amazing Noises and their various iOS music apps. Between these two developer names, I’ve reviewed apps such as apeFilter, Sparkle, Dedalus, apeDelay and DubFilter and, if you have encountered any of these apps then you will know that apeSoft don’t really do ‘conventional’.

However, apeSoft also don’t just do audio effects apps…. they also have a line of iOS ‘instruments’ and/or synths; iDensity, Stria and iPulsaret. These apps are a little more orientated towards ‘playable’ instruments and, within the last few months (indeed, the last couple of weeks for Stria and iPulsaret), all three have updated to v.2.0 and beyond.

I reviewed iPulsaret (UK£5.99/US$7.99) some time ago and hope to get around to both iDensity and Stria at some stage. Both are exactly what you might expect given apeSoft’s track record; unconventional sounding in a very functional user interface. If experimenting with sound is your thing, then these are apps for you.

iDensity - great for creating soundscapes and now with six audio streams to combine....

iDensity – great for creating soundscapes and now with six audio streams to combine….

Originally, iDensity (UK£5.99/US$7.99) shipped with just a single ‘granulation stream’ but, in v.2.0 there was an optional IAP (UK£2.99) that gave you up to four such streams. However, the current version is ‘one price only’ – still UK£5.99/US$7.99 – but, as of v.2.3.5, the IAP model has been removed. You get a total of six granulation streams to play with at the same time and without any further IAP purchases required. These six audio streams can be combined and then you get the usual (well, usual for apeSoft) effects and audio scrubbing features. The end result is all sorts of weird and wonderful noise.

iDensity has Ableton Link support now included.

iDensity has Ableton Link support now included.

Anyway, iDensity has received a couple of updates in the last 10 days or so with v.2.5.5 arriving on the App Store a couple of days ago. This brings a number of technical refinements. For example, the Audiobus and IAA audio routing has been improved while AudioShare support has also been added. There have also been tweaks to the FX chain options and the way MIDI CC assignment is handled. The previous update had added Ableton Link support and the app’s LFO and sequencer can be sync’ed to tempo dictated by tempo data from other Ableton Link-enabled app.

This made for a nice combination.... and the refined IAA support seemed to be working well in my own brief testing via AUM.

This made for a nice combination…. and the refined IAA support seemed to be working well in my own brief testing via AUM.

I have to say that iDensity is perhaps a bit abstract to get daily use in my own music workflow but more experimental/ambient/sound design folks will find it fascinating I’m sure. Having given the latest version a bit of a run through via AUM this morning, it does seem to be working very smoothly….  and for creating weird and wonderful sonic textures, it is a powerful tool.

If your into sound design or more experimental forms of electronic music making, any of the apps within the apeSoft catalogue are worth a look. However, with iPulsaret, iDensity and Stria, you could have a lot of sonic fun. Perhaps not apps to leave with a small child in a dark room (they could sound too scary!) but, used by responsible adults, capable of some amazing noises….


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