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

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 abut have never quite got around to full reviews of either iDensity and Stria. However, 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 was 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.

Anyway, as I reported yesterday, a couple of Amazing Noise’s apps were updated earlier this week with some Bluetooth and preset searching refinements. Well, while it might come under the apeSoft banner, iDensity has received exactly the same set of additions and tweaks in moving to v.2.7. This includes AudioCopy and MidiBus SDK updates, optimisations for use use on the iPhone and the squashing of the IAA ‘zombie’ bug which, on occasions, could leave the app running invisibly in the background after you quit your IAA host.

iDensity includes support for Ableton Link so you can sync sound modulation to your wider project tempo.

iDensity includes support for Ableton Link so you can sync sound modulation to your wider project tempo.

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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