As I posted just a few days ago, apeSoft have updated their very left-of-centre sound creation app iDensity to make it available as an AUv.3 plugin within a suitable AU host app (and there are now a good number of these).
Developer 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’.
iDensity certainly fits into that context; unconventional sounding in a very functional user interface. If experimenting with sound is your thing, then this is an app that will appeal. Priced at UK£7.99/US$7.99, iDensity provides six ‘granulation streams’ (sources of audio in various formats) to play with at the same time. 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, while v.3.0 delivered AU support, v.3.0.2 has followed quickly afterwards to fine-tune that support. So, for example, this further update fixes a sample loading bug under AU, solves an issue with the LFO in the AU plugin, and brings some AU UI tweaks. There are also some fixes for the MIDI features and Bluetooth MIDI. While nobody want’s to see bugs in software, they are part of hi-tech life, especially in niche software in the world of the indie developer. And, before we all get too excited about these sorts of problems, do feel a little bit of empathy with our brave developers for having to deal with the joy that will be Apple’s AU ‘notes to developers’ information and the AU code :-) Anyway, it’s good to see apeSoft trying to smooth out any wrinkles as quickly as possible….
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. That said, 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….