VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which – Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist and, most recently, AudioEffx, for example – I’ve reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog.
And they show no signs of slowing things down. Only a few weeks after AudioEffx arrived, we have a further new app; ReSlice. As the name might suggest, this is an app for ‘slicing’ your audio samples. This is a technology with a long history (anyone here recall the original version of Propellerhead’s ReCycle when it hit the desktop?) but is now something that is embedded into lots of top-end desktop DAWs and a feature found is some drum sampler software.
Anyway, the basic principle is fairly straightforward. You load or record a loop (and ReSlice has various means of importing audio) and the software then automatically identifies the obvious transients to carve the loop up into individual slices (although you also get plenty of options for editing those slices via the touchscreen here). The slices are then mapped across the touchscreen keyboard and can be triggered in whatever order/sequence you might choose…. This is obviously great for reworking drum loops but the same approach works with any type of audio source…..
What’s more, you also get a version of VirSyn’s arpeggiator technology built into the app. This makes it very easy to create all sorts of creative sequences based upon your original sample. You can use factory preset arp, save your own or use the randomise features just to see what happens. The app also features seven effects that are similar to those found in AudioEffx and other VirSyn iOS apps. These provide a Parametric EQ, Drive, Flanger, Phaser, Delay, Reverb and Chorus.
The app ships with Audiobus and IAA support but – also as with more recent VirSyn releases – also arrives with AU support… Ableton Link support is also included for the time/tempo based effects. The app is universal, a 50MB download and requires iOS9.1 or later.
The launch price is UK£7.99/US$9.99 which is discounted from what will be the eventual price. If you are a VirSyn fan, then I suspect you are going to find this a bit of a no-brainer…. but, as a creative instrument, it is something a little different from their other synths, etc. and , if you like to mangle loops, then this really ought to appeal. Anyway, a full review will follow shortly but if you are tempted to find out more, watch the demo video then simply hit the download button :-)