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 AudioEffx, for example – I’ve reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog.
However, I think they hit the ball out the park with their latest offering – ReSlice – and I was hugely impressed with the app when I reviewed it back in January. 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. And it is brilliant…. this is a seriously creative tool for those that like to squeeze maximum use out of the humble audio loop.
Anyway, VirSyn have already added to the original feature set with a couple of updates but a further one – v1.2.0 – appeared on the App Store today. This brings some minor fixes and fine-tuning (for example, within the AUv3 behaviour and within Cubasis when freezing tracks) but also some further new features. For example, the sample import options have been expanded to include locking in pre-existing slice parameters. Export of slices now also allows all slices to be shared within a single ZIP file. Zoom and navigation features within the sample editor have also been improved. A MIDI pedal can now also be used for triggering live recording.
However, perhaps the one that I found most welcome is that a Threshold parameter has been added to give more flexibility over the initial slicing process. This is a useful addition…. and you simply tap and hold the Slices button to access it via the pop-up dialog box that then appears. It does mean you have more control over how the app applies its automatic chopping up of your audio recording before you do any fine-tuning via manual slice editing.
The app already shipped with Audiobus, IAA and AU support and Ableton Link support for the time/tempo based effects. The app is universal, a 50MB download and requires iOS9.1 or later. Anyway, it’s great to see VirSyn adding to what was already an impressive debut.
The current price is UK£9.99/US$9.99 and, if you are a VirSyn fan, then I suspect you are going to find this a bit of a no-brainer…. As a creative instrument, it is something a little different from their other synths, etc. but , if you like to mangle loops, then this really ought to appeal. Check out the full review, watch the demo video, then simply hit the download button :-)