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 recent 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 – v1.3.0 – appeared on the App Store yesterday. This brings some minor fixes and fine-tuning (for example, with the iPhone UI getting refinements) but also a couple of minor new features. You can now import audio files in an addition format as /AIF import has been added to the existing options.
However, perhaps the highlight is that, once sliced, slices can be placed into any of three ‘choke’ groups. Only one slice from any choke group can be playing at once so, as with different hi-hat articulations in a virtual drummer, you can limit which samples are allowed to play back at the same time. Having given this a brief try this morning, it seems very easy to use and you simply tap on a slice marker where the marker crosses one of the three choke groups ‘lines’ that are shown on the main screen. This is a very useful additional option, particularly when working with sliced drum loops.
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.
If you are a VirSyn fan, then you probably already own the app…. However, to celebrate the update, VirSyn have the app 33% off so you can currently pick up a copy for just UK£9.99/US$9.99. 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. ReSlice is already a candidate for my ‘top 10 apps of 2017’….. so check out the full review, watch the demo video, then simply hit the download button to find out more :-)