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 had 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. And it is brilliant…. as I outlined in the full ReSlice review a posted a few days after launch, this is a seriously creative tool for those that like to squeeze maximum use out of the humble audio loop.
Anyway, only a couple of weeks after the initial release, VirSn are already back with an update… and this is not just a few bug-fixes; there are also some new features and workflow improvements. Amongst the fixes are some tweaks to the IAA support, improvements to the AU support when using multiple instances, a fix when freezing tracks in Cubasis and a fix to the Delay effect.
However, the impressive thing is the new additions and a couple of these address some wish-list items I mentioned in the original review. For example, if you now tap and hold on the top of a slice marker (near the arrow heads), the view changes to a zoomed-in one so you can position the slice marker more precisely. This works very well and, as soon as you release the marker, the view zooms out again; a smooth workflow…..
The layout of the effects page when using the app in standalone mode has also been refined. You now also get to see the virtual keyboard on this screen so you can play while tweaking the effects controls if you wish. The arpeggiator now also has an extra key sync option selectable from a small pop-up menu.
However, perhaps the most significant addition is that the app can now export both the individual audio slices (as WAVs) and a MIDI file that will, when imported into a suitable MIDI sequencer, playback the original loop by triggering each slice in turn and in time (providing you turn off the arp features for the instance of ReSlice).
I have not had a chance to fully test this feature as yet but a quick export (the system works by sending an email with the appropriate files attached) seemed to work well. I had no problems getting the MIDI file imported into Cubasis, for example, and I could imagine you might also be able to use the audio slices if you wanted to build a sample-based ‘drum kit’ in your favourite groove box (I’ll be giving this a go with Patterning when I get a chance).
The app already shipped with Audiobus, IAA and AU support but plus 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 launch price is UK£9.99/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. Check out the full review, watch the demo video, then simply hit the download button :-)