For the more experimentally minded, iOS has a number of very good audio effects apps that might appeal. One candidate – Deregulator by CKEK software – which I reviewed back in June 2014. With a pocket-money price (the app is currently UK£1.99/US$1.99), Deregulator could be described as a ‘spatial’ processor in that it focuses on stereo delay, echo and reverb effects and, as I reported a couple of days ago, has just been updated.
Saveliy Kaliupanov delivered a wild, weird and quite often wonderful ride with Deregulator. And, if that’s your sonic thing, then you might well be interested in his new app. Released yesterday, Self-a-Fuzz is, yes, a fuzz/overdrive style effect but, as a quick look at the screenshots might suggest, this is not a virtual version of a guitar stomp box.
Indeed, given that you can both process an audio input source, and blend that with a suite of sound sources built-in to Self-a-Fuzz itself (and with MIDI note control is required), and then apply a whole range of filter and modulation options, there are plenty of options for those that like to get creative with their sound design.
The app ships with Audiobus and IAA support, MIDI support, an internal virtual MIDI keyboard if required, a preset system, an internal recording system for your processed sounds, AudioShare export and a whole range of overdrive types and filtering options. I’ve not yet had a chance to do more than flick through a few of the presets but this is, frankly, all a bit bonkers…. in a very good way :-)
Saveliy is keen to point out that the app is also quite deep and perhaps, at first, not so easy to get your head around. There is a tutorial to work through when you first launch the app; do follow it as this will help. However, be prepared for a little head-scratching when you first start. Hopefully, there might be a tutorial video or two at some stage? This is certainly an app that would benefit from that.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the app, which requires iOS 8.0 or later, and is iPad-only, is on special launch pricing for a few days only. You can, therefore, pick up yourself a bit of fuzzy sonic madness for just UK£3.99/US$3.99 if you chose to become an early adopter. Full review to follow but, until then, hit the download button to find out more via the App Store….