SoundPrism Electro Mini launched – Audanika give SoundPrism Electro the iPhone treatment with ‘mini’ version

Download from iTunes App StoreSoundPrism Electro Mini logoIf you have hung around the Music App Blog over an extended period then you will know I’m a fan of MIDI performance apps. One of those at the top of this particular category is SoundPrism Pro – from developer Audanika – which I reviewed on the blog back in December 2013.

This is part virtual instrument but also part (perhaps the bigger part?) MIDI performance app and the user interface is a brilliant concept. It makes playing chord/bass line combinations an absolute breeze and, as the MIDI data generated can be sent to other iOS music apps (or beyond), it is great for triggering other synths or for sending data to a DAW/sequencer app such as Cubasis.

SoundPrism Electro - now in a 'mini' format for the iPhone.

SoundPrism Electro – now in a ‘mini’ format for the iPhone.

Given that I’m a bit of a fan of SoundPrism Pro, I was interested when Audianika released SoundPrism Electro. This brings the essence of what’s in the ‘Pro’ version to a themed ‘Electro’ version, with a small selection of internal sounds aimed at electronic/dance music production and a neat ‘filter’ control. It’s a breeze to use and, for a quick blast of dance-friendly electronic music based around bass, chords and a melody line, is about as easy as music creation can get. And, given that the three sound elements – a bass part, a chord part and a melody part can all send MIDI data out on separate MIDI channels, it can also be used to drive suitable sounds in any of your favourite iOS sound sources. Priced at just UK£2.99, SoundPrism Electro is a lot of fun….   unless, of course, you happen to be using an iPhone as the original release was designed for iOS8.0 or later on an iPad.

Which is where the latest addition to the SoundPrism family comes in – SoundPrism Electro Mini – and that arrived on the App Store a few days ago. As the name suggests, ‘Mini’ is a slightly streamlined version of the iPad version of Electro and designed very much with the iPhone in mind. As with the iPad version, however, you get up to three different sound layers to work with and, as well as the small selection of internal sounds, you can sent MIDI data out to other iOS music apps if you wish (simply turn down the volume of the internal sounds via the main menu within SoundPrism Electro Mini and you will only hear audio from any external sounds.

With a simple, streamlined, design, SoundPrism Electro Mini has you making music in no time.

With a simple, streamlined, design, SoundPrism Electro Mini has you making music in no time.

The performance interface is very similar to the iPad version in appearance but, to make it work on the smaller iPhone format, a couple of options have been dropped…  but this is an app that can create a lot of noise with just your two thumbs and it seems to work well on the iPhone screen without things feeling at all cramped.

Given the app’s name, it’s no surprise that the internal sounds are dominated by dance-friendly, synth tones but the neat thing is that you can assign different sounds to each of the bass, chord and melody parts; just add in your favourite drum/groove app to sit alongside SoundPrism Electro Mini and you can pretty much do a full-on performance. The other really cool feature is that the interface includes the ribbon controller found within the iPad version so you can exercise some real-time control on the sounds/effects (this controller data is also passed out to other apps via MIDI).

You don't get quite as many options in the 'Mini' version as the iPad version provides, but the app can still generate three part performances via just one (or two) thumb if required.

You don’t get quite as many options in the ‘Mini’ version as the iPad version provides, but the app can still generate three part performances via just one (or two) thumb if required.

Anyway, my initial impressions are that SoundPrism Electro Mini is a lot of fun. Neither the iPad not iPhone versions are going to be the most complex iOS music apps that you might ever use but that is actually part of the design; both apps are built to be very easy to use with a pretty minimal learning curve. My only technical comment is that it might be nice to have some options when it comes to MIDI out configuration… although, of course, the MIDI in settings of your destination apps will allow some control there.

If you want to make some music quickly – via an interface that simply doesn’t let you play out of key – then this is about as easy as it gets. For some instant dance music fun – or a streamlined MIDI performance interface for your iPhone – SoundPrism Electro Mini is worth checking out and, at UK£2.29, easily qualifies as an impulse purchase that will not break the bank.

SoundPrism Electro Mini



SoundPrism Electro for iPad




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