I reviewed SoundPrism Pro – produced by Audanika and currently priced at UK£6.99 – when it was first launched on the Music App Blog. SoundPrism Pro is essentially a MIDI performance app. Rather like apps such as Chordion, Gestrument and Synthecaster (all of which I have reviewed previously on the site), while SoundPrism Pro does include its own audio engine and has a small collection of sounds built in to it, its real strength is as a performance interface that uses the touchscreen to allow the user to send MIDI data to other synths.
In fact, the SoundPrism family included three apps; the original SoundPrism, SoundPrism Pro and SoundPrism Electro… oh, and a fourth if you include the iPhone version of SoundPrism Electro with its ‘mini’ tag line. Each employs the same basic touchscreen interface which makes it insanely easy to create chord/bass (and sometimes melody) parts with a finger or two, all ‘in key’ and ‘in tune’.
Audanika have now launched a further edition of SoundPrism; SoundPrism Link Edition. The app is introduced with a special launch price of just UK£3.99 for a short period, is universal, a 54MB download and requires iOS8.3 or later.
This new edition uses the same touchscreen performance interface and includes the same essential feature set as SoundPrism Pro. I’ll not repeat all the basics here (just go and check out the SoundPrism Pro review), however, it a includes the same performance options, Audiobus support, Audiobus Remote support, both internal sounds and the ability to send MIDI data out to other iOS synths, Core MIDI support and the option for routing bass, chord and melody lines out on different MIDI channels to different apps should you so wish.
As the name suggests, though, the app also brings a couple of notable new features and the obvious headline is support for Ableton Link. This means that and of the internal presets that contain rhythmic effects will now be tempo-sync’ed to any other connected Ableton Link enabled apps. The other key new feature is a collection of rather nice synth-based presets. While it’s great to send SoundPrism MIDI data out to your favourite iOS synths, these internal sounds are actually pretty good; as a means of just generating a few musical ideas, they are plenty good enough that the app can be used as a stand-alone musical tool. Each preset uses the interface’s ‘slider’ to tweak the sound in real-time. If Audanika what to add value to the app then I’m sure some extra presets added to those already included would be a very easy – and very welcome – way to do it.
Having given the app a bit of a blast with both its own sounds and used to drive a couple of external synths, the new Link Edition seems to be working pretty well. The app found Patterning once Ableton Link was enabled and locked quite happily to the tempo set in Patterning. There is a lot of fun to be had with this combination, especially using one of SoundPrism Link Edition’s internal sounds that features a tempo-based effect.
Existing SoundPrism Pro users might have liked to see the Link technology and presets added to the ‘Pro’ version of the app rather than as a separate purchase. However, if you grab the new version at the launch price, then UK£3.99 wouldn’t be such a big deal as an IAP price to access the new features.
SoundPrism Pro – and now Soundprism Link Edition – are very creative tools for chord/bass MIDI parts, particularly so if you like to work with electronic or ambient styles. While almost anyone could use these SoundPrism tools to create harmonically correct music, a little bit of musical knowledge opens up the possibilities further. This is a seriously well thought out MIDI performance app that almost any iOS musician could benefit from.
SoundPrism Link Edition