SoundScaper launched – Igor Vasiliev brings his ‘experimental sound mini lab’ app to the App Store

Download from iTunes App Storesoundscaper logoI’ve reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev’s iOS music apps here on the blog. Released under his iMusicAlbum moniker, Igor has, to date, mainly focused on audio processing apps. Perhaps his best know app is Audio Mastering which, on release, was the first dedicated mastering app available under iOS. It has had several significant updates since its first release and it is a brilliant piece of software at an insanely cheap price.

However, the same can be said of AltiSpace – Igor’s excellent convolution-based reverb effect – that delivers amazing results given its compact format and compact price; this app was a shoe-in for my own personal ‘top ten iOS music apps of 2014‘ list that I put together a month or so ago. Both Master FX and Master Record also deliver great results in the same straightforward, no fuss, fashion.

Igor has launched his latest iOS music app on the App Store over the week-end and, while he had posted a few teasers about the new app prior to release, it is a bit of a departure from the more conventional audio effects processing we have seen so far. Indeed, there isn’t a lot that you might describe about SoundScaper that deserves the word ‘conventional’ with perhaps the exception of the user interface design (this retains visual elements of Igor’s house style).

SoundScaper - sound design tool for the more experimental iOS musician.

SoundScaper – sound design tool for the more experimental iOS musician.

As suggested by the tag-line, SoundScaper is ‘an experimental sound mini lab’ so what you get are a series of tools for creating soundscapes, drones, glitches, ambient textures and just plain weird noises. I’ve only had a chance to have a brief play so far – and I won’t pretend to have got my head around any of it yet – but there is obviously a lot of fun to be had here as well as a lot of potential.

The app is iPad-only, requires iOS7.0 or later and, at under 9MB in size, won’t take up too much space on a full-stocked iPad. And, with a current price of UK£4.49, it’s not going to break the bank either. If you have an experimental streak or just work with sound design projects, this may well be a bit of a no-brainer.

Anyway, full review to follow when I’ve explored further but if you like left-of-centre apps, or are fond of some experimental sound design, then I suspect you are also going to like SoundScaper….  In the meantime, check out the video below and, if sound design is your thing, be prepared to hit the download button :-)

SoundScaper – an experimental sound mini lab



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    1. Chris Catalano says:

      Just a fantastic laboratory for mad experiments with audio. Sort of like being transported to another era of communications systems with this. Vasiliev is so good with the updates, I will attempt one request here…A recording input for mic or line would be much appreciated. Maybe best in show early 2015 for me. Could get so lost at sea with this…a work of genius for creative musicians to take advantage of.

    2. This looks very interesting. I’m not sure that I need it. I do really like the UI. Very cool looking colors.

      I’ve got all Igor’s other apps, they are top notch.

    3. I’m getting this, though I am not entirely sure what I will be using it for. Igor’s Master Record app is my go-to destination app for audiobus signal chains. Altispace is great, in particular I like that it has a micro EQ built in for doing some surgical EQ work while designing the convolution reverb environment. So convenient. Can’t think of any other IR app that includes a single band EQ. Igor’s apps look great too.

    4. Hi All… thanks for these comments. I’m enjoying exploring SoundScape… review to follow as soon as I can get my head around some of it :-) Best wishes, John

    5. This thing is incredible. Did anyone say Aphex Twin in a box?

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