SoundScaper update – Igor Vasiliev adds additional features to his ‘experimental sound mini lab’ app

Download from iTunes App Storesoundscaper logoI’ve reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev’s iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio MasteringAltiSpaceMaster FX and Master Record. All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion.

I reviewed Igor’s SoundScaper app back in February just after it appeared on the App Store. This app was a bit of a departure from the more conventional audio effects processing apps Igor had released up until this point. 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). 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. If that is the kind of journey into sound that grabs your attention then you will undoubtedly find SoundScaper both a lot of fun and that it has a lot of sonic potential.

SoundScaper - electronic sound design in an app.

SoundScaper – electronic sound design in an app.

Igor has released a number of updates for the app since then but a further update – taking the app to v. 1.4 – has appeared on the App Store over the week-end. Aside from the usual bugfixes, etc, this update brings a number of workflow and feature improvements. For example, there is now a new options to morph between scenes (collections of settings) in auto or manual modes and an additional panel provides access to the scene hotkeys. This is a very neat feature and provides you with a number of different options for the way the transition between different scenes is implemented.

The new Morph hotkey panel.

The new Morph hotkey panel.

In addition, there are some tweaks to the oscillator filter, improvements to the MIDI support and the Audiobus SDK has been updated. Having had a quick run through with SoundScaper on my iPad Pro test system today, this all seems to be working well and I’m sure sound designer folk will find the new scene features very useful indeed. Oh, and if you want a slice of the SoundScaper technology but in a format suitable for an iPhone, don’t forget Igor’s most recent release FieldScaper.

If you have an experimental streak or just work with sound design projects, SoundScaper is a bit of a no-brainer. Anyway, you can read the full review here 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….  for weird, wonderful, and sometimes just plain scary, all for just UK£6.99, hit the download button :-)

SoundScaper – an experimental sound mini lab

FieldScaper – sound warp field recorder and scape constructor

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