I’ve reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev’s iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master 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. Igor most recent release was SoundScaper which I reviewed back in February just after it appeared on the App Store.
This app is 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.
Igor obviously hasn’t been lounging by the pool in the sun since the original releases though… as the first update to SoundScaper – taking the app to v.1.1 – has appeared on the App Store today and, aside from the usual routine bug fixes, includes a number of new features and tweaks. For example, there are now advanced control panels for all the faders and rotary knobs… double tap any of these controls and the new panel will open to give you access to these controls.
Equally, on the main screen, each Oscillator panel now includes a Mute button (very useful) while if you open the Control page, you also get a Solo button. This is very useful if you want to work on the contribution that just one of the oscillators is making to your overall patch. A further workflow addition on the Control page is the ability to switch between the three oscillators without returning to the main page; the number buttons located top-centre (1, 2 and 3) simply allow you switch between the settings for the three oscillators.
There are a number of other useful changes – tweaks to the delay module, other workflow enhancements, the option to create an empty scene (patch) when you want to start an idea from scratch and some additional samples within the default sample library. 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£4.99, 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, 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£4.99, hit the download button :-)
SoundScaper – an experimental sound mini lab