If you have read my full review of Holderness Media’s Stereo Designer iOS music app from back in February then you will know I’m a bit of a fan of this app. It is capable of some excellent results and can be used to enhance almost any audio signal to give it more stereo width and interest. Perhaps the only downside is that the sound is a bit addictive and, once your have applied a bit of the effect, the temptation is to apply a bit more…. which is fine but do make sure to check the mono compatibility of your resulting mix so you know you have not over-cooked it :-)
I’d love to see Chris Rice (Holderness Media’s main man) develop a version of Stereo Designer for the desktop in a VST or AU format. However, I suspect that will have to wait as he is obviously still busy working on the iOS version; today sees the release of v.1.1.
There are a couple of significant changes in this release. First, the app has been updated to the latest version of the Audiobus SDK (so I think that means the app is now ready for iOS8 for those of us brave enough to update when that appears). However, the other feature is MIDI Learn. This has been implemented in an identical fashion to Chris’ recent app release – Caramel (hmmm… sweet distortion!) – that I reviewed a few weeks ago. The system is very easy to use and means you can control any of the Stereo Designer parameters from a MIDI hardware control if you prefer real knobs and sliders to virtual ones.
Like all of the Holderness Media catalogue, at UK£2.99, Stereo Designer is ridiculously cheap given what it can do. If you haven’t yet purchased a copy, then just pass on your daily Latte Grande and treat yourself to the app instead. Honestly, it is much more satisfying in the long run. My understanding is that MIDI Learn is also coming for Crystalline and Swoopster so watch out for those also :-)