WOPR Synth Released

WOPR is a new polyphonic synthesizer that uses Conway's Game of Life (cellular automata) to drive a modulation matrix.

iTunes Description:

WOPR is a polyphonic, stereo virtual analog synthesizer with totally unique evolving modulation driven by vintage 1970s cellular automata.

Nope! I'm stopping right there. The algorithm is vintage? Does that make Pi retro? Really? Really... alright it still sounds interesting, I'll keep going.

iTunes Description:

It's made for iPad 2 or later only.

WOPR is a seriously powerful analog, but what sets it apart is its modulation grid: you paint a pattern of cells into a grid, set the tempo, hit 'run' and let the cellular automata evolve your pattern. You link areas of the grid to any of the synth's parameters and your patches come to life, rhythmically pulsating as the patterns shift with each beat. Constrain parameters to ranges for tight control over rhythmic modulation, or set them free to dynamically breed new patches.

Being a virtual analogue synthesizer, we'd be remiss if we didn't include some allusion to the past. Here it is: the modulation grid is a bona fide 1970s invention called Conway's Game of Life. Look it up, marvel at the infinite variety of patterns, geek out on the math, then put them to work twisting knobs in WOPR.

Buy WOPR on iTunes: $0.99

Hipster math aside, this does sound genuinely interesting, and it is only a buck!

It is a shame they don't have a video up. At the bottom of the iTunes description they give hints about the name's meaning and reference David Lightman. This was Matthew Broderick's character in War Games, which featured the War Operation Plan Response (WOPR) computer. The only possible connection I can think of was that there were several points in which the computer was speaking through a voice synthesizer.

So here is that instead!

Noisepad Sale

Noisepad is down to $2! This is the lowest price it has ever been at in the year it has been out.

Buy Noisepad on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Eurypharynx Virtual Analog Syntheizer

S4, makers of Rhythm Composer, S4-Drum, and SSSSYNTH, have released a new $2 Virtual Analog Synthesizer for iPad.

Or as S4 puts it: "A Virtual Analog Synthesizer duplicating Analog Synthesizer."

I'm not sure what the fuck that means, but in a world full of virtual analog synths you need to bring something new to the table.

Euryphraynx looks like it achieves that nicely, with a modulation matrix! S4 might not be very good at English, but they managed to put together my favorite phrase. Euryphraynx was an instant buy for me as soon as I saw "modulation matrix" on iTunes!

I encountered my first bug immediately, with hung MIDI notes from my keyboard and no panic button! The interface is kind of finicky too. However there is a lot to recommend this besides the mod matrix. Both of the two oscillators can morph between two different waveforms, and there are 24 waveforms to choose from! There is also an elaborate Mod Sequencer, with 14 different parameters that can be sequenced individually.

iTunes Description:

This is a Virtual Analog Synthesizer duplicating Analog Synthesizer. 4-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. Eurypharynx is a 4-Voice Polyphonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer. Basically it models features after Analog Synthesizer.

But more importantly, it combines the following five remarkable features.

  • In each OSC, you can select two waveforms and also morph them.
  • Flexible patching operation is available with Matrix Patching.
  • Alter numerous parameters sequentially with Modulation Sequencer.
  • Intuitive performance is available with XY Pad Control.
  • It is possible to save up to 256 patches.

Buy Euryphaynx on iTunes: $1.99

Cassini Update and Sale

Both the iPad and iPhone version of iceGear's Cassini Synth were updated to add a new formant filter.

A formant filter is how you get "Talking Bass" and other vocal sounds out of synths, by filtering the frequency to make vowel sounds.

What's New:

  • Formant filter type
  • Arpeggiator loop length setting
  • Audio buffer size setting
    The audio buffer size affects the amount of latency and the CPU usage. Higher setting will reduce clicking noise at high CPU usage, but also cause more latency. Lower setting will also improve the tempo stability of arpeggiator.
  • Assignable controller knobs on keyboard screen respond to incoming MIDI
  • Improved sound quality
  • Minor bug fixes

Buy CASSINI Synth for iPad on iTunes: $2.99


Buy CASSINI Synth on iTunes: $2.99

Both versions are 40% off, from the full price of $4.99! Here is my review of the iPad version.

Soundbeam Updated, Still Free!

Evil Window Dog's Soundbeam just got an update today that lets you record up to 15 seconds of audio and render a video of the results. I can't embed the demo video though, because they flagged to prevent that. It uses a song that also probably blocked in Germany and on mobile. So here is a the release promo instead!

Buy Spectrum Analyzer on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $1.99)

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