Bit Shape has been keeping busy! This is the 2nd update this month for the unique TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer. This one has added Retina support and improvements to the iPad 1's lower latency performance. The previous update brought some nice tweaks to improve control over your patches:
Version 1.3 adds a new area to the Patch view: Options. These settings are patch-specific, and are saved as part of your patch. You can ‘Suppress First Touch,’ which allows the first touch to be muted while still generating controller data. This allows ‘stretchy’ patches to ignore the unused touch so they can focus on the sound of the other voices.
Also new is the ability to create ‘Custom Grids’ for the patch. All three axis (X, Y, and radial) can be set to a specific number of divisions, and checkered for easy viewing. Users who create scales or divisions of the screen with the Sequencer will can now create a matching grid view for their patches.
This is one of the few apps that has garnered an Essential rating in the Buyer's Guide. This is a very unique take on playing with a synthesizer; totally utilizing the iPad's screen to allow for radical customization. If you want to explore typical synthesis in some atypical ways watch my video review.