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iAbyssal by AtomoSynth

Hardware manufacturer AtomoSynth just released iAbyssal! This Universal "virtual analog photo-synthesizer" is controlled by light from your iOS device's front-facing camera. AtomoSynth has been making experimental hardware synths for quite a while now, and this app is based on their hardware Abyssal synth from 2008.

iAbyssal arrives with Audiobus 3 and IAA! While these are welcome additions in any app, they're especially nice to see from a first-time iOS app developer!

iAbyssal iTunes Description:

Introducing: iAbyssal, virtual analog photo-synthesizer / noise machine.
Based on the Abyssal analog photo-synth released by AtomoSynth in 2008. the iAbyssal is a virtual analog synthesizer that can be controlled by light using the frontal camera, this design allows using it for expressive live performances and having fun creating crazy sound effects, incredible sound textures and big soundscapes.

* Uses your device frontal camera as a light sensor for altering pitch, filter frequency and resonance.
* "Photocell" (frontal camera) calibration functionality for adjusting its sensitivity to different environmental light conditions.
* Can be used in low-light environments thanks to an inverse calibration feature.
* Features one oscillator with square and sawtooth waveforms.
* White noise generator.
* Two low frequency oscillators (LFO) which can modulate various parameters of the oscillator, noise generator and filter.
* One Filter with low pass and high pass mode and resonance (peak) control.
* Adjustable delay effect.
* Preset memory including many factory presets for using as a starting point and easily create your own sounds.
* Inter-App-Audio and Audiobus support (as generator unit) for using it with your favorite audio apps.

Skiphunt spotted a demo for this one on the official AtomoSynth YouTube channel.

Reader Comments 14

Kinda cool. Looks like he just uploaded a demo vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAMz1fwljQY
October 19, 2017  | person skiphunt
@skiphunt: Nice! Thanks for letting me know, Skip!
Reminds of the Bleep Labs Thingamagoop 2 that I had for a while. Demo vid. https://youtu.be/8_QFHI3lDiw
Sounds like they changed their name. Unlike Bram Bos giving first dibs to somebody else, they probably did it to spite or troll you. Still, AtomoSynth sounds pretty cool.
October 19, 2017  | person_outline Alex Enkerli
What do you mean, Alex? I don't follow at all. AtmoSynth has used the AtmoSynth name for ages. The iTunes developer name is just his real name, but this is AtmoSynth. I don't even know what you mean about Bram in this context either.
Has anyone tried this as a "theremin-like" thing? Is it pretty responsive?

It would be cool if they put a control strip (like a ribbon controller) on either side to control amp and/or pitch so you could use a strip for amp and the camera for pitch or vice versa.
October 20, 2017  | favorite_border stub
I have a longer demo up too
October 20, 2017  | person_outline Doug
On October 19, 2017 - @Tim Webb said:
What do you mean, Alex? I don't follow at all. AtmoSynth has used the AtmoSynth name for ages. The iTunes developer name is just his real name, but this is AtmoSynth. I don't even know what you mean about Bram in this context either.
In the screenshot, video, and App Store, there are two ‘o’s in the name: AtomoSynth. That's probably been the name all along. Just wanted to make it as though it had changed from AtmoSynth.
The joke about Bram was that he changed “Obsidian” to “Odessa”, a couple of days ago.
October 20, 2017  | person_outline Alex
On October 20, 2017 - @Alex said:
In the screenshot, video, and App Store, there are two ‘o’s in the name: AtomoSynth. That's probably been the name all along. Just wanted to make it as though it had changed from AtmoSynth.
The joke about Bram was that he changed “Obsidian” to “Odessa”, a couple of days ago.
OH GOD, LOL!

No... my dyslexia didn't see the first O. Shit.

Man I can handle some weird names in this industry, but usually the weirder they are the more primed my brain gets to tackle them. I can type out names like Zolotov and Dittmann without even thinking about it now. But my brain has been getting this company's name wrong for ages! I was lulled into a false sense of security! I saw "Atmo" as in atmosphere, and "Synth" ... and ran with it. I had to triple-check it before my brain fully read it as, "AtomoSynth!"

Thanks for pointing that out. You have no idea how much I wish more people would correct me when I'm making mistakes like that.

Like all the Gadget links that said: "Gardget" ... for about 4 months before anyone told me!

There are lots of old examples of that still on the site:
http://discchord.com/appnews/2014/11/27/app-sales-thanksgiving-gorging-orgy.html
On October 20, 2017 - @Tim Webb said:
... You have no idea how much I wish more people would correct me when I'm making mistakes like that...

Ok then, the spelling police has been notified 👮🏼👮🏾‍♀️
On October 20, 2017 - @Tim Webb said:
No... my dyslexia didn't see the first O.
Makes a lot of sense, actually. And your explanation really brought insight to me. Not that many people are so good at explaining how their brains work.
AtmoSynth could be a cool name as well but it sounds like AtomoLab is the name he uses.
As for correcting you, duly noted. Though, it’s a bit hard for me to just plain correct people. Even with my students. Typically, people learn less efficiently when others correct them, especially with writing. But, clearly, my roundabout strategy to tease you about the name didn’t work well at all. Sorry about that. Will know better next time.
October 20, 2017  | person_outline Alex Enkerli
On October 20, 2017 - @Be The Noise said:

Ok then, the spelling police has been notified 👮🏼👮🏾‍♀️

On October 20, 2017 - @Alex Enkerli said:
As for correcting you, duly noted.

Thanks! I'm serious! I'm a 3-time drop out (high school twice, college once), so everything I know I've had to learn the hard way. I appreciate any help I can get!
Hello there. I'm the programmer of iAbyssal. Thanks for your interest in our product!

Regarding the brand and the product name, Atomo is actually the spanish word for "atom" and was used to name the brand since it's beginning as an independent south-american based company (which it still is lol).

We'll be making more audio sample content this and the following week but you can hear a couple of samples here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDuFlDPJ5z4 ) and here ( https://twitter.com/ozashikitechno/status/921041920104660992 )
October 24, 2017  | person_outline Moisés Cachay
Welcome Moisés, and sorry about the confusion. I fixed all the typos in the article and title after Alex pointed it out!
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