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Virtual ANS 3 by Alexander Zolotov

SunVox developer Alexander Zolotov released Virtual ANS 3! The original Virtual ANS was a very weird experimental music maker that let you draw music directly on a spectrograph. Virtual ANS 3 is is an entirely new app, with AUv3 and a whole graphics editor for more fine details in your spectral drawings.

Virtual ANS 3 iTunes Description:

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic musical instrument created by Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. The ANS made it possible to draw music in the form of a spectrogram (sonogram), without live instruments and performers. It was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers in their experimental works. You can also hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.

The simulator extends the capabilities of the original instrument. Now it's a full-featured graphics editor where you can convert sound into an image, load and play pictures, draw microtonal/spectral music and create some unusual deep atmospheric sounds. This app is for everyone who loves experiments and is looking for something new.

Key features:
* unlimited number of pure tone generators;
* powerful sonogram editor - you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
* any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
* support for MIDI devices;
* polyphonic synth mode with MIDI mapping;
* supported file formats: WAV (only uncompressed PCM), PNG, JPEG, GIF;
* Audio Unit Extension (AUv3), Audiobus;
* many new features compared to version 2.3; see the full list: http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans/changelog.txt

Homepage, user manual and versions for other systems:
http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans

There are a couple of demos for Virtual ANS 3 on Alexander Zolotov's YouTube channel.

Reader Comments 6

I really love this concept as a sound design tool.

In some cases, it can sound like a cell phone call breaking up. It can sound like an old school digital noise reduction plug with settings meant to demonstrate pure artifacts.

But it also sounds like it could be a high-res 1000s-of-bands vocoder.

SunVox is so cool, and the previous other apps in this vein are pretty fun. I'll pick it up.
I also thought about cellular audio compression... didn’t enjoy that. I hate cellular audio. As much as possible, I avoid using cell phones to talk to people.
June 04, 2019  | person dysamoria
@dysamoria

I should get your cell number. We should talk.

Seriously, I feel the same way. The irony is that I've kept my landline because I hate the sound/performance of cell phones, but my landline is a crackly noisy unreliable piece of crap. Cell phone coverage at my house is minimal. Alas.

That's why email is so important to me.
I wasn't aware that there was an ANS 2. Was that just an upgrade to the ANS app?
Yeah this app is soo is genius! I think on iOS it was always this same app with updates. In real life though probably as a guess ?> Hails to the creative iOS cheap amazing access. Grammar is my bad paint here, sorry.
On June 05, 2019 - @Tony said:
I wasn't aware that there was an ANS 2. Was that just an upgrade to the ANS app?

Yes, the old app versioned up in to the 2.0+ territory. With 2.1 coming in 2013:
https://discchord.com/appnews/2013/12/9/virtual-ans-update.html
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