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AirVox - Gesture Controlled Music

By Yonac Inc.

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"AirVox is simply too creative to be missed." -
***Featured in Apple's New & Noteworthy in over 98 countries!***
"[Léon] Theremin would be proud--and probably amazed, too." -

Introducing a revolutionary new way to create music: by simply moving your hands in the air!

AirVox is a unique and precise musical instrument controlled without touch -- only using hand gestures and motions. Interact with AirVox via the front facing camera. Our real-time computer vision technology "sees" your hands' movements and turns it into musical notes and tones. YOU are the instrument!

No previous musical experience is required to control Airvox. Its ease-of-use and many built-in features make music creation instant, and more importantly, fun! But AirVox is also a precision instrument. You can perform with the expression and phrasing usually heard in traditional instruments.

* Move right hand up and down to control musical note / pitch
* Move left hand back & forth to control any one of 9 tonal parameters like volume or vibrato (you can turn this feature on or off: it is turned off by us on the first-launch preset to make starting out easier)
* Use other hand motions or gestures for even finer control
* AirVox has 50 musical scales, each with settable root note and octave range.
* AirVox has a complete sound engine, made of dual oscillators, many waveforms, musical filters and audio FX, including vibrato, delay, and tremolo.
* AirVox has 48 built-in presets. Tweak knobs and save any number of your own.
* Record and share your music via email, wifi or SoundCloud (also Twitter & Facebook via SoundCloud)

For best results, use AirVox in a decently lit place (it does use a camera, after all), and set it on a nice flat surface so your hands can move freely. Make sure the front camera is on your left.

IMPORTANT: Note that AirVox uses the front camera. The devices that have a front camera are: iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4th Gen. AirVox works with all of these. It will not work with older devices.

What's New in Version 1.1

-- Upgraded audio output to 32-bit depth (greater-than-CD quality)
-- Improved frequency / timbral response
-- Updated recording framework
-- Upgraded to latest version of the SoundCloud sharing framework
-- Minor changes to UI
-- Increased minimum iOS to 4.3 (from 4.2) to accommodate new sharing frameworks


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Customer Reviews

Takes some patience

Even though I'm mainly interested in guitars I'm always looking for unusual instruments and sounds that I can add to the mix to make songs unique. I had my doubts about this app, based mainly on the bad reviews, but the people who knock this app probably lacked the patience to stick with it long enough.

There are a lot of presets in the app that can make it sound completely different. Those presets can be saved and tweaked. I can make this app sound like almost anything. The recommended way to play is with the hands, which of course works, but I can play it well by standing over it and playing it with my face. With some of the presets I can actually make good music by playing the air with my face.

The app can also be played with other objects that give different to sound. Some objects sound most interesting with particular presets. In general if you mess with this app for five minutes then you'll just waste your time. If you like to explore and you have some spare time to spend then you can get some great sounds from this app.

I love the thirty two freaking bits

Basically I bought Airvox only because of the upgrade to 32 bit, in my opinion we should see more of this from developers in the near future... Cd quality is ok for rough ideas but not studio quality. So anyway I love seeing high quality sound on mobile synth apps and I will buy others that are updated to 24 or 32 bit.
As far as Airvox, it's a bit awkward using, but it's not a bad thing to challenge my musical comfort zones. Airvox certainly challenges the way I am comfortable playing. But I feel like Airvox is missing an lfo or two. I do enjoy the existing controls but I would just feel better if I had another layer of oscillation that could be controlled via left hand. It's certainly a fun app, but not highly useful to me. I can't wait to see 32 bit make its way over to minisynth pro or shredder or megasynth. On principle I have to give this app five stars, 32 bit plus extremely different way of interacting with sound. Win.

Cool.. Fun.. App

App is very creative and fun. Has lots of cool sounds to choose from other than the theremin sound which makes it much more fun to play with. The controls take a little while to get use to but once you do it seems to work pretty good. The graphic interface could use a make over but it doesn't effect the functionality which is pretty good. If you want to wow your friends and have something close to a theremin this is it!

AirVox - Gesture Controlled Music
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 5.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Yonac Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).

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