By Naughty Panther
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DroneStation is a simple "analog-style" 2-oscillator synthesizer with an unique and easy-to-play control system.
There are four "keys" on the left side of the screen, and you can select the pitch of each key. If you touch or slide left/right, the volume of the note is affected. Moving your finger up/down bends the pitch of the note, resulting in a very expressive playing method.
On the right side, the X/Y pad controls LFO rate (left-right) and LFO depth (up-down). A short video is available on YouTube (search DroneStation).
The settings panel allows you to control the notes of the keys, and the filter, waveform, and pitch offset of the synth itself.
DroneStation is designed to allow easy synthesizer playing for the non-musician, yet enable subtle expression for the musician that isn't available with most synths available on hand-held platforms.
What's New in Version 1.1.0
** NEW IN VERSION 1.1 **
1. Tilt controls filter frequency; amount can be set by user.
2. New user interface design.
3. Help screen added.
4. Bug with note name and frequency not matching has been fixed.
5. Now works with OS 2.2.1 or greater.
Interesting but very limited
This is a very interesting app in that it relies on the touch screen paradigm as a new frontier of musical expression. The touch screen becomes a playable surface akin to hardware-based pads. The controls are simple and easy to understand. It is in principle an elegant app with a clean interface (sounds are animated onscreen) which makes it about the only noteworthy feature of this app) , but because of it's inherent simplicity it is also very limited in the types of sounds that can be created with it. I would love the developer to take this to the next level where you can actually create something musical with it instead of just humming sounds (not even really drones!). It's ok for the casual user as a temporarily entertaining novelty (it's really little more than a toy), but it lacks the depth and sound richness and variery of more robust music apps for anyone with real musical interests.
love the new filter tilt
The cutoff tilt and the dead-zone between the notes and the xy-pad were both needed features; thank you for adding them!
I needed a nice little drone type program to help me with my intonation on my fretless bass and this app fits the bill.