Music through motion:
The AUUG Motion Synth transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an expressive musical instrument that lets you play notes via touch and shape their sound through motion.
Visit http://www.auug.com to see a demonstration video.
Available here is the free version of the AUUG Motion Synth App, designed to allow users to easily experience motion-based music creation.
Follow the in-app video tutorial to learn how to play the musical instrument sounds included with the app (See 'SETUP VIDEO' button).
An upgraded version of the app is also available, and has been carefully designed to work with the AUUG Motion Synth Grip. Together, the Motion Synth App and Grip transform your iPhone or iPod touch into a practical and powerful musical instrument. Get yours here: http://www.auug.com/order/
Play in-app sounds, iOS music apps (e.g. GarageBand), or laptop software through movement:
The AUUG Motion Synth tracks your movements and screen touches to expressively play in-app musical sounds.
The AUUG Motion Synth also allows you to play the sounds of other iOS music apps, giving you access to a vast array of sounds and effects.
You can also play external devices like hardware synths or vocal harmonizers as well as control audio or visual software on a laptop (via WiFi or cabled connections). The Motion Synth app is also compatible with the Music IO app, allowing you to control your laptop software via your iPhone cable (Lightning).
Use the Motion Synth App by itself or with a Motion Synth Grip:
The Motion Synth App has two modes:
1) Single-Key mode (free version): This Motion Synth App mode allows you to quickly engage with motion-based music control, and includes tutorial videos explaining how to use the in-app sounds.
2) Multi-Key mode (upgrade): This Motion Synth App mode is designed to work with the AUUG Motion Synth Grip: a physical holder that securely attaches your iPhone or iPod touch to your hand, thereby improving the dexterity and accuracy with which you can trigger notes via the touch screen.
- Users MUST upgrade to this app version before Jan 28 2017, otherwise the app may CEASE TO WORK as expected. Please LOG OUT of your current app version BEFORE upgrading. To continue to use Multi-Key mode you will need to LOG IN again using your existing username and password. If you have forgotten your login details, please tap the 'Forgot Password' option that can be found at 'Settings' > 'Help / Upgrade' > 'Login or Sign Up'. If you have too many logged in devices please contact email@example.com
- User interface improvements and bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Fun! ... But can be frustrating
It's not entirely intuitive in the way it connects to GarageBand or even more frustrating to another computer. Some of the other features, like adjusting the keys to fit your hand size can be difficult to find, and there are other internal controls that I don't know what they do. So it could really use a decent manual or online instruction.
That said, once I got it up and running it's pretty amazing. Running it through Logic on my laptop you can combine all kinds of sounds using the exs24 sampler or Kontakt Player and get some incredible effects.
One thing I'd like to see in the next version. Since some instruments like the GarageBand Smart Strings can be setup to play chords by pressing a single key, it would be great if the AUUG could interface with that. Currently, even if the smart strings are setup for chords the AUUG still only plays single notes on each key.
Additional programmability would be nice as well. There are a lot of available scales included, but the ability to set each key to a specific note would be helpful for doing more chromatic things and also when setting it up to use premade drum kit samples.
But overall it's very cool and there are a lot of options. Some of the ones I requested may even be in there and I just don't know how to access them yet. Again, a detailed manual would probably help
This is so awesome and the possibilities are endless. It’s been great using it with my TC Helicon Voicelive Touch 2 and for automation in Logic X. The best thing in production is being able to map multiple gestures and when you’re in ‘touch’ mode, you can actually write all gestures at once. Feels a lot more expressive and makes this specific part of producing a lot faster. Getting used to gesturing and feeling the parameters takes some getting used to so I would recommend being patient with it when first trying it out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really amazing. Also diving in with it in Ableton, awesome stuff!!
It makes me happy!
My wife came in and saw me struggling over this review. She pointed out that I have been trying to write it for weeks, and asked why I was having so much trouble. Before I could answer she said: "Just tell them how you feel when you play it and why".
OK, I feel happy when I play the Motion Synth. Why? Well I don't have any formal music training or innate ability, and have severe arthritis in my hands which precludes me from playing most conventional instruments but, thanks to the Motion Synth hardware and software, I can make music and that... makes me happy.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.