By Zach Gage
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**OSC Supoort is here in non-lite version 2.5**
Preview here: http://www.vimeo.com/2665528
If you're unfamiliar with synthPond I highly recommend that you watch the tutorial at :
It's the easiest way to get familiar with the software and understand what is possible. The first 5 minutes where I talk about basic features are relevant to synthPond Lite
synthPond is a relaxing spatial sequencer and generative audio toy inspired by the work of Toshio Iwai.
Unlike a normal sequencer where you place notes on a grid and a moving playhead plays them, in synthPond you place nodes in a field (pond).
Because the system is spatial, it's easily graspable and very intuitive, but also very deep. While it's easy for someone with no music knowledge to create a complex melody, synthpond is also suited for advanced musicians who are interested in generative musical composition.
Additionally, the audio generated can be placed in a 3D space, occurring around the listener coming from the relative positions of each node. This also allows for spatial features like orbiting to create a more generative composition.
synthPond requires headphones, without them you may hear distorted or limited audio.
synthPond was built with mobileFrameworks, an iPhone related c++ library for artists
synthPond Lite includes most of the features from synthPond 1.0, but lacks many of the more complex features of synthPond 2.0, which is available for $1.99 USD
What's New in Version 1.0.1
- fixed blank field / immovable nodes bug
Deeper than you might imagine...
synthPond is a 'multi-touch' native application - the sort of app that naturally fits into a touch interface metaphor. But like many such apps, it requires a little learning to get the most out of it. For most people, downloading it and just trying things isn't going to be very satisfying- this is not an 'instant gratification' app. But the rewards, for learning about how it works, and learning how to control it, are pretty compelling. synthPond makes it easy to set up and edit complex polyrhythmic sequences of sounds that would be hard, if not impossible, to create and edit in a more conventional sequencer. Once you've 'got it', then the interface is wonderfully intuitive, and fast for making changes to multiple sequences! My only regrets are that I almost dismissed it because of that steep initial learning curve, and that my fingers aren't nimble enough to exploit some of the clever timed bits of the UI, but practice shoudl sort that out.
Very nice mobile application
Takes a little learning but some great results.
Very impressive use of the technology
- Category: Music
- Updated: 08 December 2008
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 3.1 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Zach Gage
- © Zach Gage, 2008
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.