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Cascadr experiments with the idea of playing a sequence of notes and a number of speeds - simultaneously. Rather than the sequences being played in time with each other (for example, 30bpm, 60bpm, 120bpm...) they are played at intervals of 1bpm - which generates an interesting cascading effect.
There are eight notes in this sequence, and each note’s pitch can be chosen over a range of 2 octaves (on a chromatic scale) starting from A4 (or 440Hz). It’s also possible to alter the volume of each note, so emphasis can be placed on specific notes. Simply touch the column that represents the value you wish to change and drag up or down. When you change a note or note volume, the change will be heard straight away.
Perhaps most importantly, you can choose the speed of the sequences. As the idea of this application is to play sequences with this cascading effect, you can only choose the speed of the first sequence. So, if you choose a speed of 10bpm, the next sequence will be played at 11bpm, the next at 12bpm and so on.
Along with functions for starting and stopping the sequence, there is a ‘re-sync’ function that allows you to restart the sequence from the beginning, meaning that all of the sequences will be put back in sync again.
While there may be some ‘shock-horror’ at the lack of syncopation, Cascadr can produce some really ambient melodies and rhythms - along with some interesting chords as the sequences slide in and out of time. Just set your sequence, speed, play and listen.
I’ve got plans to add more features for customising the sequence further, and providing the ability to choose different sounds so stick around!
Have fun with it!
If you have any questions, ideas or spot a bug with the app, just get in contact with me at http://michaelaldridge.info/cascadr
What's New in Version 2.04
Addition of 8 'save slots'. Just select 'Switch slot' from the menu at the bottom of the screen, touch a slot number, close, and continue composing! All changes you make are automatically saved to the current slot.
This app is an excellent instrument: I've already created the basis for at least three compositions and haven't spent much more than an hour using it, if that. An update would be great though, Adding the ability to record performances, copy/paste, etc. I'd pay for such an update without hesitation. Thanks for a really cool app!
This app does something unique....the idea of incrementally differing bpms happening simultaneously....you could reproduce what it does coventionally, but you would have to record several tracks to do what Cascadr does instantly...however, I want to hear this with Crystalline and all of my other effects so I gotta ask for Audiobus compatability please.
To the developers....
In order to keep up with changing things in the software/iOS world this app, which is amazing, desperately needs a way to record/copy/paste, plus the addition of Audiobus to be a really useful tool. As it sits, it's just a cool noisemaker that needs updating. Please, please, please add these features, and a cool noisemaker will become a great tool!