By Masao Suzaki
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Do you know Ondes Martenot? "Petites Ondes" is the world's first iPad application that reproduce the classical electronic musical instrument Ondes Martenot. You can play it casually during a break for coffee.
http://youtu.be/PpfaVQ2Nn0g (or visit Skip Note Studio's web site)
Ondes Martenot iPad app "Petites Ondes" was used in the sound track of new movie "GOTHIC ASSASSINS (director: Milos Twilight)". http://www.gothicassassins.com/
The sound track was entirely created with only iPad/iPhone's music apps. "Petites Ondes" was used as a one of musical instrument.
1. Touche (for dynamics control)
2. Playing with keyboard (Clavier)
3. Playing with ring (Bague)
4. Keyboard vibrating
5. Manual vibrato (using accelerometer)
4. timbres select (8, N, C, O, g, G)
5. trill buttons (minor 2nd, major 3rd, and 5th with just intonation)
6. Reverb effect
7. Pitch correction function
8. Help function
For expressive playing, put iPad on your knee is recommended!
It's possible you feel difficult to play Petites Ondes at first. But, it is because of you have an experience reality of playing an Ondes Martenot. A little practice makes you as a ondist! Let's try it!
Ondes Martenot can play single tone. Right hand: to control the pitch. Left hand: to control dynamics. To produce a sound, you have to touch the "touche"(for control dynamics). But, you can control dynamics as if touch a pressure sensor. This is a method to simulate real "touche". Let's try it with help function is ON.
When you can't hear any sound, please check Side Switch setting in "Setting" app.
1. Select "Mute" at Side Switch setting in "Setting" app.
2. Operate the "Silent/Screen lock" to unmute side (you can not see red).
3. Play Petites Ondes.
Maybe you can not hear low frequency from iPad's small speaker.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Improvement of ring image quality, and ring movement.
Add opening animation to the control drawer.
Love it, but...
First off, this app is excellent. If you're looking for a virtual Ondes Martenot or Electro Theremin, this is it. That being said, there are a few problems. First off, sound is only produced through headphones or external speakers, but not the built in ones (at least on my first generation iPad). That's a biggie. Sometimes the app gets buggy when you press the buttons that make the tone go up an interval (2nd, 3rd, 5th). The rind will get stuck in a weird position, and it can only be fixed by switching from the keyboard back to the ring. But as for quality, playability, and attention to detail, this app reigns supreme.
This couple be perfect if….
This app could replace an entire instrument in my rig and I could recommend but for one thing. That press to play dynamic button. It can be unresponsive, it is not solidly reliable enough to rely on this thing. If the button were a PPC type controller or if it were an optional switch in item, fine. Any instrument where you can lose audio because of an unmarked incremental finger placement makes it not reliably useful. i would pay more for a more reliable version.
This is a very good reproduction of the Ondes interface, and does a reasonably good job reproducing the sound. My only (small) criticisms would be for more of the original options for the timbres (though the fact that you have access to all the original timbres is great), and for a more dynamic action for the "touche" feature. As it is, there's very little range between "off" and "on." Those are very minor criticisms, and this app is well worth the price!