By Marek Bereza
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Sampletoy is a radical new musical instrument/plaything; part sampler, part granular synthesiser. Use it to capture sounds through the microphone, then play, loop, pitch and distort them live on the screen.
There are plenty of features under the hood, such as resonant filters, delays and envelope. You can enable "stepped" mode to play your sounds like a traditional keyboard, or keep it in "free" mode for some microtonal madness.
Once you've recorded a sound, use the main area of the screen to play it back at different pitches (up to 5 fingers at a time). You can crop the sound by dragging a selection over the waveform. The crop area is also multitouch and you can adjust the crop while playing the sound too.
The y-axis is pitch of the sound, and the x axis is configurable to control filters or envelope.
You can record your performances on Sampletoy and send them via email within the app as a CD-quality wav file (mono or stereo)
* Create your own instruments out of any sound.
* Email your performances as audio files straight from the app.
* Built-in resonant filters, delay and envelope.
* Auto-saves current recording and state and recalls it again on next launch.
* Stepped mode allows chromatic, major, minor, pentatonic and whole-tone scales to be played.
* Totally multitouch - play up to 5 notes at once.
* 44kHz/16bit - professional quality sound.
* Built-in comprehensive manual.
Sampletoy requires audio input, so works only with the iPhone (built-in mic or headset mic) and iPod Touch 2G (headset mic)
A brilliant app!
I will use this app with my home recorder to make Simmons Drum snare sounds... you can simply record yourself making a "Shhhh" noise with your mouth and by adjusting the sample with the easy-to-use controls, voila! Instant Simmons drums!
Just what I needed!
Suggestions for updates...
Please make it so a sample can be edited by allowing a selection of the sample to be deleted, then combine the top and bottom sections to make one sample.
Thanks for a great and useful app!
P.S. The people who have reviewed this app as "useless" obviously aren't into recording and don't understand the applications a tool like this has. If you don't know what a sampler is and what it does, you may be dissapointed.
But if you're curious about how they make a lot of the effects you hear in music since the 1980's, this app is a simple to use introduction to the world of sampling. If you're the creative type, this is a great app. If you aren't, you won't understand a need for this app.
Amazingly Professional Sounds
There is no end to the wild and even beautiful sounds you can produce with this, by starting with your own voice or whatever else and altering it in many ways, and then playing it with a well laid out interface. Anything from retro science fiction to really meditative and ambient chops can be produced, saved and altered again. Looking forward to updates, but great as is. More advanced saving of compositions would be nice. Just download this. Blows away many of the iPhone synth apps.
If bebot were a sampler and granular synthesizer, it would look something like this. This may turn out to be one of the more useable iphone instruments for me personally.
2 functional things: I can usually make a note stick in stepped mode if I move all the way from left to right. Also, personally I think the range function should work when you are in stepped mode as well, thus you could do away with bass mode altogether.
Wish list: More mangling efx such as distortion (bit degrade?), etc. Possibly a more customizable scale choice a la bebot. Also, it would be great if you could select the direction of the sample being played by sliding your finger forward or backwards over the sample bar.
Anyway, by far the most useful (to me) granular synth/sampler app I've tried.