By Marek Bereza
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
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)
This has been one of my favorite live instruments while on tour since the iPhone 4. I would sincerely hope it’s updated but, if not, I’ve some equipment that simulates the same effect. This was so much more brilliantly convenient though.
Wants- level adjustment for input, backwards playback, sample edit(select and delete) maybe more FX options......not quite as cool as Filtatron by Korg, but still very useful. Awesome that you can email sound sample/performance w/ QuickTime. Sound quality is VG. Holding it down wit da K-Nutz krew Nyeeyonkah.
An absolute joy
Oh how I wish this were a VST, so I may use it's power of lulzy sound. Granted, I could just use a regular granulizer, but this has FILTERS. And TOUCHSCREEN MODULATION. If the company who made this reads this, please make this a VST. I'd buy it.