Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958.
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.
You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.
While the other similar programs are just fun toys, the Virtual ANS is a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.
Actually the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it (as well as PixiVisor) is more appropriate for people who are searching for something new, not afraid to experiment with sound.
[ Key features ]
• unique Virtual Analog sound engine;
• unlimited number of pure tone generators;
• powerful sonogram editor - you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
• any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
• MIDI Input;
• supported file formats: WAV, PNG, JPEG, GIF, VNS (Virtual ANS 1.x);
• Jack and Audiobus support;
• iTunes File Sharing;
• Wi-Fi Export/Import.
[ Official Virtual ANS homepage ]
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Ratings and Reviews
No way to import images from camera roll?
Cool app but I purchased this to play spectrogram images. There's no way to import images from the camera roll - you have to connect to the app through wifi and transfer the files into that way, which is way more complicated and time consuming than it needs to be. Will update to 5 stars if that feature gets added. It's a great app in all other areas.
Excellent spectral painter
Paint a spectrum directly, or via analysis, plug it into other effects, edit it and mix layers of sound live. It's very powerful ! I'm the author of Tondo, a spectral app that may come back sometime, but meanwhile, this is very much the same in terms of features.
Gorgeous and brilliant
An amazing way to explore the interface between sound and vision. Eerie, haunting and endlessly absorbing. Many thanks to the developer for giving this rare classic instrument a virtual afterlife!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.