Volotic is an experimental nonlinear sequencer by artist Scott Garner. What does that even mean? It means a fun way to create songs for everyone, with no musical experience required.
In Volotic, you compose a song by arranging a selection of "towers" on a grid. Each tower has a different function for creating beats, modifying beats or triggering instruments.
Here are some points with bullets next to them:
• Over fifty tower types with more on the way.
• A selection of demo compositions to get you started.
• No musical experience is required, preset scales and arpeggios keep things sounding nice.
• Manual tuning for advanced control.
• 3D sound—drag your music to focus on different sections.
• Easily record and share your composition with Everyplay.
• Tons of new towers and handy features in Plus Mode.
Volotic was selected for inclusion in the App Store Best of 2015. Neat!
The previous version of Volotic had a bug that resulted in a child crying. Hopefully this version will not make any children cry. If you ever see or hear a crying child, it is probably because they need to update their apps.
Also, I updated a bunch of under-the-hood stuff and hopefully didn't break every single thing.
Ratings and Reviews
No instructions. No sound(!) (yes I'm unmuted and the sound is maxed) and no play button. No save functionality unless you pay. Not that it matters since you can't hear $*%t coming from my new iPhone 7 plus. Lame. Don't even bother.
Edit: found the instructions buried under "app support" in the app store. They are useless.
This app proposes a much more fun way to create music!
Pretty much everything you come up using this app is going to sound very similar (download the app and check out the demos). This is due in part to the nature of the type of interface in use in this and app, and many other app like it in the iTunes store. Unfortunately this block grid with modules to be placed on the grid to produce or modulate the sound style of interface makes compositions that just too rigid and repetitious for my ear. While a few additional controls would help ease the problems, a way to change the tempo and volume would be a start, for these types of apps are interesting for about 15 or 20 minutes and that's about it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.