Wivi Band™ 15-in-1
By Wallander Instruments
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The WIVI instruments are real-time playable computer models of real acoustic instruments. But instead of being constructed from woods, metals or plastics, they're based on the analysis and modelling of the sound and physics of the actual instrument.
The professional studio version of WIVI is normally used by artists, composers and producers for everything from radio hits to Hollywood blockbusters. Now you can enjoy the same expressive musical instruments that professionals have had access to for years, at a fraction of the price.
See a demonstration of Wivi Band™ on YouTube, by amazing Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater:
Wivi Band is now also available as a VST/AU/RTAS sequencer plug-in, for use in your professional music productions! For more information please visit our homepage:
Wivi Band runs on the iPhone, using the microphone as a wind controller with full dynamic range, and an easy-to-learn piano fingering with 5-octave range.
Wivi Band includes 15 expressive musical instruments - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon and Contrabassoon.
Hook up Wivi Band to headphones, a Hi-Fi system or multi-track recording device, start a band with your friends or watch your kids take their first steps as rising musicians.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: The octave keys sometimes let go when I play the keyboard?
A: Make sure your screen is as clean as possible! This makes it easier for the iPhone to detect multi-touches.
Q: Why is the sound low-fi on my 1st generation iPhone?
A: The iPhone 2G (1st generation) automatically locks at 8 kHz sample rate whenever the internal microphone is in use. To get high-quality output on 2G iPhones, you must use a compatible headset with microphone.
Q: How do I use it on my iPod Touch?
A: If your model supports it, you can use a headset or an external microphone. If you don't have a microphone, the Wivi Band instruments will lock at the highest dynamics and are still playable, but without wind controller support.
Q: Why are some keys blacked out?
A: Keys that are blacked out are outside of the natural range of the instrument. Most wind instruments only have a 4-5 octaves range.
Q: I get little response from blowing at the Microphone of my iPhone 4.
A: Make sure that microphone amplification is set to 2x in Wivi Band, on the main screen.
What's New in Version 2.0
- Retina graphics
iPod Touch Buyer Beware
Giving Wallander credit where credit is due, this is a fun app and probably worth the sale price of $2.99, even if it has limited functionality. The tones are not as high quality as their competitors, but they aren't bad. Wivi Band might be expressive and sound better on an iPhone but on the iPod Touch the mic function does not work, so you can only get full-blown, brassy sounds. Take for example the French Horn: a mellow, full-bodied, smooth brass instrument. Wivi's French Horn sounds like a 6th grader playing a cheap trumpet (my cheap French Horn sounded better than this when I was in 6th grade, though not by much) . After multiple emails to their service department they moved the "Blow" prompt to the correct side, but it still doesn't work. Their response? "Get headphones with a microphone". I spent $400+ on an iPod with a microphone, how about fixing your app instead? I requested a refund until the software worked but got no response. It's a shame, because these folks have a GREAT idea, and I can't imagine it would be difficult to make it GREAT in fact. If you decide to buy anyway I hope you have a better experience than I have. Most of all I just hope Wallander gets their act together and gives us what they advertise - a working app!
Decent sounds, but needs core MIDI support
I bought this app 2 years ago for $4.99 after being blown away by the Jordan Rudess video. I play sax and electronic wind synthesizer and thought it was cool for iPhone and with quality tones. The Tuba did not sound realistic but the others are good. Please update with core MIDI capability in order to make it useful for performance. Then I can use a MIDI wind controller to drive the tones. The keyboard interface is not practical when trying to blow into the mic because you have to strain to see where your fingers are touching. This doesn't work for performance or reading music. I see now that the newer WI Orchestra has added MIDI support and it works with a wind controller via iRig MIDI interface, but I shouldn't have to buy the same instruments again in the different app just for MIDI. The selection of these 15 instruments is a good choice and would be useful for live performance with an update.
I like it, very much, the tones don't exactly match, but it's an iPhone app. The only real problem I have because I don't have a microphone on my ipod, is that the key board doesn't have a full octave. When you play Bb concert scale it should go cdefgabc, not without the second octave concert Bb
- Category: Music
- Updated: May 13, 2011
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 13.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Wallander Instruments
- © 2005-2011 Arne Wallander
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.