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SoundPrism Electro has arrived – A new app from Audanika

Audanika, the developers behind the classic SoundPrism Pro app, have released a new app in the SoundPrism series called SoundPrism Electro. While it shares many features as the previous SoundPrism Pro app, SoundPrism Electro brings some great enhancements and new sounds to your iPads.

As seen in the promo video above, the interface is very similar to what you may already be familiar with if you own SoundPrism Pro. Bass notes run down the column on the left, and the melody playing surface dominates the majority of the right-hand side of the screen. In between the two is a section that allows you to change the way these two other sections interact.

Contained in this middle section are both the controls to change the key of the chords and how the notes are played. The top two buttons (see photo below) enable the "all-play" mode, which allows for simple play of the bass, chords and melody all together. The bottom two buttons enable the "melody-mode". In this mode, you can play and individual melody in the notes section, and playing a bass note will also play a chord. In this mode is where you can play some easy arpeggios or other lead lines. These modes are a bit different from the SoundPrism Pro app.

One new addition in Electro that did not exist in Pro is the ribbon controller. This vertical slider (located just below the 'Hold' button) controls the Low Pass Filter. This is a really nice way to alter the in-app sounds, and can really add some additional variety to those sounds, or be used live to create some great modulation.

I hesitate to go too much further into explaining exactly how the app works, for two reasons. First of all, it is a very intuitive app. Secondly, the in-app help section is superb. It walks you through an interactive tutorial of each section of the app. It's really well done, and will answer most any question you have about the app.

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That said, let's chat about the sounds. Under the Presets menu you have nine different sounds, divided into three groups. If you've been paying attention so far, you can probably guess what those three groups are. If you haven't been paying attention, or perhaps are a native of Wisconsin (cheap Minnesota rivalry joke there), I'll explain. There are three sounds for the Bass notes, three sounds for the Chords, and three sounds for the Melody.

As the app's name would imply, these sounds are clearly in the "electronic" realm sonically. They are nicely designed to stand out from each other, so the Melody line clearly cuts through the Chords, and the Bass is deep and holds down the low end. There is also some reverb options included.

Those familiar with SoundPrism Pro know that it also served well as a MIDI controller. In SoundPrism Electro, this has been simplified. Instead of configuring the MIDI channel outputs within the app, these are already set up. The Bass notes output on Channel 1, Chords on Channel 2, and Melody on Channel 3. So, all you need to do is configure your output synths to look for these channels, and you're set.

One of the strong points of SoundPrism Electro is the ease in which you can create chord progressions and melodies that sound great immediately. There are no "wrong" notes, as everything is going to be in the key that you select. Moving from left to right in the notes section will give you higher pitches, so this very quickly becomes natural to move around and build a melody. In the time that it's taken you to read this, you could have already put together a nice sounding song. Seriously. It's great for songwriting, if that's your thing. All you avant-garde noisemakers may find "being in key" tough to work with, however.

Technical details time. SoundPrism Electro is iOS 8 only. It's also currently iPad only (unlike SoundPrism Pro). Sebastian Dittmann, one of the developers of the app, has stated that they are looking into an iPhone version as well. In my time playing with it, I experienced no issues at all. Not a single crash, no stuttering at all. I'm on an iPad Air 1, and on iOS 8.1.2 for the record.

If you're a fan of MIDI controllers, SoundPrism Electro is great. For someone like me, who is barely fluent in musical theory and all thumbs when it comes to piano keyboards, this app makes coming up with chord progressions simple and fun. But that's not to dismiss the use of this app as a stand-alone app. The sounds within are rich and crisp, with some real growl in the bass notes in particular. It stands on its own merits there. SoundPrism Electro really is a great app, and is on sale at an introductory price of just $4.99. Highly recommend.

If you're thinking about buying SoundPrism Electro, please consider clicking through our App Store link below. Thanks!

[app 944271356]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're thinking about buying SoundPrism Electro, please consider clicking through our App Store link below. Thanks!

[app 944271356]

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