Yes, it is true. The long-awaited, highly-anticipated update to Borderlands Granular will be released March 30th. While it may have been a long time coming, it is definitely worth the wait. Check out the demo video below for a teaser:
New features include Audiobus compatibility, "Open In" functionality from Audioshare, Inter-App Audio (IAA) instrument, scene saving, external mic recording capabilities and the ability to record automation of nearly every parameter. Borderlands Granular will work in all three slots in Audiobus. So, use your favorite samples and record into a DAW effortlessly, or use your favorite iOS apps to record samples into Borderlands. It is so great to be able get these sounds into your iOS DAW without having to use iTunes File Sharing.
Here's the info from the App Store description:
Audiobus Input, Output, and Filter support
AudioShare import and export
Real time audio input recording and granulation
Save and load presets
Resonant filters on each grain cloud
...and much more!
Better sample import options
Support for external audio interfaces
Better memory handling
Multiple sample rates and buffer sizes supported
Interface rotation supported
File sharing enabled
Touch, transform, and explore sound with this new interface for granular synthesis, a technique that
involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or “grains”, to create complex, evolving timbres
and textures. Double tap the screen to create a grain cloud and start exploring a landscape of sound.
Borderlands emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. Create, drag, and throw pulsing
clouds of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to sculpt sound with
Borderlands comes ready to play with default sample content included, but you can also load and export
your own sounds via Audiobus, Audioshare, and real time input from the mic or external audio
interfaces. Re-sample recordings made within the app on-the-fly for layers-upon-layers of granulation.
You can also improvise alongside the app - touches and parameters may be recorded, looped, stored,
and duplicated. Entire configurations of clouds, sounds, and automation can be saved into presets, or
“scenes,” that may be recalled at a later time, allowing Borderlands to seamlessly transition between the
studio and the stage.
I've been playing around with the beta version for some time now, and Borderlands Granular on its own has an amazing sound. But, to turn it up to 11, adding in some crazy effects apps like Dedalus, Reverb FDN, or the AUFX apps will turn your sounds on their heads. This will be an app that will bring constant surprises at all the possible combinations.
I reviewed Version 1.0 back in June of 2014 (see review here). It was a great and innovative app when it was released, and there wasn't (and isn't) anything else quite like it. Now that you can easily get sounds in and out, plus the additional scene saving functionality, make this app even more extraordinary.
If you're into experimental music, this is a must-have app. As you can see from the screenshot above, there are so many ways to manipulate each sample. Each grain cloud can have anywhere from 1 to 32 grains. You can adjust the amplitude envelope for each grain, and control the stereo distribution of the grains. There are different filters to choose from (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, etc.). Playback can also be reversed or randomized per grain cloud.
Control of the grain cloud themselves are included. You can automate their position by recording your movements around the screen, and this will loop throughout your track. If you prefer, you can use the iPad's accelerometer (this controls all grain clouds together). If you're into more generative stuff, you can have the grain clouds wrap around the screen while using the gravity controls (rather than being deleted when moved offscreen).
There's just so much going on in this app. It's a performance instrument. It is so tactile, that it's a thrill to get your hands on it and move and tweak the clouds. I imagine that if I used the same five samples on five different songs, I could easily create five radically different tracks. And as I mentioned before, with the option of using iOS effects apps, the sky is the limit here.
I give the developer Chris Carlson major credit for developing such a deep and unique app. This is a huge accomplishment, and Borderlands Granular deserves to be one of those apps you would show your friends to show off the power of iOS apps. If you've had Borderlands Granular already, but have waiting for the update, today is the day to celebrate. If you've been holding off on buying it until it was updated, get your finger ready to hit "buy". The update will be officially released on March 30th!
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