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apeSoft app all get big makeovers in Version 2.0 – Stria, iPulsaret, and iDensity

There are some developers who just seem to "get it". Making music on iOS devices can be a unique experience compared to hardware or desktop counterparts. Some of the best, and most unique, apps in the iOS world come from the developer apeSoft. Three of those apps were recently updated, bringing improved UI's and even more features. Below is a quick word about each.

Stria

Stria was just updated last week. Billed as a "Multilevel Interactive Sound Synthesizer", Stria is an app that is capable of a wide range of sounds. Using up to 240 FM oscillators, five spectral pitch grid generators, and a ton of effects, Stria will get sounds coming in a hurry.

Version 2.0, along with the other apeSoft apps, brought in a new UI, which aligns it with most of the other apeSoft apps. I really like having all of these apps using a similar interface, as it really is easier and less intimidating. Also added here was a second FM pad, and a new Control Manager LFO.

Here's the full list of updates in Version 2.o:

+ New: UI Skins
+ New: Second FM Pad
+ New: Control Manager LFO
+ Support for 14 bit MIDI nRPN
+ Improved Hyper Vectorial Pad
+ Inter-App Audio fixed
+ DSP on/off fade
+ Save Control Manager in the Presets
+ Optimised for iPhone 6 and 6+
+ iOs 8.3 SDK
+ Audiobus 2.1.6.1
+ Midibus 1.27
+ Bug Fixed

[app 625740515]

iPulsaret

iPulsaret is an app that may, from appearances, look to be the most "normal" of the trio. With a virtual keyboard, you may have a higher comfort level with the interface that you would with Stria or iDensity. In this app, you'll be playing with granular synthesis. I've managed to get some pretty creepy sounds out of this one. Once you start combining this app with apeDelay or Amazing Noises Dedalus, things really go wild. Along with the new UI and Control Manager LFO, iPulsaret also extended the polyphony to 32 voices and added a harmonic source multislider.

Here's the full list of updates in Version 2.o:

+ New: UI Skins
+ New: Knob/Slider
+ New: Control Manager LFO
+ New: Harmonic Source Multislider
+ New: Keyboard trigger Sample to start
+ New: Mp3 Sample Supports
+ Extended polyphony at 32 Voices
+ Support for 14 bit MIDI nRPN
+ Improved Hyper Vectorial Pad
+ Improved Lowpass Ladder
+ Improved some knobs with exponential curve
+ Inter-App Audio fixed
+ DSP on/off fade
+ Save Control Manager in the Presets
+ Optimised for iPhone 6 and 6+
+ iOs 8.3 SDK
+ Audiobus 2.1.6.1
+ Midibus 1.27
+ Bug Fixed
+ Two built-in new preset banks

[app 565880268]

iDensity

Finally, iDensity also received huge update awhile back, increasing to four samples to manipulate (previously there was only one). While this is an upgrade that requires an IAP, it absolutely elevates this app into a monster. iDensity allows you to take samples and manipulate them granularly (is that a word?). You can either use sample or play live through iDensity.

This is the first app of this trio that I bought, and I really like this one. It is possible to take the tamest, simplest sample and absolutely turn it into a nightmare soundscape. You can find subtlety with iDensity if you like, but I'm much more prone to the extremes. Like the others, it may take a little time to figure out what all the knobs and sliders do, but it's worth the effort.

[app 464660779]

 

Where apeSoft has set themselves apart is the use of LFO's to control nearly every parameter within their apps. You can choose to add a slow, sweeping sine LFO wave to the pan to gently swirl the sounds, or add a fast square LFO to create a jittery maelstrom. These apps are an experimenter's dream. It's like being able to bend time and space, and create sounds that have never been heard before. I've lost a lot of time with these apps, and enjoyed every minute.

I've included App Store links for each app up above, you can also pick up the apeBundle, which includes all three of these apps at a great price of $14.99 USD. That's a steal for these apps. For some reason I can't link to the bundle here, but if you're interested, you can just click through one of the individual app links above, and then look for the bundle from there.

If you're interested in something different, and aren't afraid to push sonic boundaries, you owe it to yourself to check out these offerings from apeSoft. The developer Alessandro Petrolati is committed to making these apps great, and continues to update them to make them even better.

 

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