One of the more intriguing music hardware products of 2015 was the Seaboard RISE controller from ROLI. Launched on September 9th, the Seaboard provided users new ways to play music. While the Seaboard may have been a little out of the price range of many musicians, ROLI has just released a FREE app for the iPhone called NOISE (apparently ROLI likes ALL CAPS).
Check out the launch video below:
Taking advantage of the new 3D Touch available on the newest iPhone 6s, NOISE will allow users to perform in much the way that you can on the Seaboard - using what ROLI calls "5D Touch". With the iPhone 6s, you'll be able to strike, press, glide, slide, or lift to create music.
But don't worry if you don't have the latest device. NOISE will work on any iPhone 5 or newer. The app will also ship with 25 preset sounds, with additional sounds available by IAP.
If you do happen to have a Seaboard controller, then NOISE will pair perfectly as a sound engine, as it can be used with Bluetooth over MIDI. So you've got that going for you, which is nice.
I've had a chance to have a quick play with NOISE this morning. The included sounds are really good. I particularly like the Funk Voxbox Bass preset. The modulation on that one can be fun. There's a good range of sounds here as well, with some sweet lead sounds that just scream. Having said that, there is no Audiobus or IAA right now, which is a bummer. I'd definitely like to use these in some tracks, so here's hoping ROLI is able to include that in a later update. You're also going to need iOS 9.0 or higher.
I don't yet have the iPhone 6s, so I'm not able to fully test out the 3D Touch aspect of this app. However, I really do like what I've seen so far. I would recommend you to go ahead and grab this app. It's free, and you can find it at the App Store link below. As always, please remember to leave a review for the developers in the App Store.[app 1011132019]