A Granular Playground
Review is based on use with iPad 1 iOS 5.0.1
There are a lot of apps around that can do a lot of crazy things with audio files for effect. Something I’ve noticed though is few actually perform well in all aspects and features. Students of many, but masters of nothing syndrome, in some cases I suspect.
iDensity is a strait up asynchronous sound file granular synthesis tool. It’s a suite of specific controls and features to warp audio in subtle to wildly creative ways. At first look it seems it doesn’t really do a whole lot, but that’s just not true. It is deceptively simple in appearance with a highly complex, and sophisticated engine that clearly has this type of audio design mastered.
iDensity has all the tools you need on one screen to make adjusting audio files you can easily import via audio copy paste (Just added ACP in most recent update!) and or record directly through the iPad mic. It also supports iRig Mic as well. Real time scrubbing, pitch shifting, time jitter, stereo width, grain size, are a few of the main on screen functions controlled by simple sliders to increase or decrease effect. There are 8 grain envelope shapes, and 9 preset sample files. The real fun is when you bring in your own audio files and just play around with all the sliders, setting and scrubber. If things sound too loud, or need a boost there is a nice normalize wave amplitude slider as well.
Recording is a snap, and copying to other compatible apps is just as easy.
My only gripe is the recording time is a bit limited, but not badly.
You can easily mix down your recordings for quick sharing in iTunes.
Supported audio are .wav, .aiff, MP3, .caf and M4A
For more details and information visit the apeSoft developers website.
iDensity is a lot of fun, highly useful, and a quality granular FX suite producing outstanding results in a professional and clean interface.
Available in iTunes