Chomping At The Bit
Review Based On Use With iPads 1,2,3.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know the first thing about programming with C-like code
expressions. So my initial impressions of BitWiz were puzzling. Put some
oscillators, filters, envelopes etc in front of me and I’m comfy, but C codes?
Bitwise, Arithmetic, algorithms, operations….. say what now? Where’s the
Well maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I really am not proficient in
programming codes. BitWiz, thankfully, makes it so I don’t have to be. After
reading the in app instructions, it’s really not so difficult. In fact, it is
simple to learn. After a little time exploring the included library of presets,
and messing with the codes, I was finding myself engrossed in a 8-bit synth,
world of generative musical wonders.
With such an open world of code possibilities, a randomize feature, and creative
code tweaking I was making cool 8-bit stereo sounds. Feeling very retro, I was
playing it like an instrument with its spacious X/Y pad, and day dreaming of my
first NES console. Not so hard at all. Learning how to make evolving generative
sounds that seem to take on a life of their own is a real blast. It was like I
was in some 8-bit dimension where ghosts of Nintendos past took over
orchestrating a new epic cave adventure sound track.
BitWiz is MIDI
supported, so if you’re thinking about piping in your programmed masterpieces to
your MIDI keyboard, you can.
You could also just record your sounds in app,
and audio copy to paste in other compatible apps. Or, open in other apps like
AudioShare to keep it safely cataloged for a project. Recordings and codes can
be uploaded to SoundCloud, emailed, or even Tweeted.
It seems to me that BitWiz was designed with ease of use in mind. Maybe
considering that a very streamlined interface would help ease some users
trepidation of all the C code involved? Well, it works and had that relaxing
effect on me. It has a consistent retro look all around and displays the
waveform responding and moving to touch input on the X/Y pad. All things
considered, my initial discomfort is but a memory leaving me to feel good about
recommending BitWiz. Check it out.
Click HERE to be directed to iTunes to purchase BitWiz Audio Synth
Your reviews are very useful. This looks like another app worth
Has so much going for it, core features… except, for me, a command line 😉 I’m amazed you tried it on iPad 1,2, and 3, AND read the instructions. C-code scares me too, if you found it easy, thats cool. Some people like this approach, my think is randomly touching the iPhone to see what happens. Still, I’d love to try it, who knows, I may like it.
Another great review by mister smite matter – gave me envy to buy the App!
Wow… That’s not what I was expecting to see 🙂 crazy idea, I know some demo scene guys who will love this. Nice one 🙂
Looks Retro, has some cool sounds and plays nice with other apps – what more do you need?
Thank you everyone. I enjoyed giving out the codes. I wish I had more, but all gone now.
Great review. I had a similar experience. It is such an awesome app and the developer is awesome. I asked if he could add midi and it was out a few weeks later. The sounds are strong and have a feeling that can’t be expressed without trying it. It is also a beautiful screen. All I do is swipe and occasionally put other variables in such as the mic input, etc. When matched with an audio input such as my guitar, it can make some awesome tones.