SonicScan Touch

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Information and Specifications

Category: Synthesizer Apps
Updated: Oct 01, 2013
Version: 1.0.1
Size: 96.2 MB
Language: English
Seller: Andrew Dolphin
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Price: $0.99
Get it here: SonicScan Touch – Andrew Dolphin

Description: SonicScan Touch is a multi-touch synthesizer. It is possible to use 4 fingers to manipulate textures, drones and shifting sonic landscapes. There are sixteen scenes to control, layer and manipulate sound.


Quick Review
SonicScan Touch is an interesting multi-touch app for creating drones and weird sounds, it would appear just a little under cooked. Or is it? On the first screen you have the option to choose 16 scenes to play with. Each scene has different textures, sounds, noises, etc. Once you randomly pick a scene, because that’s what you’re doing as they’re not named with something to identify it being different from the other scenes. With a scene open you are given several options that again are unmarked. The first are 3 different sized circles that act as chords or positions on the electric field, fret board? Who knows. The other option is to go back to the scenes page. The next thing you notice there are a number of lines, the so called fret board or whatever. The blue lines are for modulation and the green lines next it to the right is its pitch. I would have liked to see something named here like MOD or Pitch but you can’t have everything.

The noises, textures, drones are quite nice as you experiment with a combination of 4 fingers. I did notice with iOS 7 if you use 4 fingers and slide up the lines/ electrical field the app minimizes to a sliding view of recently opened apps. To go back to SonicScan Touch you have to double click the minimized view. Besides this little bug that I’m sure will be addressed in the future, the sounds are great and it is possible to create weird noises for soundtracks or experimental music.

The lack of effects is a bit of a downer. The design of the app is sparse, maybe a little too lacking in features I don’t know. For what it does do it’s OK. Give it AudioBus compatibility and it might give it extra life. The lack of any kind of instruction or naming simple functions makes the app a little confusing. The sounds, like I’ve already said, keep the app from being deleted soon after installation. There’s a great idea here, it just hasn’t materialized fully.