Sound Squares iOS App

Sound Squares

Information and Specifications

Category: Synthesizer Apps
Updated: 04 November 2011
Version: 1.32
Size: 4.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Mark Verstraete
© 2010 MarkV Apps
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Price: $2.99
Get it here: Sound Squares – Mark-V Apps

Description: Sound Squares is a polyphonic synthesizer that uses grids of musical squares to create its sound. It includes 4 analog waveforms, micro-tuning, an ADSR volume envelope and 4 effects (Low-Pass Envelope Filter, Distortion, Delay and Chorus).

Review
Sound Squares is an okay app that features an intriguing interface that does away with the traditional look of what a synthesizer should look like. It replaces the keyboard or a modular patch system with a grid based design. While this isn’t new, it is refreshing to use something other than plonking notes on a small keyboard, especially if you’re using an iPhone. On the iPad Sound Squares plays nicely from the interface.

It wouldn’t be a synthesizer if there wasn’t a level of program ability. In this case you have the choice of different waveforms to play with: Sine, Square, Sawtooth and Triangle. You can edit the waveforms to a degree, including tuning, attack time, decay rate, sustain and release. You can apply the ADSR settings to the waveform currently open.

The effects sections has 4 types: Filter, Distortion, Delay and Chorus. By default the effects are turned off. To activate the settings you have to turn it on. For the Filter you have Cutoff to 10.00KHz and Resonance. You can also play with the ADSR settings as well. Next is Distortion which has only one setting to effect the amount of distortion you want to use. Next up is Delay. Once you turn that on you have access to Delay Time, Feedback and Wet Mix. To access the Delay Time you must turn on Lock To Tempo, which you can adjust the Tempo up to 210 BPM. Final effect is Chorus and you have access to Rate, Depth, Wet Mix and Dry Mix. It is possible to have all effects on at the same time.

The final menu is the Options menu. This features Global Options, Modulation Bar Controls, Master Tuning and Pitch Bend Sensitivity. You can Save patterns for later use. You can also Randomize patterns with your own specified parameters. There are also 191 factory patterns to choose from.

On the whole a nice little app. I like the simple layout and it doesn’t feel cluttered at all. The Randomize feature is great and you can get some nice spacey tones out of the app. Worth the $2.99? Yes.