VOSIS iPad App

VOSIS iPad App

Information and Specifications

Category: Synthesizer Apps
Updated: Feb 05, 2014
Version: 1.1.0
Size: 16.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Ryan McGee
© Ryan Michael McGee
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Price: $1.99
Get it here: VOSIS – Ryan McGee

Description: VOSIS is a synthesizer that uses scanned synthesis of greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.


Review
VOSIS is a synthesizer that creates its sound using images or live video. The name VOSIS stands for Voice of Sisyphus Image Sonification. Sisyphus really? Sonification? Is that a word?

The quick low down on the app: Use the touch screen to generate the ADSR envelope. It has 6 voice polyphony; 3 touch regions and 3 looped regions. To loop just toggle LOOP and double tap the region you want looped. Press IMG to get an image from your library or CAM to use a live video feed, toggle between front and back camera. PAN for creating a stereo field. LEVEL to adjust brightness and MASK for level bit reduction. CUTOFF for low-pass and high-pass filter and THRESH filter to “accentuate differences between image regions”. There’s also vibrato and reverb effects. And TUNING which “creates major or minor chords with multiple touch voices”. There’s a few more features I won’t go into. It does have Audiobus support, but most apps have this as standard now.

I can’t see much wrong with VOSIS (besides the silly name). It’s one of those apps where you don’t have enough fingers to do what you want. You either have to use 2 fingers on the image and struggle with 2 fingers to change a parameter, no more. It’s fun though. Great for thunderous basses and weird noises. Not sure if it was my iPad 2 but I get a delay toggling between INFO, IMG and CAM. Make sure you give it access to your library or IMG will do nothing. CAM is capable of amazing results with a live feed. The parameter change section is a little simplistic and a bit awkward to use. MIDI would be a great inclusion and more effects. But I’m not complaining. Far from it. A ground breaking app? No. It is a great synthesizer for creating unexpected sounds in a different way. For $1.99 it’s not going to break the bank.