2012
06/19
Turn Pictures Into Playable Sounds
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Turn Pictures Into Playable Sounds

A Pollisynth is a free app for the iphone that takes a picture of something, and then translates that picture into a unique sound-wave. In order to fully understand the colors that surround us we must engage an additional sense. A Pollisynth can be the gateway to your mindbrain, and can give you a good time doing it.

Remember that the spark to take a picture begins in the MIND, and funny enough, ends in the MIND once a song is made. There are a lot of ways to play with a Pollisynth – two people taking a picture of the same thing and then playing it, a gang of kids taking pictures of SLUSHIES and then making a harmonized song out of the soundwaves…

Pollisynth iPhone App Screenshot

Pollisynth iPhone App Screenshot

By logging into Facebook with Pollisynth you can post your sound-waves to your timeline as Presets. Your Facebook friends will be able to see and try out these Presets with their own Pollisynth and listen to your imagery. You can also re-download Presets you have uploaded and use Facebook as a Pollisynth sound bank online. For those who have reservations about Facebook, SMS and Email can be used to share images from your photo library that you know to generate worthy sounds. This works because the sounds are not random but entirely derived from the image, so rescanning an image will always result in the same sound so long as it hasn’t been manipulated. Your photo library will always serve as your offline sound bank.

The Pollisynth app IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

2010
08/23
Granular Synthesis For iPad – Scratch Effect
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Curtis iPad Synth

The first granular synthesizer for the iPhone comes to the iPad.

Granular synthesis works by combining many tiny grains of sound from an existing recording, creating new sounds with the texture of the original, now with endless temporal possibilities. Play the sound forward, backward, or even at a single point.

Unlike scratching a record, pitch doesn’t depend on how quickly you move through the recording. Try with spoken word, singing, synths. Mangle your recordings or create soft, gentle textures!

This release allows you to record audio with your iPad or add your own WAV files via iTunes. No more in-app server setup; just drag-and-drop.

Curtis is available for $9.99

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