Sketch Synth FX 1.0.2 has just been released, it adds 4 new sound banks each with their own FX layouts. In the past every FX layout was the same, you moved from left to right through pitch, low pass filter, high pass filter, distortion, chorus, delay and then importantly to a volume / bypass pad.
In the new FX layouts the pitch and bypass pads are always there but there are now new effects like more detailed delay, reverb, bit crusher, hard limiter & compression. Each new pad is now just themed visually with new sounds, but also has new FX layouts as well. For instance once of my favourites is the new Explosives pad, it has 18 different explosive sounds that you can adjust 4 different delay parameters, 4 different reverb parameters and a low pass filter with LFO on in order to turn a single explosive sound into a whole bombing party.
Another of the new pads is called warmer, the previous pads in Sketch Synth FX varied between dark, light and urban, this time it was important to have something a bit warmer and so it contains 18 much warmer samples, and it’s FX allow you to work in detail with the chorus, reverb and compression settings to warm up your sound.
If soft vintage sounds aren’t your thing then there is always Jagged Edge, this pad contains heavy bass and murky sounds that benefit from a tight set of distortion effects. On the menu is compression, followed by hard limiting, followed by a bit crusher then a gated distortion effect, last a little reverb is applied to give a metallic finish. This one is definitely aimed less at fuzzy overdrive and more at metallic sheen, I wanted raspy effects not over the top fuzz.
Lastly there is the toughest of the lot of them to get to grips with, the noise pad, but ultimately the most satisfying. You have 18 different noise types and then a diverse set of effects. Starting with a high pass filter, then gated distortion, reverb, a screaming chorus feedback system and lastly wobble it is possible to create some really quite bizarre sounds with this one from foot steps, to screams, to running water, to explosions… someday I should offer a prize for the most innovative sound to come out of this. Much more taxing than the others but more interesting long term.
All in all this is a major update for Sketch Synth FX, I’m very thankful to all of you who rated it so far, it’s been great seeing some 5* reviews for it:
by Obis11 – Version 1.0.1 – Dec 14, 2012
My favorite from Shape of Sound. Can’t wait to use the updates projected for sometime. Great job.
Sketch synth ★★★★
by Lukerivera – Version 1.0.1 – May 12, 2013
A mon avis,meilleur que sketch synth 2.
Superbe processeur d’effets ★★★★★
by M80M80 – Version 1.0.1 – Feb 10, 2013
Rien à dire, cette app est magnifique. Un peu à la manière de Live FX, un petit cran en dessous en terme de technicité. Ici elle est plus dédiée au Live set ou au jam (amusement). L’input est le mic/mini-jack ou l’Audiocopy L’App est donc productive. Une fois l’input sélectionné, le son passe de gauche à droite dans différentes banques d’effets (flangeur, echo, etc etc.) que l’on contrôle à la manière d’un pad de iKaossilator ou de Live FX. Il manquerait que Audiobus pour en faire un must. ==> To the devs, please implement Audiobus! We really need this option.
I hope you enjoy this update. I’m sorry that I didn’t manage to get audio bus in there, there are difficulties. I use a framework called Unity3D for making these apps and it does not allow itself to be played in the background, it seems to work for a while and then crashes after 30s or so. If anyone has managed to run Unity3D in the background on the iPad then please let me know because there are lots of audio users who want this feature.