muon by MachineCodex Software (iPad)
Released: Oct 14, 2011
Version: 1.1
Size: 3 MB
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Ranking - Music (iPad)


MachineCodex Software
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Muon is music + visualization for iPad. Immerse yourself in a living lightshow which evolves in response to your touch and pulses with the beat of your music.

Muon generates endlessly-varying organic animations that range from the seething chaos of a supernova through to intricate symmetric writhing string forms, seamlessly morphing from one exotic conformation to the next in the blink of an eye.

When left alone, Muon's Evolution Engine ensures that your iPad screen is filled with fascinating, ever-changing animations. If a form evolves that you don't like, a single tap or shake generates a new mutant universe. When a form evolves that you do like, it's DNA-blueprint can be instantly captured to a preset to allow re-incarnation at any time.

For those that like to tinker, Muon includes an intuitive control-surface editor that makes customising simulation parameters quick and easy, while switch-bay patch-panels allow the operator to customise how the visualizer mutates and responds to touch and audio stimuli.

Muon also makes it a snap to capture still images of the visualization, and provides options to save captured stills to the Camera roll to use as home or lock-screen images, or instantly share online via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or email.

For music playback, Muon includes a fully-featured integrated music player that provides all the playback and transport control features you need, with direct access to your iPod music library songs, playlists and album art for maximum convenience.

Hot-swap external display support lets you hook your iPad to a projector for an instant VJ experience, while iPad 2 users with iOS 5 and an AppleTV can display HD-quality video output wirelessly over wi-fi. Dedicated dual-display support means that all of the user-controls remain usable on the iPad screen while the visualization is running on an external display.

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What's new in version 1.1
- Improved visualizer response for 'quieter' musical genres and songs; classical music & opera, songs with extended intro's, low-mastered tracks all produce much more interesting visual forms and reactions.

- Microphone / Line-In can now be set as the audio-source

- Improved Editor functionality:

* Audio-reaction remains enabled when entering Mutant Lab, making it usable as a 'live' editor
* New Editor toolbar provides access to Audio-Reaction toggle, Mutate, Reset, and Freeze buttons
* Editor parameter targets labels are colour-coded to indicate if the parameters are audio-reactive
* Parameter labels are now constrained so that they cannot be auto-placed off-screen
* Evolution remains disabled if the user switches from the Editor to the Textures or Mutants (presets) views

- Faster loading of extremely large music collections, greatly reduced memory usage.

- Improvements to built-in Help / Info system, new info guides for each of the Visualizer settings patch-panels.

- Bugfix for crashes that could occur when attempting to browse an empty music library
- Bugfix for crashes that could occur when attempting to browse an extremely large music library
Our verdict: Ok
  • + muon is an ok, 3.5-star app.
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