Sketch Synth 3D Lite by Shape of Sound Limited (iPad)
Released: Apr 24, 2012
Version: 1.3.1
Size: N/A
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Sketch Synth 3D Lite

Shape of Sound Limited
Sketch Synth 3D is a 3D workstation for drawing music and visualisation, the visualisation and synthesiser are tightly integrated to ensure that they are controlled by the same drawings and exhibit a psychedelic effect. You can use it straight away with it's samples based synth engine that lets you draw soundscapes. You can draw sounds in 3D using a range of mechanisms, whether that be with your touchpad, mouse, ADSR envelope & iPad accelerometers. An additional orbital guitar like module takes you away from only being able to do pad like sounds; but also use it for doing precise notes and detune it into chords, or use it as a step modulator for other FX. Once you've created your initial pattern then you can look at creating a song using up to 16 different patterns and 4 colour coded output channels.

The internal synth is samples based, and in the Lite version you can choose your own samples; but cannot import your own or customise the FX you apply to them. This significantly simplifies the interface and makes this version ideal for getting to know the non Lite version. A deliberate back door is left in the app whereby a person with a full version on Sketch Synth 3D can supply you with a save file with their instrument setup; as it stands the channels are setup as pad, drum, bass, treble; but this can be changed by loading additional save files.

The Lite version has plenty of features to keep you going and will allow you to explore the entire drawing interface (apart from the pattern selector); when you do come to upgrade then there are two options for you:

(a) Sketch Sound 3D - adds recording, load custom samples as instruments so you can remix tracks, Audio Copy & Paste to import/export samples, Patterns available so you can build up a whole song (16 patterns) rather than just one sketch, all 20 FX parameters assignable to different axis & manual FX parameter tuning via sliders also, mute/solo, metronome, file manager.

(b) Sketch Synth 3D - has everything that Sketch Sound has; but also adds Pro features like Midi & OSC so that you can communicate with external synthesisers and visualisation kit for the full blown visual audio crossover experience. Using OSC you can also hook up external controllers and remote control other Sketch Synth's.
Our verdict: Good
  • + Sketch Synth 3D Lite is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + The app is free.
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