touchscaper by Rob Jackson (iPad)
Released: Aug 26, 2019
Version: 1.1.4
Size: 216 MB
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Ranking - Music (iPad)


Rob Jackson
Touchscaper is an instrument designed for anyone who wants to make music on their iPad simply by touching the screen. You don’t have to be a serious musician to enjoy touchscaper, but if you are, touchscaper is highly configureable under the hood.

Main features:

• Multi-touch based interface with “radar”, “ribbon” and keyboard surfaces
• Touch the screen to play a note, move your fingers to change the sound
• Semi-generative engine selects the “good notes” for you
• Touch movement can control volume and pan for each individual note
• Total control over chords, keys and scales (fully chromatic)
• Multiple chords can be generated from keys and scales to create “scenes”
• Over 20 built-in sounds can be combined in 2 layers to create “instruments”
• Built-in sounds include samples from moodscaper, pianoscaper, numerous analog synths and guitars
• Comes with preset example scenes and instruments
• Random instrument generator function with one tap of a button
• Hold and orbit modes for hands-free evolving soundscapes
• Ribbon style keyboard with touch vibrato
• Chord looper with Ableton Link support
• Supports file sharing for scenes and instruments
• Master effects section with twin delays and reverb
• Supports IAA (Inter-App Audio) as a generator
• Comes with detailed user guide in PDF format

PLEASE NOTE that touchscaper currently does NOT have MIDI or AUv3 support, although these are both planned for future updates.

There are several demo videos in circulation which should give you a better idea of what touchscaper can do - just search for “touchscaper”.

For more information and a downloadable user guide, please visit

What's new in version 1.1.4
• new ribbon style keyboard option with touch vibrato
• possible to assign a 2nd "lead" instrument to the ribbon keyboard
• new info panel shows current scene and instruments (can be switched off in settings)
• option to disable orbit animation (saves CPU for older iPads)
• 16 chord limit removed in looper (arrangement editor coming soon...)
• bright mode is now the default mode for fresh installs
• various other fixes and enhancements

Hope you're enjoying touchscaper, and don't forget to give the app a rating and a review if you can spare the time. Much appreciated, -Rob
Our verdict: Good
  • + touchscaper is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + touchscaper is currently ranked #230 in paid Music apps for iPad.
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