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What is Sound Warp for?

A little while back the makers of Looptastic brought out this little at app as a technology preview for their Granular Antigravity Engine! I noticed it on my iPhone yesterday as I was thinking about what to clear out and what to keep, and it made me wonder what it is that they are going to use this technology for, and when? Any thoughts?

Sound Warp at the app store
Sound Warp

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Raph said...

I bet on a time-strech / pitch-shift engine integrated on something like a mini ableton live.

gsquare said...

i like spending time with this app. somebody should merge this with loopy app -with metronoming ability like Ableton.

Anonymous said...

I really hope that they'll add a few features to Sound Warp itself. The empty space in the UI and the price increase to 1,99 seem to suggest this will happen.

ashley said...

I hadn't noticed the price going up from free. That's interesting because it was originally billed as a technology preview, perhaps they do have bigger plans for it then.

David Battino said...

Yes, the 1.0 release, as we mention in the App Store profile, is a technology preview designed to showcase our new Granular Antigravity Engine and gather ideas from our customers on where to take the app next. We used that approach with our Looptastic app, adding significant new capabilities via free updates.

In the case of Sound Warp, the interface and sound were so exotic that we purposely released the 1.0 version with a small, approachable set of features and a low price (free for a few days, now $1.99). You can be assured that we'll follow our track record with Looptastic and add more free features in response to what customers want. I'm playing with the beta of the next version now.

One of the chief uses of Sound Warp is creating textures for movie scores and ambient music. It's also a quick way to create ear-catching sound effects. Educators can even use it like an aural microscope to peer inside sounds with their students.

Incidentally, the fanciful name Granular Antigravity Engine refers to the way we've mapped the iPhone's orientation sensor to control granular-synthesis processing of pitch and time, but we also hope it encourages people to think beyond traditional boundaries when exploring sound.

The Granular Antigravity Engine also powers the new Bravo Gustavo app we did in partnership with Hello Design and the LA Philharmonic. That should give a sense of the possibilities.

David Battino
Sound Trends Consultant