We haven’t heard a lot from Greg Wieber, the original creator of PolyChord for some time, but now he’s brought us a new app called Meance. Personally I was a big fan of Polychord, but this seems to be a significant departure from what he was doing there.
Menace is an experimental synth oddity with a somewhat stark looking design. According to the app’s description:
“From the moment it’s triggered Menace goes off the rails – detuning and going out of phase as you slide your finger over the touch area. A single touch controls thirty voices – drag left and right to change their pitch; drag down to increase the chaos.”
- 30 Saw or Square oscillators
- Chaos control
- Attack / Release envelope control
- Ladder and Acid filter with Cutoff / Resonance control
- Hectic live waveform visualizer
- Freeform or quantized note input mode
- MIDI input
What’s most interesting about this little iOS synth is that its’ built on the AudioKit framework. We’re starting to see quite a lot of new things built there, and it shows just how versatile a framework it is.
Menace is on the app store and costs $4.99