SpaceCraft is a new granular synth app that describes itself as a ‘musical instrument’. Which isn’t a bad way to start out.
Using SpaceCraft you can effectively transform any sound into a playable musical instrument according to the developer. Of course, what this is about is the use of Granular Synthesis. Where SpaceCraft is being pitched is at users who may shy away from the idea of using a granular synth due to complexity. Instead, SpaceCraft describes itself as being able to ‘create textures, soundscapes and arpeggiated rhythms from everyday sounds such as your voice, ambient noise or the high quality built-in audio samples’.
You can either import audio into SpaceCraft or record it using your device’s mic. If you’re importing then the app supports iCloud, Dropbox, Audioshare.
For some reason though, SpaceCraft only supports up to 2 minutes of recorded audio with the app itself. I don’t know why, nor do I know if there are plans to change that later. Also SpaceCraft supports Inter-App Audio (IAA) although there’s no mention of Audiobus or AUv3 right now.
SpaceCraft costs $2.99 on the app store now: