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MendelSynth

MendelSynth
  • #: 207388
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2010-07-01
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 2.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: K.K. Algorithmic Arts
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2010 K.K. Algorithmic Arts
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Description

MendelSynth is a sound effect synthesizer that creates new, sometimes strange, sometimes surprising effects. It is a fun exploration and discovery tool.

Sounds made by MendelSynth can be saved to audio files and sent by email. Use them as ringtones or as source material for other synthesis software.

MendelSynth is based on a genetic algorithm — sounds are synthesized from simulated genomes. New sounds are made from old by mutating and cross breeding their genomes. In the interface, genomes are represented by movable circular buttons that can be played by tapping on them. Double tapping on a button creates six new mutated child sounds arranged around the parent. Dragging one button on top of another creates five new children that inherit features from both parents.

Child sounds are often not very interesting (or worse!), but with patience you can achieve pleasing effects. One strategy is to select the children with the most desirable features, then create children from those and repeat the process until you find something you like.

Features:

• A library of 250 seed sounds.

• Save synthesized audio to a file and send by email.

• Mutation rate and parameter variability controls.

• Individual volume, pitch and tempo controls for each genome.

• A "gene pool" where favorite genomes can be saved and retrieved.

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Rated 2/5 based on 2 customer reviews.

 

2/5 stars

Not for me

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Deleted it after a day. Fun but not worth the asking price IMHO. I would actually like to request a refund. .99 ok fine i'll TOFTT but $3!! No way

3/5 stars

Very fun way to make SFX

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I'm really enjoying this app. I've been into sound synthesis since the eighties and have used many methods to design sounds. This one has the simplicity and appeal of an addictive game. I left off one star because I never come out of the gate with five unless the app is already extraordinary. I left off another because I think there is plenty of room to improve this app. Sound quality, a bit more control for those who want it etc. I nearly left off a third star for what appears to be a bug (maybe?). I went to email myself an audio file and only got a silent file. Tried it twice with the same results. I won't go below three stars though because this app holds a great deal of promise and I want to support it's development. Well that's it. Thanks for several hours of fun so far. I look forward to updates upon which to bestow additional stars. :)

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