Granular synthesis on iPhone

Computers & Mobile Music

CDM points out this vid from m~fischer exploring sounds created from varying pieces of a sample –

the strange agency made this great little granular synthesis iphone application called curtis. it’s named for composer, author, granular synth advocate curtis roads. this is just a quick little thing i recorded using a captured bit of sound from a thumb piano. pretty fun little application to play with.

I’ve always found the concept of granular synthesis compelling in theory but a bit unwieldy in practice. Being able to manipulate the sample parameters via touch would likely improve results – just wish Curtis had a way to transfer samples over to desktop audio software.

6 thoughts on “Granular synthesis on iPhone

  1. docpop.myopenid.com says:

    The app is listed as a lite version (on the copyright), so maybe there is more coming? Hopefully it’ll come in an update and not another version… I’d be pissed if I had to pay for the same app twice.

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      I doubt it would be a new version – doesn’t happen too much from my experience

  2. marc says:

    Hey, i made that video! thanks for posting it.
    it’s really a fun application. i have just been sampling little bits of stuff and playing around with it where ever i find interesting sounds. i really hope that they come out with a full featured version… maybe one where you can save your samples or play multiple samples at the same time. like two instances of Curtis playing at the same time.

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