Audulus 3, A New Modular Synthesis App From Subatomic Software

Written by | February 15, 2017 6:53 | No Comments

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I am not a technical person at all, I just know how to use a computer… barely, and Iman told me to write about this new app called Audulus… What is Audulus? There are a lot of chances I will never use it, because, after all, I am not a musician, but this new app may interest a lot of you, and by these I am talking about people who actually make music. The app is available either for iPhone or iPad, and is a winner of the 2017 Electronic Musician Magazine Editor’s Choice Award. Audulus allows you to build synthesizers, design new sounds or process audio, all this with low latency, real-time processing suitable for live performance.

And since I am the last person who can judge an app like this one, I turned to the experts.

Tape Op has a very detailed description of the product that you can read here, if you are into this type of technicality, but overall, the review is extremely positive:

‘It’s pretty amazing to me how powerful this app is and how good it sounds. Compare this to the mainframe computer I used at CCRMA in 1983, or the Synclavier or Fairlight systems of the time, and it’s pretty great to think that this $15 app rivals systems that used to cost more than a car or a down payment on a house.’

I saw $29.99 in my iTunes store, but whatever, it’s pretty cheap. ‘As I mentioned in my intro, Audulus is capable of some pretty amazing music — beautiful music in my opinion,’ continues John Baccigaluppi, the author of the article in Tape Op. ‘I was pretty blown away by Golick’s music and was struck by not only how wide-open the possibilities are within Audulus, but also how visually beautiful it is to see an Audulus composition play on screen. The connecting “wires” change color as signals pass through them, and the visual corollary is all you ever wanted the future to be as you watched TRON or read a William Gibson novel. An analog modular synthesizer seems hopelessly clunky, slow, and overpriced in comparison, feeling like a mid- ’80s Ford, while Audulus is the car of the future running on a hydrogen fuel cell.’

According to the article, Taylor Holliday, the sole owner and programmer of Audulus, is deeply immersed in further development of the app, while remaining very accessible, as he communicates with people on an open forum. ‘I highly recommend Audulus for anyone wanting to dig into sound design and go beyond punching presets,’ concludes Baccigaluppi.

Of course, I have no use of this app but as Synthopia notes, it is ‘more suited towards professional sounds designers, Composers, DJ’s or experienced musicians looking to delve deep into the core of sound creation. And for these adventurous souls the payoff will be immense, resulting in the genesis of truly unique soundscapes.’

Musicappblog, which also gives a very in-depth review here, concludes with this:

‘The best specialist tools do, generally, come at a price; high development costs and low unit numbers mean this is an almost inevitable situation if the business building said tools is to survive and prosper in order to build them even better next time around. In that context, for the target audience, I think Audulus 3 offers amazing value for money.’

Audulus 3 is available for Mac and iOS; and a Windows version is also planned.

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