A strange noise-making device.
A collection of blocks of signal processing that document the last few months of my meanderings, wired together to make excessive oddness.
Kinda like an iOS monotron, but with the capacity for great evil.
Made from circuit models. Structurally, there's an antialiased oscillator, feeding a partially temperature-stabilised transistor-ladder VCF (which can be heated), feeding an interesting old pitch-shifter in full-feedback-fun mode.
Plus an LFO for some movement, and AudioBus compatibility.
Sounds vary from early Dr Who to world-ending cataclysms.
There are no presets because what you hear is determined by more than just the positions of the knobs. It's what you turned and when. There's no MIDI input because it would be entirely out of character; once you hear it, you should understand pretty quick.
Audiobus fixes. Support for iOS9.
Ratings and Reviews
Cool, unique, but in need of an update
I see the positive reviews for this quirky little synth/noisemaker, and I totally get it...but I can't call this a 5-star app. AudioBus functionality, for me, supplants the need for a record function or looper, but it's lacking other basic interface elements that make it frustrating to use. The inability to save presets is almost criminal. If you found a setting really cool and unique, you'd be hard-pressed to recreate it (take a screenshot, maybe?). You also need to basically restart the app to get the settings back to default. No menus or options beyond what you see on that single screenshot. Finally, I don't even know of pitched note inputs make sense for some of the sounds that come out of BeepBoop, but Virtual MIDI control would be nice to sidestep the keyboard, which is basically a picture of a keyboard over which you slide your finger to pitch noises up and down.
But negatives aside, the app is small, cheap, and very fun for experimentation. I don't have any problem using the linear knobs and appreciate that they are large enough to use. BeepBoop can make sounds that squeal, hum with warmth, oscillate, and crackle. It's a cool little novelty synth, but one that probably could have some musical uses as well (especially if some of my suggestions are implemented).
Needs a reset button!
While this app is capable of creating some really interesting and nutty sounds, and is really fun to experiment with, it really does need a panic button or a reset button. The synth can very easily become “locked on a sound” where the sound is just playing with you not touching the keyboard. I don’t think this is a bug, but having a panic button to at least, reset the synth back to start in these situations would be nice. I’m not even asking for the ability to save presents as this is just a nice, simple, free, synth that can do cool stuff. But please! Give us a reset button!
Crazy experimental sounds
This app is amazing. Can get insane gritty crushed warping sounds out of it especially if you hold a key down and then fiddle with the delay and feedback knobs. Great noise app
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.