sonicLAB Fundamental iOS v1.5 has been developed by S. Bokesoy, though it feels like something Stockhausen, Xenakis and HAL 9000 might have dreamed up after a bender.
Fundamental is a sound synthesis software tool combining the different roots of electronic music history. Its wave engine is a faithful sonic recreation (in collaboration with Hainbach) of a vintage Rohde&Schwartz vacuum tube oscillator ( having been widely used at WDR by Stockhausen )
Fundamental leaves behind the limitations of the original device by proposing complex modulation possibilities, stochastic distributions addressing the sonic parameters like frequency , gain, stereo panning etc. in continuum, which has not been applicable until now.
Whether you play live electronics, compose for media or just insterested in early electronic music...
The Fundamental software presents you 8 instances of this vintage sine wave generator with all the artifacts and richness of a vintage equipment. That combination is we believe something you should experience.
Some of the features : ( iOS standalone and AUv3 )
- unique polymorphing wavetable synthesis without any compromise in data content and precision.
- 4 dynamic wavetables being rendered for each voice to represent infinitesimal steps of frequency and gain combinations between 1HZ – 3800Hz of the original vacuum tube oscillator.
- 8 simultaneous voices each with custom freq, gain, boost, panning and modulation settings.
- Custom or harmonic frequency distribution of voices with variable spread ratio and tuning table.
- 4 independent stochastic modulations for each voice (32 in total) addressing all parameters with various continuous, discrete distributions and also standard waveforms.
- Full MPE support with various configuration possibilites.
- Independent Attack / Release envelopes for each voice with various modes, AR times can be set to degrees of randomness.
- Vintage oscillator or pure sine wave mode.
Direct Link for manual : https://www.sonic-lab.com/Fundamental/Fundamental_manual.pdf
Recommended iPAD model : A10 processor or higher.
Fundamental preset banks now can hold 24 presets. The bank import/export window handling has been revised to assure thread safety. An MPE dedicated preset bank has been included among the factory banks.
Ratings and Reviews
An Exciting Approach To Synthesis And Sound Design
This is not just a beautiful sounding app, it’s also an interesting way to approach synthesis. Fundamental is an amazing sonic palette that allows you to independently automate the volume of 8 separate sine wave oscillators and route varying intensities of modulation to each. There are separate LFOs to add movement to panning, frequency modulation, gain, and harmonics. There are also considerable tuning options that allow you to tune the oscillators freely, fix their intervals to specific scales, or distribute them along the harmonic series of a particular fundamental frequency.
Each parameter can be assigned to midi CC and you can even control certain parameters with MPE for more expressive performances using an MPE controller.
The result is lush pads and all manner of sonic goodness. Great for ambient composers or anyone looking for a fun tool for sound design.
Hoping for an iOS version for iPhone, but for now will be enjoying this app on my iPad. Thinking of snagging the desktop version as well.
Developer Response ,
Thanks, all sonicLAB products are known for dedicated stochastic modulation augmenting the standard practices and applying the computational power which you will not find on any hardware. I hope you check the PaSSBot and VOLBot as well.
Fundamental is everything I’ve ever wanted.
Nothing beats the beautiful chords and harmonic textures you can create with this instrument. Hainbach took everything great about test equipment and stripped away everything that’s daunting about it. I could listen to a single patch for 7 hours straight, I’m in love.
Developer Response ,
Hi, sorry for the late reply and thank you for the appreciation of the app. It is sonicLAB which has developed this app ( and Hainbach precisely has sampled the sound of the test eqipment ) and you are welcome to check the other sonicLAB software at www.sonic-lab.com. Especially the PaSSBot which has the %90 of the structure of Fundamental. Hence, Fundamental is not the first app coming from sonicLAB :)
I’ve been waiting for the iOS release of this for some time now, and while I’ve enjoyed it so far, I have a couple ideas for ways to improve it. Firstly, the app is a CPU hog. I’ve got it open in AUM on my 5th generation iPad, and if there’s any gain or frequency modulation happening at all within fundamental, my CPU meter in AUM hits 115% quite frequently, complete with audible clicks and dropouts. This is pretty annoying to deal with, because I want to use this in conjunction with other apps to create complete pieces of music within AUM. Secondly, the controls are quite small to use with my finger on the iPad. Perhaps there’s a way to rework the iOS layout a bit more to provide a more pleasant experience for finger twiddles?
It sounds lovely when it’s working right!
Developer Response ,
Your remarks are not true. To let you know, you can always ask for a refund to the AppStore.
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