RISCy is a drag and drop synthesizer puzzle full of sonic perturbation. You live code via the limited instruction set in the lower part of the interface; drag out tokens to the top area to build your synth graph, drag a token back off the top area to remove it. Each token has an aural consequence, and some special tokens also change the nature of the hidden graph connecting active tokens; puzzling out these relationships is part of the fun. You'll be able to make lots of noisy sounds as well as generative sequenced patterns. Press ! to clear the graph and reset; press ? to get a random starting point. Download RISCy if you are open to stranger computer music sounds, and avoid it if you just want diatonic melodies and piano sounds!
updates for larger phone screen sizes, and 64-bit compatibility!
Ratings and Reviews
Had this app a long time now and wanted to say: it's a cool hidden gem I use to get strange synth loops. No audiobus or connectivity that I know of so recording it is a challenge but nonetheless, I do find I keep going back to it, along with all of Nic Collins' notes and writings on diy noise making. Thank you for your brilliance.
Pretty interesting !! i like how different it is
i dont seem to have much control but its pretty cool and free ! Thank you .
Good app, great for the money
I really like Nicholas Collins' apps. I am entirely in favor of his attitude concerning the improvisational nature of them, so I'm not terribly bothered by the lack of saving settings here (still would have appreciated it though).
Two particular complaints: on the iPod Touch, it's close to impossible to read or manipulate the tokens. It generally takes me several tries to pull a token into the field. Also, while again I like the wild and unpredictable quality of the tokens, is it too much to ask for a few words of explanation, a few definitions of the functions? I feel like any results I get are entirely based on accident. I'm more than willing to experiment even when I know what things do.
Still, as they say it's worth all the money. I absolutely see myself using this as part of my arsenal of iPod-based soundmakers.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.