The Sansula belongs to the family of the Kalimba and can be played just as easily. The instrument, with its patented suspended mounting of the resonating block, is an innovation entirely of our own design.
Since its launching in 2001, the Sansula has quickly become a bestseller and found thousands of friends at home and abroad.
The special feature of the Sansula is its unbelievable sound. The oval frame of laminated beechwood is fitted with a membrane which, together with the resonating block, gives an easily-produced and prolonged, soft tone.
---- Now at last a realistic simulation for the iPad is available This enables the user to try out new tunings. For every scale there are many different options to arrange the position of the relevant
tones on the instrument. With the APP the tones can thus be arranged in such a way that smooth playing with both thumbs is facilitated.
- fixes iOS 8 bug
- improved and overhauled design
Ratings and Reviews
Not bad, though perhaps a little pricey compared to other musical instrument apps of similar functionality. Apparently released by a German firm that makes real kalimbas. The ability to come up with one's own tunings is a nice touch. A potential future enhancement would be to allow the user to adjust the size, position, and number of tines for a real custom fit.
Wonderful capture of an actual instrument
The real Sansula made by Hokema is a marvelous instrument and this app really captures its spirit and its sound. You can select from different preset turnings or create your own tuning within the limitations of the length of the tines - just like with the real thing. The sound on the iPad Pro is superb and on the iPhone 5s it is almost as good. The physical Sansula has a more pronounced wha wha capability and that could be improved in the app to react a little better, say when the device is shaken.
One of the great hidden uses of this app is to tune it to match a hand pan or a tongue drum and then use it to devise new melody lines to take back to the drum. It also provides a nice high treble when played in combination with the hand pan, etc.
Combine this with Looper and other audio programs adds depth and exotic layers to compositions.
If you play Kalimba or marimba you will love this app.
This is a fun app, but...
But, unfortunately, it only works when your pad or phone is connected to wifi. To make that mater even worse, only one of your i devices is allowed to run the app at a time. That is not at all very nice so therefore I can only give it one star. If they removed the wifi restriction I’d give it a five star rating.
Update: I may have misspoken about the wifi. The “doesn’t work” seemed to be related to wifi and more than one device running the app but I was eventually able to get it make sound on two devices. The lack of wifi or multiple usage was just a coincidence? Whatever the reason, sound seems to be sporadic.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.