SoundBow is a drawing based music instrument with a clean and simple visual interface. You can create music by drawing curves over the screen with lines and gestural movements. Apart from drawing, you can rescale your instrument by moving graphical elements around. Record your own sounds through the microphone and start creating melodies, soundscapes with your own voice. If you wish, you can also export your composition as an audio file.
"Touch-based mobile devices allowed interactive, gesture-based music production to hit the masses. So far, this type of musical creation hasn't exactly taken the world by storm. But SoundBow, a drawing-based musical instrument app, should shake things up a little bit with its clean, minimal visual interface and mesmerizing potential for complex, loop-based music production." - The Creators Project
"Binaura bring their beautiful SoundBow app to iOS at last. It is a gorgeous instrument with huge possibilities for expression and creativity. I think that in many ways these are the kinds of apps that iOS was made for." - Palm Sounds
SoundBow is made with free and open source tools. The interface is built with OpenFrameworks. The sound engine is made with SodaLib, a free Data Sonification Library built on top of libPd (Pure Data).
iOS 11.2 (iPhoneX) compatibility, DSP fixes
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Getting used to it
Has potential, but it would be nice to save arrangements of the strings. I use long draws in between the strings with sound #3. That sound is great, but the percussion is really chafing. Looking forward to working with Audiocopy. All you have to do is name and save it with Audiocopy, though it will show a download/upload option with that app and a lot of others. Will re-review in a month and try it with a few more apps. One redeeming quality is the list of suggested apps to work with, as I have not known of several.
Could benefit from features like tempo/speed adjustment of loops, a click track for better voice recording, the option to import and trim sound files, longer voice recording length, not erasing loops if the app is temporarily switched from, and that's all I can think of for now after messing with it for a bit. Oh yeah, audiobus and ableton link support would be nice too.
That's what this app excels at. If you want a beat machine, look elsewhere. If you want a tool to help generate melodies and rhythms you might not play on your own, you're in luck!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.