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  • Virtual ANS

    This is just out today but looks great for soundscapes and ambient.

    Steve
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    http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans/

    Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
    The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.
    You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.
    In 2004, the British experimental group Coil released CoilANS, a boxed set of experimental drone music performed on the ANS.


    While the other similar programs are just fun toys, the Virtual ANS is a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.
    Actually the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it (as well as PixiVisor) is more appropriate for people who are searching for something new, not afraid to experiment with sound.

    Key features:
    • unique Virtual Analog sound engine;
    • unlimited number of pure tone generators;
    • powerful sonogram editor - you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
    • any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
    • MIDI Input (only for Windows, Linux, OSX and iOS);
    • supported file formats: WAV (only uncompressed PCM), PNG, JPEG, GIF, VNS (Virtual ANS 1.x);
    • supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK (iOS and Linux), Audiobus;
    • iOS: iTunes File Sharing;
    • iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import;
    • more functions in the next Virtual ANS updates...

    Download (Virtual ANS v2.0. 20 sep 2013)
    Virtual ANS for iOS is coming soon! (will be available in the next few days)
    Virtual ANS for Android
    Virtual ANS for Windows, Linux and OSX
    If your device is too slow, go to the application settings -> Sound Quality -> and change the Sampling Rate parameter.

    Please make a donation to support further Virtual ANS development. Thank you!
    https://soundcloud.com/steve-raizen
    https://www.facebook.com/FrozenLonesome

  • #2
    Thanks for the heads-up, this looks fascinating. Coincidentally, this is made by the same guy who makes Sunvox, a quite brilliant tracker/DAW which I've just discovered (being a complete noob when it comes to Android devices...:nuts
    My new album is available now, here: https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c.../supersymmetry
    Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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    • #3
      I downloaded this and tried it out on my Mac last night. Wow, it's fun! Beyond that, it has much potential. If you are going to try it, be sure to watch a couple of the videos to catch a little bit about how the interface works. The interface is pretty minimal. If you have used Sunvox, it will look a little familiar.
      If you load a wav file, Virtual ANS creates a spectrogram that you can then edit visually to modify the sound. Image files load and can be visually edited as well. I found the 'eraser' tool handy in losing overbearing frequencies in the sound from some image files.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Thought Experiment View Post
        Thanks for the heads-up, this looks fascinating. Coincidentally, this is made by the same guy who makes Sunvox, a quite brilliant tracker/DAW which I've just discovered (being a complete noob when it comes to Android devices...:nuts
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        I've tried Sunvox on my iPad but I find it a bit daunting so I gave up but have seen some great videos of what folks who know what they are doing and it sounds great.
        https://soundcloud.com/steve-raizen
        https://www.facebook.com/FrozenLonesome

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        • #5
          Some of the example projects are great, pretty much complete ambient tracks!

          This should be a great generator of source material, much easier to, say, draw a sweep than messing about setting up automation etc.
          Latest release: never to be repeated

          Hearthis | Soundcloud

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          • #6
            I've been experimenting with the Android version this week - it's going to come in useful for unusual ambient 'beds'. One thing to be careful of, though - being additive synthesis it's quite easy to end up with blasts of white noise. Which may be just what you want of course but if you don't it's fairly easy to tame those areas by using the erase tool (set opacity to at most 50% so you don't erase everything at once), or you can select the area and apply a 'blur' effect. Of course you can keep things subtle by setting the opacity level quite low to start with, and building layers up gradually.

            And yes GaryG some of those examples (the longer ones particularly) would pass for complete tracks - they're also great to 'reverse-engineer' because it's all visual, so you can actually see what tools and techniques have been used.
            My new album is available now, here: https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c.../supersymmetry
            Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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            • #7
              Available for iOS now:

              https://itunes.apple.com/app/virtual...11384847?mt=8#

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              • #8
                Jus' playin' around with virtualANS and these angelic vox popped out! From a section of Bazille GUI used as jpeg input. (I guess u-he products produce great stuff no matter how you use them...) I also used a chunk of the GUI for iElectribe that I used to have here as my avatar image. I added omly a little reverb and EQ on the Bazille image track, nothing on the iElectribe image track and Satin tape delay on the master output.

                https://soundcloud.com/ho66it/fiddling-with-virtualans

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                • #9
                  That's awesome. This app is on my list for sure. I Look forward hearing more from you using this.
                  https://soundcloud.com/steve-raizen
                  https://www.facebook.com/FrozenLonesome

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Frozen Lonesome View Post
                    That's awesome. This app is on my list for sure. I Look forward hearing more from you using this.
                    Yeah, I'm amazed at the sounds coming out of this. Although as Thought Experiment pointed out, it's very easy to just get way too much white noise. I find that using the 'eraser' tool is almost always a necessity when importing an image. I have not tried the iPad app yet...I've used up my app budget this month getting TC-11 and the new Animoog sound sets...

                    I saw a thread on KVR that discussed importing images into the iOS version and the consensus there was that iTunes import was the only way for now, even though the advertisements mention WiFi import/export. If you try it let us know!

                    Edit: Here's the link to KVR virtual ANS thread:

                    http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5510301
                    Last edited by windspace; 10-04-2013, 12:28 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Over on the Virtual ANS forum (http://www.warmplace.ru/forum/viewforum.php?f=18) there's a link to a really interesting article by createdigitalmusic.com - it's well worth a look, here's the link: http://createdigitalmusic.com/2013/1...ks-links-vids/
                      My new album is available now, here: https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c.../supersymmetry
                      Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for that, TE..it certainly makes interesting reading! :thumbsup:

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