At first when I heard the news: Moog was about to create an iPad app, frankly I was very skeptic. What would they do? I thought to myself. Still there are really only a few developers really understand iPad and its inner capabilities, but those who nail it, really make something incredible. Moog is among those few who got it right. I know they created this with the musicians in mind, but sound design is all about creativity right? So, animoog is for sound guys too.
This app simply doesn’t let you go. Once you try it, be prepared for long hours of fun and experiment. For starter, it’s really intuitive. When I downloaded the app, didn’t even read a word about the usage, didn’t watched any videos, just launched the app and started to use it. The very first thing is the multitouch experience. And this time it’s not some Apple marketing gimmick. The developers took full advantage of the capabilities of the device. When you’re playing on the keys, multi touch is a must obviously, but this app gives you more. Play on keys vertically with your fingers gives you even further control over the sound.
The x/y pad (screen) occupies a huge portion of the screen. Of course it’s not there for design purposes, but to give the user even greater control over the sound shaping. Without going into more details, as you can see, from the start we have almost limitless tweaking power literally at our fingertips. But make no mistake, this is only the surface.
At the far right side we get some easily accessible controls divided into two columns. The first comprise path, orbit and filter, while the other column has the thick, delay and record controls. Yes, that’s right, the performance can be recorded inside the app. Very handy if you don’t want to loose a sudden creative moment. Probably the more practical workflow is to record things straight into Pro Tools, but that’s not always an option.
Hate to repeat myself, but the truth is there’s even more! We are able to change the scale, edit env/mod, modify timbre and have a setup menu. Syncing, tap tempo and other hidden gems help us to create very special sounds. And when you’ve tweaked the hell out of the sound, you can even save it as a preset. It is obvious that Moog did not want to make just another app, they wanted to show their heritage and give us a really usable creative tool. While I know that this won’t be a real analog monster ever, still it has the potential not only to entertain, but to inspire. And in my opinion it is a viable tool, because the sounds are seriously high quality.
After long hours of playing, creating and experimenting I still feel that it’s only the beginning. I don’t think that you need more proof than that my 5 year-old son drained the iPad’s battery while “creating” his own composition. It was also a lot of fun watching him experimenting as he found many sounds unknown for me before. 🙂 My advice is to go to the appstore and get it while it’s cheap. In the appstore search for animoog. I don’t link it as the store has different links country by country.
To be continued….with sounds, etc.