SpringSound For iOS Updated With Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression

anchorage-synthesizerDeveloper Christophe Duquesne has released version 2 of SpringSound – a physical-modeling audio synthesizer.

Version 2 adds support for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and more.

MPE support means that you can use modern MIDI controllers that allow for continuous control over the expression (pitch bend, volume, timbre, etc) of each individual note that you play. 

SpringSound produces sounds by simulating interactions and vibrations of a set of activators and masses connected to springs. The model offers detailed control of an array of features including: gravity, bouncing, fluid and static friction, mechanical limits, non-linear functions, and more.

Here’s what’s new in SpringSound 2.0:

  • MIDI MPE compliant (compatible with Haken Continuum, ROLI Seaboard, Linnstrument, Madrona Labs Soundplane, etc.)
  • IOS9 update
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus compatibility
  • Bug fixes

SpringSound is available for US $2.99 in the App Store.

7 thoughts on “SpringSound For iOS Updated With Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression

  1. This is an odd-yet-wonderful synth for iOS. It is capable of a wild range of sounds, and is very enjoyable to work with.

    With this update, I was hoping to see a few enhancements in the engine– mostly more activator types. I’d like to get more bowed, blown and other types of attacks and sustains. [EDIT: I just noticed that “Audio In” is in the list of activators. That’s pretty cool. I don’t know how I missed/forgot that!]

    MPE compliance seems cool. I wonder if that will do anything special for a keyboard with poly AT.

    1. enjoyable to work with? I had a hard time with the parameters. But if you say so, I should spend more time with it. Thanks.

      1. No, you’re right. Editing and parameter control is very mysterious- making it very difficult to make patches from scratch! When I said I enjoyed working with it, I just find it so refreshing to hear something besides subtractive synthesis. Some very pleasant surprises can happen as well. But yea, editing is difficult and can be frustrating. I can’t say I’ve mastered it– far from it.

        1. Subtractive synthesis is a great combo of great sound and compehendability.

          But it’s great to see very affordable options for exploring other types of synthesis, because they expand your sound opportunities so much.

  2. Great news to hear. MPE is also absolutely essential for playing these instruments microtonally, given the lack of uptake of the MTS standard. No problem, MPE allows total and complete microtonal control.

    This greatly enhances the accessibility of this instrument to artists in cultures and nations outside of western europe, which is a good thing and no doubt will expand their marketshare dramatically.

    1. I don’t have an MPE controller, but I heard the Seaboard can only do quartertones? Total and complete microtonal control seems only possible with a Continuum or maybe a Linnstrument?

      This Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) thing surely takes some time. Myself I’m already happy with those affordable keyboards with polyphonic aftertouch (pressure)..

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