Wizdom Music Tachyon Lets You Graphically Morph Between Sounds

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Jordan Rudess posted this sneak preview of an upcoming iPad app from Wizdom Music, Tachyon.

Tachyon is designed to let you graphically morph between two sounds. The iPad surface is used as a multitouch XY interface, where the x-axis controls pitch and the y-axis controls the blend of two different sounds.

Pricing and availability are TBA.

Check out the demo and let us know what you think of Tachyon!

Geo Synthesizer Review

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This video, via Nick at The365AppChallenge, takes a look at Wizdom Music’s new Geo Synthesizer.

Geo Synthesizer is a collaboration between Wizdom Music’s Jordan Rudess,  Kevin Chartier (MorphWiz, SampleWiz) and Rob Fielding (Mugician). Geo Synthesizer is intended to be an ‘expressive musical instrument specifically created for a multitouch surface’.

Some of the more unique features of Geo Synthesizer are microtonal support, ‘snap speed control’ – which allows for accurate pitch control on a continuously pitched instrument and a unique key layout.

If you’ve tried out Geo Synthesizer, let us know what you think of it!

Beethoven’s 5th, As Performed By Jordan Rudess

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Sunday Synth Jam: Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess performs his take on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, using the “brilliantly bizarre” VidRhythm video sampler for iOS.

Note: VidRhythm basically lets you sample video and then uses it to play back from a selection of songs.

SampleWiz Updated With MIDI, Option To Disable Wizard Animation

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Wizdom Music has updated SampleWiz – a sampler for the iPad.

Here’s what’s new in SampleWIz 1.2:

  • MIDI support
  • support for AirTurn pedal to change presets
  • option to deactivate finger vibrato
  • option to disable Wizard animation
  • 12 new presets

Above, Jordan Rudess demonstrates SampleWiz’s shredability, using the Roland Lucina AX-09 shoulder synthesizer (don’t call it a keytar) as a MIDI controller.

If you’re a SampleWiz user, let us know what excites you more – the new MIDI capabilities or the option to disable the Wizard animation!

The Continuum Meets SampleWiz Via MIDI (Or How To Use A $5000 Controller To Play A $10 App)

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Synthesist Richard Lainhart, who’s also Jordan Rudess‘s ‘technical guru’, demonstrates how a controller like the Haken Continuum can be used to control the upcoming version of SampleWiz.

Using the Continuum allows for polyphonic control of Samplewiz along three axes (left to right, forward and back, and pressure).

The video demonstrates the value of building on standards and working on collaboration features in new apps.

Alternately, cynics may view this as a way to use a $5,000 controller to play a $10 app.

Check it out and let us know what you think of the combo!