Developer Alexander Zolotov has released Virtual ANS – a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS.
The original ANS is a photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin, from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honor of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
Virtual ANS is a full-featured tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. It’s multi-platform, with versions for iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux & Android.
With ANS, you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications. According to Zolotov, “the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it is…for people who are searching for something new”.
Here’s an example of ANS in action on iOS:
Here’s an example of ANS in action:
Here’s a demo of using it for sound to image conversion and vice versa:
- 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, 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; and
- iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import.
See Zolotov’s site for more info.
If you’ve used Virtual ANS, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!