WaveMapper: Stunning concept, stunning execution Review

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Stunning concept, stunning execution
Another winning idea from the mind of Wolfgang Palm. About a decade ago Steinberg put out a synthesizer designed by Palm called: PLEX, Which featured icons of waveforms or at least small wavelets that you placed over conceptual ideas. This way you were able to use the beginning middle and ending parts of a waveform within the sound of an instrument. Now with wave mapper you are able to extend the idea to many parts of the sound in this case things such as tanning volume LFO and a large host of other synthesis techniques and sounds versus wavelets such as used in PLEX. Another substantial difference is that instead of having these precast to three sample phases you are able to work with so much more, not only of the wavelets but the aforementioned complex mappings of what makes a synthesis structure. They aren't kidding when they mentioned that you need no prior symphysis programming experience, but your inner geek will be delighted if you are a true synthesist. It helps to understand what the wavelets sound like Prior to trying and readily understanding what you are doing in a patch. The good news is you are able to easily listen to what they sound like individually in WaveMappers' 'Root Instrument Mapper' which is essentially a part of the app that allows you to edit existing or your own (what I've been calling 'wavelets') which are added to an attractive grid and populated with squares called 'Synthetic Program' which define the essence of how the program works. Think of it like this. The instrument mapper contains the actual wavelengths and are placed upon the synthetic program which describe what the synth does. In this way you are able to use many small parts of a waveform and populate that waveform all over a place which describes what to do at a specific time and space. It sounds so much harder than it actually is, the best way to get your feet wealth is to simply play with the little icons that represent wavelets, as I call them, and the little board that contains their descriptors. What you get are fantastic moving sounds that can go anywhere from pads and fx to beefy basses and emblematic leads. I especially like WaveMaker because It allows you to sound like you, meaning if you have your own kind of sound you will have no problem being able to replicate it or go far beyond it. This is the type of idea within the synthesis community that programmers will love because it enables them to be able to express themselves just the way that analog synths used to back in the 60s and early 70s. But really it's more. It's in the digital domain and for some that must seem like a terrible thing.... but it isn't. The sounds themselves are very warm when meant to be or as cold as you want them to be. That's the choice that you get and that's why WaveMaker isn't just excellent, but transcends the boundaries of talent-in-concept and raises it to brilliance. I'm not one for hyperbole but with WaveMaker's approach to synthesis it inspires me. It gets me thinking about how sound works, how to reach boundaries and how to surpass them. One of my professors once said (regarding traditional methods of orchestration) that some composers thought in terms of tonality - for discussions sake let's say that means timbre, whilst others thought in form - again, for this discussion sake let's say that would be someone like Bach and his impeccable precision in construction of music form, Get even more composers such as Mahler or more contemporary artists such as Barber had a wonderful capability defining momentous segments in already masterfully written music that added gesture - or, in this discussion's cases, we might equate gesture to a synthesizer/synthesist's ability to create a sound and or way of playing or even producing moments in time that quite literally take the flow of a song and create that indescribable 'feel' but not in the sense of a person's emotions but rather an intangible 'something' not easily described sensation, something like the hook in a commercial song yet far more subtle. Or to borrow from a U.S. Supreme Court Justice asked how to define the what pornography was, to which he replied, "I know it when I see it." to which I paraphrase, I don't hear the difference in WaveMaker and other synths until I can't identify a sound and then think, oh it might be WaveMaker. And not many synths chose that road to travel because it is harder to create something that can do what most synths do and go beyond that by making simple and obvious choices to create musical sounds yet heard. And that brings us back to WaveMaker. The digital synthesizer that sounds like all synthesizers whenever you want them to be. The flavor you have never tasted yet seems instantly familiar. So much of this synthesizer seems to have the character of oxymoron yet is direct as a straight line...if you want it to be. Why does WaveMaker appear to be an oxymoron? To use another non-musical reference while describing WaveMaker's character; Using putty to sculpt organic sound. It sounds like it would be unintuitive to work with yet the interface is clean and simple to operate. In print it might sound very complex to use but in reality workflow is quite simple, yet unique visually as it is aurally. The price is not inexpensive but it is definitely worth its cost.
x_bruce on Feb 7, 2013 for WaveMapper
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Everything but copy/paste and audiobus
The title says it all...I know it will be fixed though. :)
Mic Gee$ on Feb 4, 2013 for WaveMapper
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Hands down the best!
Wavemapper is the best sounding, most efficient, most inspiring, synth created to date for the IPad! Something tells me that we are going to hear patches from this synth on a lot of recordings for years to come. Every moment with this app is a surprising, transcendental mediation in sound synthesis.
Puggyboy on Feb 3, 2013 for WaveMapper
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Part of me wants to hide how cool this is so everyone won't use this. I've only spent .5 hours with this and my mind is blown. Seriously. I'm going Pro today. My own samples with this engine and interface. I can't wait.
Nicknamepissesmeoff on Feb 2, 2013 for WaveMapper
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Thank you, Mr. Palm!
alarmed7781 on Feb 1, 2013 for WaveMapper
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That's about all I have to say, at the moment: OMG.
vimanaboy on Feb 1, 2013 for WaveMapper
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