Bristol version of the famous ARP-2600 “Blue Meanie” semi-modular synthesizer with 3 Oscillator, filter, 2 Envelopes, noise, ring-mod, electro-switch, signal processing, FX and fully re-routable using patch cables. It works on all my handsets however the load may be pushing the limits. A tablet version of this with modified high res graphics will follow. You have been warned: this is a little over-the-top for a phone but seriously good fun. Integrated sequencing is included for major filter tweaking, output can be recorded to SDcard and to Ringtones, etc.
The app supports X/Y accelerometer for pitch and mod, multitouch and zooming interface facilities. The interface has options analogue style filters and rich oscillators however these will consume extra CPU cycles. The interface has a floating piano keyboard under the zoom setting.
Interface zooming can be done either with the trackball (Nexus/HTC have them) or enable multitouch via the menu then tap the screen with two fingers at the same time – this will zoom the interface in/out. There is also a floating ‘zoom’ button in the corner since gestures are awkward with active interfaces.
Patches are saved on the SD card along with factory sounds, there is an export and import option to exchange patches.
The emulator will, per default, attempt to run with a set of options that will give reasonable quality and the lowest possible latency/lag. The quality of the audio can be tuned with the menu options however the lowest possible latency for pretty much all Android devices is currently 42ms, on my HTC Desire it is 70ms. If you understand what this means then the value might seem quite high but the app is still a lot of fun.
Tested on HTC Desire/2.2, LG Optimus 2x/2.2, SE Xperia Arc/2.3, Emulator hires. The Arp2600 is one of a family of emulators from the same author.
What’s New: v1.3.2
– HiRes skins for tablets.
– Fed up with the reverb? You can finally turn it off, not sure why that fix took so long….
– Defaults into zoom mode.
– Diverse fixes including sequence button state errors.