Effects Inspiration: 6 iOS effect processors
Like wild, complex effects but fed up of the strain on your CPU? You could use hardware or a UAD-style DSP system, but what about using a mobile device as an external effects processor? Here are some great apps…
Sugar Bytes Turnado, £19.99
Over the past few years, Sugar Bytes steadily ported many of their acclaimed effects and synths to iOS. Turnado is a powerful multi- effects app which bundles a lot of audio mangling power into a simple GUI which makes smart use of macro controls for easy real-time manipulation. Great for adding rhythmic glitches to incoming audio.
Moog Filtatron, £1.99
Filtatron bring Moogerfooger-style effects processing to the mobile realm. This is one of Moog’s older apps, but still popular. It combines a convincing filteremulation with delay, modulation tools, a sampler and a simple oscillator section. There’s a performance window with a couple of assignable XY pads too, great for tactile effects manipulation.
Audio Damage Rough Rider 2, Free
On desktop, Audio Damage’s freebie vintage-style compressor Rough Rider has proved hugely popular, and now you can grab it as a free DL for iOS too. Rough Rider is an easy-to-use effect with a simple interface. It’s at its best providing pumping compression over beats and drum busses. Add it to your phone or iPad if you want some easy external bus processing!
Sugar Bytes Effectrix, £19.99
Another iOS port from Sugar Bytes. Again, Effectrix is a multi-effects engine; the USP here, however, comes from its sequencer, which lets users program a whole host of creative effects across a piano roll-style grid. Loop, stretch and reverse functions are great for mangling chunks of audio.
Audio Damage Grind Distortion, £4.99
Audio Damage’s iOS followup to Rough Rider. Again, Grind is a port of a desktop plugin – Destructive Grind. The effects here are all about adding grit. We get basic distortion and saturation, plus an excellent wavetable mode, which uses the incoming signal to modulate one of 15 wavetables for some really great creative weirdness.