|Synthesizers||Samplers/Controllers||Music Analysis||Drum Apps|
|Geospatial||Photo/Video||Science Apps||OSX Apps|
Mandala Music HD for iPad
Originally inspired by the Hang drum, Mandala Music is a new kind of musical instrument for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The instrument consists of eight keypads arranged in a circle or mandala around a central pad (corresponding to the "ding" on a Hang drum). Tapping on a keypad produces a tone. Tapping multiple keypads produces multiple tones.
Where a Hang drum is tuned to one and only one scale when it is made, any of the thirty-three preset musical scales used in first-generation Hang drums can be mapped to the mandala, as well as up to eight scales that you can create and save. The lowest note is in the center, followed in increasing pitch from the top, alternating back and forth, down to the bottom.
Compared to a square grouping of control pads, or even a keyboard on smaller devices like an iPhone or iPod, the circular arrangement is much easier to play. In fact by mapping a scale to the control pads there are, in effect, no wrong notes. A 2-oscillator FM synthesizer provides a wide range of sounds and effects, from soothing to bizarre.
This document describes the iPad version of the app. The iPhone/iPod version differs in functionality from the iPad version and is described elsewhere.
The top control bar selects four control views.
Scale selects the pattern of musical notes assigned to the pads of the mandala. There are 33 scales you can choose from:
Timbre changes the quality of the sound produced when you tap a pad. There are 16 preset sounds and 12 user-defined sounds. Use the "<" and ">" buttons to change the sound. "Use "COPY" and "PASTE" to copy/paste sounds between locations. Additionally, you must tap "CUT" and "PASTE" to automatically save any changes made to user-defined settings. Preset sounds are write protected.
The following controls change the timbre of the sound produced by the app:
Each track has its own timbre which is automatically saved when the app is closed.
Rhythm controls affect how a sequence of notes (loop) is stored and played back. A loop can have 1-128 beats/measure with any of the predefined tempos (beats/minute or BPM). All loops have the same BPM but can have a different number of beats/measure. Creating loops with different beats/measure produces complex poly-rhythmic sounds.
When "LOOP" is on, a series of notes will begin to repeat automatically after one measure of silence. The quantizer "cleans up" rhythmic patterns by rounding note values to 16th note triplets (6), 16th notes (4), triplets (3), eighth notes (2), and quarter notes (1).
Each track can have its own timbre and rhythm. The track control bar choose one of four tracks (current track). Timbre and rhythm controls affect the current track. The sliders below the track bar control the volume of the track when it is played back. The switches turn tracks on/off (mute).
The reverb sliders change the delay and depth of the reverb effect, which produces the illusion of space.
SOUNDSound controls let you record, save, and share mandala music. Tap "RECORD" to record your music. Audio files are stored in .caf format. (The recorder does a short fade-in/fade-out.)
"LISTEN" plays back previous recordings. Although you can play along with previously recorded music that is being played back you cannot add "sound on sound".
Tap "SHARE" to email a caf file. Recordings may also be downloaded to your computer via iTunes file sharing.