Factsheet

Developer:
mode of expression, LLC
Based in New York, NY

Release date:
1 April, 2017

Platforms:
iPhone/iPad

Website:
expressionpad.com

Regular Price:

USDTBA

Description

expressionPad is about exploring better musical interfaces for a touch surface. As a woodwind player myself, I'm familiar with interfaces that can seem arcane but actually afford amazing facility I've been frustrated at how the touch instruments I've tried seem less playable than even the simplest real-life instrument. Meanwhile, we're all spending hours a day typing away on touch keyboards that are often less than three inches across. So let's see if we can leverage that dexterity for our music. expressionPad isn't just a controller -- it has a basic sampler (SoundFont-based) and synthesizer (a FM additive synth) to play with out-of-the-box in addition to MIDI support. The audio system I built is just complicated enough to make all sorts of bugs, so keep an ear out. The centerpiece of expressionPad is its customizable layout of the "pad". The three core layouts, hexagon, piano, and square-matrix, can be split right-left, tuned to scales including chromatic and pentatonic scales, and

History

mode of expression has built digital musical instruments for almost ten years, including the chart-topping drumming app Ratatap Drums. After updating Ratatap Drums in late 2016 with a new audio engine, I decided to take another crack at building an instrument that makes the most of the touch surface and offers musicians a truly expressive channel for their music.

Features

  • Play your favorite music apps: Connect to Logic and Reason on your laptop. Or use GarageBand, FL Studio, iDS-10 and others on your iOS device.
  • Tune it your way: Tune expressionPad like a guitar, or in fourths, fifths, and other tunings. Layout the keys like a piano, in a matrix, or in hexagons. Make expressionPad your perfect instrument!
  • Built-in sampler: More than a dozen other acoustic instruments ranging from guitar to woodwinds.
  • Flexible additive synthesizer: Offering infinite configurable possibilities, including frequency modulation, LFOs, and effects.
  • Begone, crappy touch pianos: If you can type, you can play more interesting, complicated, and faster melodies and sequences on expressionPad.
  • Unparalleled pitch expression: Slide your fingers and vibrate them for the perfect vibrato.

Videos

Trailer YouTube

expressionPad Demonstration YouTube


Images

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About mode of expression, LLC

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mode of expression is an independent studio that creates creative apps, cutting-edge web experiences, and unique games.

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expressionPad Credits

Charles Deck
Principal, mode of expression, LLC


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