GeoShred Version 2, an exciting update to the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad, now with MIDI/MPE support. GeoShred, Winner of a 2017 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award as “one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months”, has been enhanced with unprecedented MIDI/MPE I/O control, new effects, and additional model control parameters.
GeoShred is highly expressive when controlling, and being controlled by, instruments that use the upcoming “MPE” MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It’s both a powerful synth and a formidable iPad based MIDI/MPE controller!
GeoShred is an expressive musical instrument with a multi-touch performance surface, coupled with an advanced physical model of a guitar. A fusion of Wizdom Music’s Geo Synthesizer user interface (Jordan Rudess), and moForte’s powerful, modeled guitar and effects chain based on the next generation Physical Modeling research of Dr. Julius O. Smith III of Stanford/CCRMA.
With GeoShred’s physical modeling synthesis, you can achieve realistic guitar sounds that bend, stretch and manipulate the sound into endless possibilities. You can explore, edit and control the physics of a guitar model – including solid or hollow body, nylon or metal strings, pick position, harmonics and more.
GeoShred is NOT just another app. GeoShred is a powerful, musical instrument that offers a performance environment on a multi-touch surface unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
GeoShred Version 2 Features Include:
• A fluidly expressive playing surface coupled with a Physically modeled guitar
• MIDI IN/OUT and MPE support
• MIDI control using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, virtual MIDI and all digital interfaces including the TASCAM iXR and iConnectivity
• MIDI configuration presets
• Customizable control surface that can be mapped to physical MIDI Controls
• Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support.
• Multiple Modeled effects
• Modeled feedback and VCF effects
• Echo, a unique looper and multi-tap echo
• Finger vibrato, slide and fret scraping
• Unique mono mode using intervals of multiple strings.
• Built in Arpeggiator
• Alternative tunings
• Intelligent pitch rounding
• Easily share presets with friends
So this isn't a cheap app ... $25 ... but when it came out a while back I was very intrigued. I've written about the MoForte Guitar app before and it was very promising. It's not a sample playback engine but rather a physically modeled guitar synthesizer which creates the opportunity for a lot of expressive playing techniques that the small sample sets required on iOS devices just can't match. The MoForte app itself never really got developed but maybe this incarnation might set things right.
As I said $25 isn't cheap ( well it is really... ) and I never ended up buying the V1 GeoShred. But Wisdom Music seem to have stepped up and actually improved the original! Most significantly V2 has MIDI in and Out and so I'm in. Pretty sure either Santa or the Baby Jesus will leave me an iTunes Gift Card next week and then the Shred begins!
Review to follow.....