Developer Alexander Zolotov has released Virtual ANS – a software sim of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS.
The original ANS is a photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin, from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention honoring the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
Virtual ANS is really a full-featured tool which allows you to generate unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. It’s multi-platform, with versions for iOS, Mac pc, Windows, Linux & Android.
With ANS, you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications. Based on Zolotov, “the potential of the system has not been explored yet, so it is…for people who are searching for something new”.
Here’s an example of ANS for on iOS:
Here’s an example of ANS in action:
Here’s a demo of using it for sound to picture conversion and vice versa:
- unique Virtual Analog sound engine;
- limitless number of pure tone generators;
- powerful sonogram editor – you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
- any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be transformed into image (sonogram) and vice versa;
- MIDI Input (only for Windows, Linux, OSX and iOS);
- supported file formats: WAV, PNG, JPEG, GIF, VNS (Virtual ANS 1 . x);
- supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK (iOS and Linux), Audiobus;
- iOS: iTunes Peer to peer; and
- iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import.
Observe Zolotov’s site for more info.
If you’ve used Virtual ANS, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!