Polychord 2 For iPad Now Available

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Developer Shoulda Wouda Coulda has released version 2.0 of Polychord, a musical instrument for the iPad.

Here's what's new:

  • record and share songs with SoundCloud
  • sleek new UI made in collaboration with Jonas Eriksson 
  • palettes, so you can save your settings
  • palette f-keys, for fast switching between palettes
  • Sine, Sawtooth, Triangle and Square Waves for each instrument. (We used an 'analogue simulation' technique for generating the synthesizer waves, which warms them up a bit.)
  • Bitshift features for drums: full control over the reduction of bits / bitrate, allowing you to completely decimate the sound or just add a touch of noise.
  • Basic low-pass filtering, resonance for each instrument
  • Tremolo Depth controls
  • Scale mode for the strum keys: rather than the strum keys playing the notes of the current chord, you can set them to numerous other scales. 
  • Arpeggiator based on time-signatures. Full control over the speed and count of the arpeggiator -allows you to mix a different time signature over the beat. Arpeggiator now has all of the same synth controls as the other instruments.
  • The UI now highlights the last chord you pressed, rather than always highlighting the root-note.
  • Octave control for every instrument
  • Precise BPM control, with text input
  • A global on/off switch for Auto Accompany
  • File manager for renaming/deleting/loading palettes, songs, etc
  • pitch bending on strum keys (sends out MIDI too)
  • skins panel lets you switch back to the classic color scheme

The video, above, captures some 'shredding' with a prerelease copy of Polychord 2. 

Pricing and Availability

Polychord 2 is available now in the App Store for US $9.99.


James Lewin
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