MAZES: UNLIMITED USE
One Maze point can be Grid-Synth, Sampler and Rhythm at the same time. By the use of several Mazes, each one can be taken for a certain sound element. The Mazes list allows switching Mazes on/ off immediately.
Every session starts with the first pattern which includes all Mazes on the screen. The way of composing follows the process of cloning and transforming the first pattern, or adding a new pattern to start from scratch.
MAIN FX & RECORDING
The main audio effect controller comes up with a Filter-Echo, Filter-Reverb, Flanger & Reverser.
The Main FX gives easy options for live improvisations, for Pattern transitions or session recordings.
The main synthesizer in Soniface is related to a Grid. Spread across the screen, each line is related to a tone. Grid types differ in the number of tones. In addition, the Grid visualizes certain instruments and effects.
The single point on the screen activates the Grid-Synth and controls the sound and shape of the Grid. The Maze position defines the played tones. Additionally a Maze Interface includes a Sampler and a Rhythm module. For both the Maze position on the screen controls the spatialization.
A simple finger tap on the Maze point in the center will give you access to the Grid-Synth Sound Interface. The controller points work in relation to their arc and radius e.g. Wave for volume & frequency. Each controller can be automated.
COLOR & CHORDS
The Color Interface defines the pitch of Grid-Synth, the Bass Synth and the Granular Harmonizer. A ring around the 24 keynotes is a sequencer.
SAMPLER: EDITOR, LIBRARY & SEQUENCER
The Sampler provides recorded soundscapes and instruments, which can be looped and sliced with the Sequencer. By activating the GridSound function a Sample becomes the base of the Grid-Synth.
SAMPLER: GRANULAR SYNTH
Extending the Sampler module the Granular module lets you generate and model new sounds out of samples. Therefore it’s sliced into small audio grains to organically stretch the sound endlessly.
RHYTHM: SEQUENCING & MODULATION
The Rhythm Interface is for drum loops and bass lines. Different quantization options allow to set various rhythms. The sound modulation offers controllers to create a hybrid sound of drum sample and synth.
RHYTHM: BASS-MODE, SOUND FX & ENVELOPES
By turning on the BassMode button the sequencer switches and bass notes can be placed. The Bass envelopes provide the change of volume, filter and pitch. The effects section provides high- and lowpass, echo, chorus & distortion.
HYPERFACE CONTROLLER: GRID-SYNTH, SAMPLER & RHYTHM
The Hyperface can be used by multitouch for sequencing drum steps, dynamic envelopes, filters curves & audio effects at different sequence speeds.
BLUETOOTH & ABLETON LINK
Soniface supports playback via Bluetooth devices. Ableton Link can be used for synchronization with other music apps.
Developed by Stephan Kloss since 2011, the apps combine music and technology in artistic practice. Following a musical approach that focuses the process of making sound, many enthusiasts pushed the project with feedback. We look forward to the future and more Mazetools!
Stephan Kloss and Jakob Gruhl met in 1999 as HipHop and electronic music enthusiasts. Since 2013 they have been doing independent research on music, art & technology. The Mazetools development is closely connected to music music projects & sound design, generative art, VR development as well as giving workshops.