Virtual ANS 3

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About this app

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic musical instrument created by Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. The ANS made it possible to draw music in the form of a spectrogram (sonogram), without live instruments and performers. It was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers in their experimental works. You can also hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.

The simulator extends the capabilities of the original instrument. Now it's a full-featured graphics editor where you can convert sound into an image, load and play pictures, draw microtonal/spectral music and create some unusual deep atmospheric sounds. This app is for everyone who loves experiments and is looking for something new.

Key features:
* unlimited 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 converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
* support for MIDI devices (Android 6+);
* polyphonic synth mode with MIDI mapping;
* supported file formats: WAV (only uncompressed PCM), PNG, JPEG, GIF.
* many new features compared to version 2.3; see the full list:

Homepage, user manual and versions for other systems:

Known solutions for some problems:
Updated on
Apr 12, 2020

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58 reviews
Machine Language
December 12, 2021
Phenomenal app. Vast sound design capabilities. Along with it's ability to translate images into sound, Virtual ANS is a spectral audio editor.
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andrew stanworth
January 16, 2022
Wonderful so far! I haven't had it long, but I've just put it on a drum track of all things & blimey! 😂5 stars. Try drawing that ! ✔🔥
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Richard Corner
December 22, 2021
Good implementation of this type of synthesis, but the UI buttons are a bit cryptic.
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What's new

fixed bugs