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Blog . Improvox
Ready to become the next Synthesized artist of your time? If you have an iPad, that is now possible! Please note before you go out and buy this app, it requires you to use headphones to prevent a buildup of sound effects and real sounds. Improvox is an application that distorts the sound waves to create interesting effects. It has an array of effects, most of which sound like you are singing down a very long tube or cave. The other effects mostly sound as if you were singing through a running fan or have completely digitized your voice. However, some of the cooler effects of this app is the ability to figure out the note, or pitch, of a song by singing the note to it before you start. After that, it autotunes the song based on the style of the song and also the mood, described to you by a smiley or sad face near the lower right of the screen. Another cool option that the user has is the ability to change how much the synthesizer has control over the pitch of the notes you sing, the retuning speed (how fast the synthesizer fixes your notes), and the microphone gain in the control panel. You can also 'remix' songs that have been laying around in your songs library, but you can only 'dub' over them. Also, a warning to those people who want to remix their favorite song. If you try to delete the song, Improvox has a tendency to crash. This is also the place where you can share your achievements in improvox either by email or soundcloud. This is one of the most trippy and cool applications I have ever had the pleasure of sharing with my blogging audience. The interface takes a little getting use to, so you have to play around with it and read the info bar in order to understand how this application truly works. I wish that I could show you how this application works with some of the sounds that I created, but the long waiting times for exporting sounds and then remaking them for youtube purposes would take far too long for even me to justify. For now, until I can find a few minutes to share the music I remade, I have included a couple of good examples of the things you can achieve with Improvox. Amazing Grace, a singing example My Funny Valentine, another singing example A beatboxing example! 4 out of 5. For being creative, intuitive, and fun. Unfortunately, sharing your masterpiece is a little more difficult than it seems. The time it took exporting files from Improvox was impossibly long, and I spent more time waiting for the files to share than I did creating the sound. If there was a way to share your sounds without using the slow internet speeds, this application would be much more efficient. Also, this app would receive a higher rating from me if it didn't crash so often. Improvox in iTunes - $3.99