If I had to name my three favourite plugin manufacturers, it is very likely that Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) comes along. The software developer from Canada, which is mainly known for excellent physical modelling instruments, has completely convinced me in recent years with innovative synthesizer plugins. Here is especially Chromaphone 2, a synth with which one can design very versatile and unique percussive sounds.
So, of course, I’m even more happier to see that AAS has discovered the iOS market and introduced their first small but nice app today. OBJEQ is based on three different acoustic resonators that musicians can use a as resonant filters. OBJEQ is not a effect but an instrument AUv3 plugin that transforms sounds recorded with your devices (iPhone/iPad) microphone in unique percussive sounds (congas, bongos,…). Each sound can be manipulated further with different parameters.
It remembers me a bit of the concept of the BeepStreet Impaktor drum Synthesizer which allows you to create drum sounds in a similar way. Impaktor is also a drum synthesizer that can be triggered by your microphone and that is based on physical modelling, subtractive synthesis and FM. There is also a model that is based on banded waveguides which are coupled resonators.
Official AAS Description
Who doesn’t like to improvise a beat on a table? AAS Objeq transforms those beats to sound closer to a real percussion instrument. With the help of your device’s microphone and a pair of headphones, you’ll get tones reminiscent of congas, bongos, djembes, or any other resonant thing. AAS Objeq offers beam, drumhead, and plate resonator types which you can customize via pitch, material, decay, and tone controls.
Mix in your original signal and tweak until you hear something you like—slide dots, experiment, and have fun! If you’re addicted to tapping your hands everywhere, Objeq will become your new rhythm companion!
AAS Objeq will also show up as a plug-in in any AUv3 (Audio Unit v3) compatible DAW such as GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, and AudioBus 3.
AAS OBJEQ is now available for $3.99 USD on the Apple App Store
Available here: AAS OBJEQ