Look for Wind Chimes in the App store! Available now in the Music Section!
Wind Chimes spring update -
iPad blossoms with the sound
of synthetic bars.
"Rest," the breezes say,
"Set your being to chime time."
Soft! —The iPhone sways.
The iPhone Wind Chimes app soothes with tinkling tones and visual vibes. Shake it, suspend it, or set it on automatic. Choose from several sounds, images, and backgrounds. Mix and match or use presets. No wind? No problem!
Spider: A photo of a spider, which crawls up an invisible string.
Mobile: Abstract Miro/Calder like shapes, moving in fast spirals.
Blue Tube: Like the copper tube, but blue.
Chime Audio synthesis parameters:, selected by the following sliders:
Attack, which ranges from 0 to 10, controls the rate that the sound approaches its peak loudness. 0 is the fastest, 10 the slowest. Setting this to a higher number make for a less sudden chime sound, which is sometimes desirable.
Decay, which ranges from 0 to 6, controls the rate that the sound decays from its peak loudness. 0 is the fastest, 6 the slowest. The settings near 0 make for some very nice short "raindrop" effects when paired with a fast attack setting. The length of the decay is considerable near the upper end of the scale.
Pitch, which ranges from A2 to A5, controls the basic pitch of the chimes, which transposes the tunings available. It's good to find a suitable timbre to enhance the pitch quality, since the speakers in an iPhone are none too good, and not very loud at low frequencies. Headphones are also a good choice.
Timbre, which ranges from 1 to 7, chooses between a related set of chime timbres, the simplest being 0, the most harmonically complex being 7. The more complex tones are more useful with low pitched chimes.
Auto Rate, which ranges from 0 to 100, controls the rate that lets the Wind Chimes play themselves. 0 turns this feature off.
Each control is accompanied by a sample of what that tone sounds like. Chime and Tuning selections play each chime bar.
Also, how can I mention wind chimes without mentioning Woodstock Chimes? - world renowned makers of Wind Chimes and other instruments, based in nearby (to me anyway) Shokan, NY.
Thanks to Nancy Graham for aesthetic advice and good taste,
and Thanks to Ben Lowengard for the loan of the iMac
• Questions? Write to chimes "at" jhhl.net, or go to the contact page
• Read about my iPhone development in this blog