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iOptigan

(79)
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Price
$5.99
Category
Music & Entertainment
Last Update
Oct 31, 2017
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79

Avg rating,
total

⭐4.7

Description

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This is the Optigan for iOS. <br><br>The Optigan, short for Optical Organ, was a chord organ from the early 1970’s. It is remembered today for its unique system of sound reproduction using optical discs. These LP-sized film discs were optically encoded with 57 concentric tracks, which contained loops of musical combos playing chord patterns in different styles. Each disc contained a specific style of music (Bossa Nova, Big Band etc) which the user could control by pressing the chord buttons. Changing the discs was as simple as putting a new record on your turntable. Think of it as the 1971 version of GarageBand.<br><br>Despite this novel technology, the scratchy sound of the Optigan left a lot to be desired.<br><br>The iOptigan we present here truthfully recreates that lo-fi sound.<br><br>25 of the original 40 discs are included, the remaining 15 can be purchased individually or all together in the Complete Pak. <br><br>Specifications and Features:<br>• Disc loading rigth-side-up or upside-down<br>• Spring Reverb (virtual)<br>• Optical Metronome<br>• Audio Demo for each Disc<br>• MIDI in/out<br>• MIDI chord detection <br>• MIDI File Import <br>• Sequencer with Record and Playback<br>• Sharing for songs as Audio and MIDI File<br>• iTunes File Sharing <br>• Inter-App Audio<br>• Smart background audio<br>• Help overlay<br>• Headphone optimised stereo (optional)<br>• Radio Mode for Chord Buttons or Keyboard<br>• Comfortable speed control in semitones or BPM

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Nov 01, 2017

I have spent decades trying to find a working optigan, disks, and support. As any Opti fan knows Pea Hicks and his team are the gurus and even if you get a unit it will need work and at best last a bit before it needs it again. Years ago Pea made a cdrom of sounds available which was pricy but amazing. still, the joy of an optigan is playing it’s ridiculous buttons and switches in real time to “make” the music. It’s the ultimate obscure “cha-cha” box. This app is done RIGHT. It capture all the nuance and features and is well laid out. I have never even heard a working reverb on an Opti- this has it! Haven’t tried the midi support but it appears to be extensive and there is even demo and recording features. You will never find an optigan in this condition let alone with this collection of disks. This app captures and gives you the real deal. After almost 30 years and with two semi working Optis in my living room I am over joyed to see this app. On an emotional and personal note The low price is absurd. Buy it now and pick up the full disk upgrade and support this team that has kept Optigan fever alive for all this time. - DT in Phila, Pa.

Schnauzage
Nov 05, 2017

Oh man, I have been waiting for this. Having been an owner of 2 Optigans and a complete disc set, I have been long waiting for someone to create a comprehensive app or plug in for the legendary Optigan. As anyone who has owned an Opitgan knows, that can be troublesome creatures, sticky switches that work intermittently etc. This app completely delivers the goods. At first I didn't realize that you could incorporate one of my favorite features of the Optigan, in that you can insert the discs in upside down and play the prerecorded tracks backwards. So happy they included this feature on the app! This is a fantastic app that truly delivers the goods! Great job guys!

turboxian
Aug 19, 2018

IOptigan is a great, solid emulation that stands uniquely among all other iPad apps. The clunky elements that’d normally render most apps useless stands as a homage to the original device. The developer has obviously spent a great deal of time and head scratching figuring out how to create this digital beast w an analog heart + the price is right. Virtual midi however would be an amazing inclusion thus allowing its capability’s to grow by playing w it’s other pad friends. With vm I feel would enable the dev to charge a few bux (most of us use it allot). The general workings of the unit are greatly intuitive ever in future versions I’d love to see more info/help as far as its midi function. Otherwise this buggaz as as sweet as a tang, pixie stick powder and zotz induced diabetic coma. Hmmm scratch the diabetic coma part.

dysamoria
Apr 30, 2020

Update: There’s also audio level clipping, and since there’s no level control in the app, there’s nothing for the user to do about it. It gets worse when slowing the playback, using multiple keys (of course, because then it’s multiple samples), and adding reverb on the scaled notes. The scaled note keyboard playing bug I reported below seems not to happen on the iPad Pro 12.9”. One more star removed, now that I’ve found the audio level problem. Sigh. Original review: I just started playing with this app and quickly found that the bottom row of controls doesn’t respond correctly. The buttons & keys will animate with touches near the bottom of the screen but the sounds aren't triggered unless the finger is moved up farther, which might be too far to trigger the controls (note: I’m using an iPhone 6s, rotated such that the lightning port is to the right, with iOS 12.x). That’s pretty weird. Does that mean the developer has separate touch zones for audio triggers and for control animations? This results in a music app that’s not very playable. Luckily it was free when I “bought” it; this kind of usability flaw in an app I’ve actually spent money on would result in a much worse rating.

SlowlyIturn
Aug 24, 2018

I vaguely remember hearing about these devices a hundred years ago, but never saw one in real life. This app is brilliant, and more fun than can be believed. It's 100% cheesy, but after five minutes to figure out what the hell is going on, anybody can make delightful music in a host of different styles. It comes with 25, "disks," of different styles, with another 15 available for IAP, either individually or all at once. The whole thing is a huge bargain, and the developer is a genius. Be the life of any/every party!

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About iOptigan

Developed by Stefan Stenzel.

iOptigan is ranking in   Music & Entertainment

Last update was at Oct 31, 2017and the current version is 1.0.

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iOptigan have a 79a user reviews.

iOptigan was released in the App Store. It is developed by Stefan Stenzel, who have also released the following apps.

iOptigan has 79 user reviews.​

iOptigan has an average rating of 4.7. ​The latest version of iOptigan 1.0​ ​​was ​released on Oct 31, 2017​.

You can download iOptigan ​here

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