NAKANISYNTH: An Intuitive Freehand Drawing Waveform Synthesiser Application for iOS Devices

Nakanishi, Kyosuke and Haimes, Paul and Baba, Tetsuaki and Kushiyama, Kumiko

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

NAKANISYNTH is a synthesiser application available on iOS devices that provides a simple and intuitive interface, allowing users to produce sound loops by freehand drawing sound waves and envelope curves. The interface provides a simple way of interacting: the only input required involves drawing two waveforms, meaning that users can easily produce various sounds intuitively without the need for complex manipulation. The application’s interface comprises of an interchangeable ribbon and keyboard feature, plus two panels where users can edit waveforms, allowing users to make sounds. This simple approach to the interface means that it is easy for users to understand the relationship between a waveform and the sound that it produces.