Getting to the point straightaway: MikroWave is in essence a "groovebox", a self-contained instrument where multiple sound sources (synthesizers and a single drum machine) are controlled by a sequencer with parameter and effects controls, to allow a musician to rapidly construct and control a pattern-based musical sequence.
If this description boggles you, having a look at the video demonstration should clear things up.
Well suited for quickly sketching out your musical ideas when on the move, patterns can be created in the sixteen step sequencer, with no limit to the amount of bars your composition requires. Apart from the basic waveforms there is also a secondary oscillator which can be routed to different targets for harmonically enriching your initial sounds. You can shape the basic palette from friendly cheesy 80s trumpets via stuttering robots to totally unlistene-able sonic mayhem. If anything, you can sure annoy people on the bus.
For further improvisation there is a multi-touch keyboard allowing you to play along with the sequencer for quickly testing new ideas. When you're pressed for time, you can save a song in progress and return to it later for finishing your idea, or plainly reliving your initial enthusiasm when creating that bubbly, acid bassline over that funky beat you had a brilliant destination for.
Apart from working from your mobile device, your songs can be exported in WAV format, uploaded to SoundCloud for direct sharing, or you can export your songs as MIDI data so you can continue work on your desktop computer / other hardware devices. You can also record a live performance directly onto your device.
MikroWave is actively being updated, so keep your eyes peeled for notifications to be sure you're getting all the latest features. You may also aid development by leaving suggestions and sharing your ideas on the website.
Just to be clear: MikroWave doesn't rely on samples for sound generation, but actually synthesizes sound. For best performance your device should run Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) though it should run fine on any recent device.
Read / write from external storage / SD card. This is used for exporting your songs as audio / MIDI and for recording audio output.
Internet access. Used for both accessing the online manual and for direct uploading of your material to SoundCloud.
When in doubt, MikroWave is also available as a FREE version, note that saving of songs is disabled in this version.
More information, development updates and video examples can be found on the project page : http://www.igorski.nl/mikrowave
version 2.3 :
- added waveshaper option to distortion module
- introduced glitcher effect module
- added option to import / export songs and share across devices
- added option to delete songs (long click on song in the song browser)
- updated UI components
- added track muting and soloing to channels
- added support for multiple CPU architectures for improved audio engine performance
- reduced memory usage
- improved overall graphics rendering performance