Latest release - 2.2b (30 apr 2014)
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What is Virtual ANS
How it works
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Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS
musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin
from 1938 to 1958.
Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke
, Edison Denisov
, Edward Artemiev
and other Soviet composers.
You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky
's movies Solaris
In 2004, the British experimental group Coil
a boxed set of experimental drone music performed on the ANS.
While the other similar programs are just fun toys, the Virtual ANS is a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds.
With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.
Actually the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it (as well as PixiVisor
) is more appropriate for people who are searching for something new, not afraid to experiment with sound.
Interface description (main window; ANS sonogram editor):
- unique Virtual Analog sound engine;
- unlimited number of pure tone generators;
- powerful sonogram editor - you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
- any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
- MIDI Input (only for Windows, Linux, OSX and iOS);
- supported file formats: WAV (only uncompressed PCM), PNG, JPEG, GIF, VNS (Virtual ANS 1.x);
- supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK, Audiobus, IAA;
- iOS: iTunes File Sharing;
- iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import;
- more functions in the next Virtual ANS updates...
ANS synthesizer (Wikipedia)
"The ANS Synthesizer: Composing on a Photoelectronic Instrument" by Stanislav Kreichi
The ANS Synthesizer discography