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Virtual ANS: Brilliant Emulator of Soviet ANS Synthesizer

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Only a small bunch of people could use the unique ANS synthesizer created in 1958. Fortunately, virtual ANS makes it possible for everyone.

Solaris poster/ © Mosfilm

ANS means “Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin“. That’s right, the first Soviet synthesizer was called after well-known Russian composer.

The synthesizer is really unique if only because only one ANS synthesizer was created. It was developed between 1938 and 1958 by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin and it doesn’t resemble any other synthesizer ever created. ANS is a photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument without common piano-like keyboard. The work with this synth is close to the work with trackers where you have to draw a melody.

ans synthesizer

Its sound is very special. Just listen:

Thanks to Alexander Zolotov you can now create the same sound with Virtual ANS app for iOS, Android, OS X, Linux and Windows. It’s a professional synth very suitable for experiments in Ambient, Noise e t.c.

  • 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, OS X 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.

This is how the work with Virtual ANS for iOS looks like:

By the way, the app is rather affordable.

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