SunVox, the quirky and cool modular music creation software, already runs on a ton of platforms. Starting now, most of those platforms can run the tool for free. (The one exception: iPhone/iPad.)

That means you get a rich music creation environment that can run on everything from an ancient PDA to a desktop computer, complete with FM, virtual analog, and sample-based synths, effects, modular routing, musical arrangement, and even tracker-level detailed editing, all for free. SunVox works on Mac, Windows, and Linux, plus mobile platforms Palm, Windows Mobile, and iPhone. In fact, it’s an ideal choice to resurrect one of the now-nearly-worthless yet still-very-powerful used PDA devices. Seriously: hit auction and used sites or ask someone for a device, or perhaps search your own closet, and you have an extra music-making device that costs you nothing. (I’ve heard some arguments about the iPad and value, and ditto $300 or $400 netbooks, but I’d like to see the iPad or new netbook compete with $20 or free.)

SunVox

That said, if you do own an iPhone or iPod touch, SunVox is a no-brainer at US$4.99.

And developer Alex Zolotov tells CDM he’s submitting an iPad version of SunVox for Apple’s new platform, as well, plus working on new features. Stay tuned.

  • http://truechiptilldeath.com peter

    This program is fun and funky. even just using it as a mono synth on the keys of my old treo.

  • http://www.suecae.com Suecae

    I love these indy-daw:s. They present a great case for pluralism.

  • http://the-palm-sound.blogspot.com/ Palm Sounds

    The next version will have some good features too

    http://the-palm-sound.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-su

  • kadath

    SunVox is such a cool app. At $5 for the iPhone version, it's a steal, and you can't beat free for half a dozen other platforms. It's the only tracker available for iPhone OS, to boot. Definitely looking forward to the 1.5 update.

  • http://www.isle-of-avalon.co.uk gwenhwyfaer

    Ooh, there's a new one on the way? (The fact that it's now free doesn't bother me so much, because I bought it when it was cut to $10 last year for my Zodiac. But it's cool for everyone who didn't, I guess.)

    Actually, the one thing that would really excite me is MIDI input on those platforms which support it.

  • http://www.infradead.shftwave.org infradead

    Its a great little program. I love the modular design. My only issue and i have this with all trackers is that hex kills me, it just takes the fun out of it for me.

    I did buy it and promptly lose it in a HD crash so methinks I should give it another shot. Especially since i can throw it on my work laptop and have a bit of fun time on my lunch hour.

  • phun

    The only tracker? Have you seen iSequence?

  • phun

    Can you even compare this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wGJJ65SDVM

  • http://truechiptilldeath.com peter

    phun- thats not a tracker :D

  • http://www.isle-of-avalon.co.uk gwenhwyfaer

    > Can you even compare this?

    Sure. My criterion for comparison: Lets me edit the same songs on Windows, Linux and PalmOS.

    SunVox: yep.

    iSequence: nope.

    …End of comparison.

  • nue

    i want a fast tracker type or renoise light on the ipad

  • David Prouty

    Ok … Nice I want more articles about unusual software. Do more of these please.

  • phun

    Just bought it. Good for making chiptunes :) .. user interface is a nightmare!

  • Particle

    too bad it only supports wav files. as a long time mac user, almost all my samples are aif. sure i could batch convert 30 gb with peak but… nah.

  • A Different Jonathan

    @gwenhwyfaer Good point. Sadly, Sunvox is one of the few iPhone apps that provides a true roundtrip workflow. Other than iDrum, I don't even know of any others.

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  • http://www.module.co.nz Jeramiah

    Hey Peter, Can Sunvox save as .it files? as a tracker it looks great, I need to export some .it files for iPhone app, i'd love to use this, I have not had much time to dive down into its guts and see what it does, is it worth going down that rabbit hole?

    thanks !