December 21, 2011 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Sofia, Bulgaria - ONYX Apps today is pleased to introduce Retro-Fi 1.0 for iOS, their Music app that transforms music through real-time DSP, adding variable amounts of vintage AM radio effects. Listeners can enjoy nostalgic sounds from their iOS Music app, an online radio station, or a Podcast, as Retro-Fi alters the pristine digital audio into the authentic sound of noisy, low-fi, analog, AM radio. On launch, the app significantly reduces the frequency response and dynamic range, and two sliders control the amounts of static and IM distortion added. For those who loved listening to rock'n roll on tiny transistor radios, those who find modern digital audio too clean, and those who want to create a retro mood with music, Retro-Fi is the solution.
Retro-Fi is not an audiophile app designed to restore to digital the warmth and smoothness of analog recordings. Rather, it is a time machine, constructed to take listeners back to a time when the most common way of hearing the latest hit music was AM radio. The music of that time included many styles and sounds, but the way the music sounded was always the same, owing to the limitations of the medium.
Now, Retro-Fi brings back that classic sound, allowing any music or programming to be heard as it was in the days before color TV, the Walkman, home computers, and handheld mobile devices. At launch in portrait orientation, the app displays an extreme close-up of an antique, circa 1940 AM/Shortwave radio receiver, glowing with golden light. Immediately, any audio playing on the iDevice takes on the characteristic AM sound. Frequency response is reduced from 20 - 20,000 Hz down to 300 - 3,000 Hz. Dynamic range drops from 100 db down to 40 db. Even listening on an iPhone's small built-in speaker, the change is unmistakable.
Touching the screen brings up two continuously variable sliders, Ambience and Static Noise. Ambience adds a quasi-reverb effect as intermodulation distortion and the sound of other stations on nearby frequencies come in an out randomly. Static adds the crisp, intermittent sound of raw electricity, AM's rendering of lightning, compressors, and car ignitions. Once the app is closed, audio returns to its normal high quality mode - the operation is non-destructive, and the effect is applied real-time.
* Enjoy the sound of vintage AM radio on your iDevice
* Control the amount of Ambience and Static Noise
* Add grunge and interference to pristine digital recordings
* Enjoy the nostalgic sound of AM radio
* Connect your iDevice to speakers and create a Retro-Fi mood at your next party
"Retro-Fi is an fun little nostalgic iPhone app," commented Eugene Klein of ONYX Apps, "that transforms a user's music collection, or any other audio source that can be played on the iPhone, into a Low Fidelity, retro-sounding stream."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 7.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Retro-Fi 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Review copies are available on request.
ONYX Apps is an independent software studio based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They have prior experience in multimedia and communication services, and recently entered the App Store market with several apps. The founder and CEO is Eugene Klein. Copyright (C) 2011 ONYX Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.