Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral 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, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers. You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker. In 2004, the British experimental group Coil released CoilANS, 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.
Official Virtual ANS page: http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans
Mac OS X:
|Record from the Keyboard or from the Microphone/Line-In|
|Play / Stop|
|Play back / Stop|
|Settings (project, visualization, audio, …)|
|Project (new, load, save, import/export, …)|
|Switch to the Navigation mode (move/zoom the sonogram)|
|Switch to the Layers mode|
|Switch to the Selection mode (copy, paste and effects)|
|Switch to the Drawing mode|
|CTRL + Z||undo|
|CTRL + Y||redo|
|CTRL + X / SHIFT + DEL||cut|
|CTRL + C||copy|
|CTRL + V / SHIFT + INS||paste|
|CTRL + D||duplicate|
|CTRL + A||select/unselect all|
|CTRL + O||load project|
|CTRL + N||new project|
|LEFT / RIGHT||move cursor (or selection) left / right; (press SHIFT to make it move faster)|
|UP / DOWN||move selection up / down; (press SHIFT to make it move faster)|
|SPACE||play / stop|
|SHIFT + SPACE||play backward / stop|
|ENTER||hold and play current position|
|Z, S, X, D, C …||notes C, C#, D, D#, E, F …|
|Q, 2, W, 3, E …||the same notes but one octave upper|
|MOUSE WHEEL UP / DOWN||zoom or scroll up / down|
|MOUSE MIDDLE KEY||move window content|
Q: How to load an image or audio file?
A: Please go to the Project (button with diskette) → Load → and select an image or audio file through the file browser.
Q: How do I import images into the iOS version of Virtual ANS?
A: There are two ways:
Q: Every photo i import causes really bad static/crackling during playback.
Q: Virtual ANS crashes on WAV loading.
A: Current version can load uncompressed PCM WAV / AIFF files only.
Q: What are the optimal project parameters for the export to PhonoPaper?