Vio Review
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Vio Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on March 6th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VOICE MORPHING MADNESS
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Vio transforms voices into beautiful harmonies and sonic universes thanks to its impressive interface.

Developer: Square B, LLC
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Vio isn’t a novelty music app filled with frivolous features. It’s a professional music instrument that transforms voices through a sonic universe to create unique sounds. It’s perfect for music professionals and amateurs alike.

Thanks to Vio’s pitch correction technology, everyone can sound in tune. To get started with Vio, just plug in headphones that have a microphone. Then sing, say or hum anything to hear the transformation. Users will see a beautiful universe of particles that can be manipulated and harmonized.

The sound can be altered by touching the vortex with a finger and moving it around on the screen. The app isn’t limited to just two dimensions. The third dimension is accessed by pinching and zooming to change the particles on the screen.

There are various settings that can be accessed by tapping on the star in the lower left corner. From here users can change the sound presets that range from wormhole to 8-bit mission or change the visual presets. It’s also possible to turn recording and looping on with just a quick swipe.

When looping is turned on, users just tap twice to loop a sound and tap again to stop it. Enabling the recording option causes a small circle with an “R” to appear in the lower right corner. Tap on it to record and tap again to stop. When the recording is finished, it can be accessed in the Settings menu where users can edit it or share it in Sound Cloud, Dropbox, iCloud or email.

Professional users will appreciate the advanced settings that can be accessed in the Settings menu on the iOS device. It’s possible to turn on high quality recording, key and scale control and speed controls. Turning these options on will allow them to show up in the Settings menu of the app itself.

Vio is incredibly fun and addicting. There’s only a little room for improvement like audiobus integration, additional visual settings and a way to listen to recordings within the app. These improvements definitely aren’t deal breakers and really just belong on a wish list for a future update.

I had doubts about how well Vio would make my voice sound, and I was really surprised by the outcome. It was really neat to transform my voice into a music instrument, and it was even more exciting to explore all the parts of the app to create impressive harmonies. It’s easily recommendable and highly enjoyable.

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