A new multisensual way to create music

Step into an unique space of creation conducted by your ears, eyes and vibes.

Take a snapshot of your mind

The comfortable handling of re-designed audio production essentials gives you inspiring options to make own songs, sounds & visuals.

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Mazetools

Soniface

“A digital all-in-one musical instrument on the go.”  ZKM Karlsruhe, AppArtAward 2017, Sound Art

Take yourself a moment, plugin your headphones and enter into a visual sphere of sound. You can tap on the display, move the sound, set your rhythm, define your favourite color & harmony. Sonify your current state, piece by piece. Don’t pressure yourself with being productive, making music don’t have to (be) work.

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Mazetools

Soniface Lab

“VJing and sound app of the extra class! […] Until you have discovered the infinite possibilities of this app you can stay a very long time!” Tabletlernen.ch

 

Did you ever create music and sound on your home cinema system? Did you ever thought about using your flat-screen or projector for making visuals?

Beside all other features Soniface Lab natively supports surround environments with 4.0, 5.1 & 7.1 speakers. You’re able to create space-filling soundscapes and move samples through the room. Furthermore you can use a second display output plug and play to watch your compositions in large scale.

Mazetools

Soniface Lab

“VJing and sound app of the extra class! […] Until you have discovered the infinite possibilities of this app you can stay a very long time!” Tabletlernen.ch

Did you ever create music and sound on your home cinema system? Did you ever thought about using your flat-screen or projector for making visuals?

Beside all other features Soniface Lab natively supports surround environments with 4.0, 5.1 & 7.1 speakers. You’re able to create space-filling soundscapes and move samples through the room. Furthermore you can use a second display output plug and play to watch your compositions in large scale.

Tutorials

Get introduced to Soniface and learn how to start a visual music composition.

Demos & Performances

Get some impressions of Soniface & Soniface Lab.

History of Mazetools

The development process was influenced by lots of practical work over the past years.

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Soniface & Soniface Lab

Essentials & Features

  • synthesizer based on an audiovisual grid implying common aspects of notation
  • touch optimezed control interface interconnected to multi touch effects
  • 3 way monophonic drum synthesizer with envelope, pitch and noise level control
  • adaptable effect automation
  • integrated manual
  • unlimited pattern and instrument implementation
  • arpeggiator interface, envelope setup & note step sequencer
  • special visuals to highlight patterns
  • full-screen mode
  • composition playback
  • wav recording
  • microphone input
  • versatile file library

Upcoming features

We’re in development of midi in/out & great platform specific features like Airplay and Chromecast as well as multiple video out for desktop computers & more…

Our work is still in progress and we do our best to make Soniface running faster and enhance the quality with every update!

Upcoming features

We’re in development of midi in/out & great platform specific features like Airplay and Chromecast as well as multiple video out for desktop computers & more…

Our work is still in progress and we do our best to make Soniface running faster and enhance the quality with every update!

What is Mazetools?

Mazetools is a brand for experimental cross-platform visual music software distributed by Ectoplastic UG. You can explore Mazetools from several points of view and different skill levels. The software focuses the joy of making electronic music and visuals, the benefit of a creative process.

Why Visual Music?

Don’t matter if you’re a musician or not, there is a relation between what you see and what you hear. It depends also on your mood, how you see and how you hear. The case that you get influenced by visuals while composing, will affect on your creativity.

On the other side, if you watch somebody turning knobs and faders, you never know, what’s behind the scene. So, let’s forget about all the tech stuff -just for a few moments- and get conducted by the senses.

What is Soniface?

Soniface is related to the idea of a „sonification interface“ – a space, where people can associate sound with their inner feelings. The development was inspired by thoughts about geometry, cymatics, color theory and music therapy.

The development startet in 2011 along the work on the short movie „Geometric Peotry“. A first prototype (2013) called „Maze“ has been used by the art collective Ectoplastic Laboratory for visual, installation and audio production experiments.

2016 a first Mazetools Beta came out. In May 2017 Soniface1.0 has been released as mobile app (iOS, Android & Windows Phone), followed by the desktop versions (PC/ Mac)  in December 2017. The work on Soniface is still in progress.

Is Soniface a kind of special?

Soniface is unique in many ways. That can be dissatisfying or stimulating. There’re a few methods to make different sounds or play the visuals. You can find some hints in our tutorials.

Can I watch my compositions on a big screen or project them?

The desktop version Soniface Lab provides a native 2nd screen output. After you did plugin your video cable, you have to extend the screen in your display settings. After this, you can start the app and it will use the 2nd video output.

We’re currently working on the implementation of Airplay (iOS), Chromecast (Android) for mobile devices as well as the use of multiple display output for desktop computers.

How to use surround sound (4.0, 5.1 & 7.1)?

Before you start Soniface Lab, you need to change the speaker configuration in the sound settings of your computer to 4.0, 5.1 or 7.1. After this, you can start the app and it will run in surround.

When you work in surround, the soundscape sampler will work different, as in stereo (if the Maze is on the left side of the display, it’s fading to the left speaker…). If you’re using surround sound, you can place a sample into the room. That means, if you place the Maze point on your display to the top left, the sample will be played mainly from left front speaker.

If you place a Maze point on the bottom right, the sample will be played mainly from your right rear speaker. In this way you can build arrangements and atmospheres easily in surround sound and combine it with animations, like the circle animation, to let a sample move through the room. If you got a multi channel recording setup, you can record in this way soundscapes in real-time for example for a movie.

What’s about Midi?

We decided to make a cross platform release. That’s why we focused on an unified list of functions, that work for all systems. Soniface will contain Midi and several other connectivity features soon.

Can I record the sound and how I can get to the recorded files?

There is an in-app stereo main mix recording as well as a mic recording function in the Soniface and Soniface Lab. Currently it saves the files to the local app folder.

  • Android: disk/Android/data/com.MazeTools.Soniface/files
  • iOS: connect your device to iTunes and go to the Mazetools Soniface app folder
  • Windows: (in work)
  • Mac OSX: (in work)

Can I exchange Mazes & Set files?

Like the microphone and main mix recordings, all Mazes and Set files will be saved to your local app folder. So, you can just copy the *.mazes and the *.sets files and paste them into another local Mazetools Soniface app folder. That’s how you can copy for example files from your mobile to your desktop computer.

How to make personalized Mazes & Set files?

Open the editor interface in Soniface or Soniface Lab and go to the Setup section. Below you will find the >Session< button. Tap on it. Tap on the + button to start a new session. Give your session a name. Further a *.mazes and a *.sets file with that name will be generated and every new composition will be saved to this session.

To get a mazes/set file from one session to another, open your set, go to session (Setup section). Tap on the session of your choice (it will load), go to Sets, save your set into the list. Notice, the work on the file archive is still in progress.

Where I can find more videos?

What's coming next?

Beside all connectivity issues and improvements, we’re working on new features for Soniface. Currently you can follow us on instagram to get information about the latest testings.

Distributed by Ectoplastic UG
(haftungsbeschränkt)
© 2018 Stephan Kloß

For more information visit:
http://www.ectoplastic.com

support@mazetools.com

Distributed by Ectoplastic UG
(haftungsbeschränkt)
© 2018 Stephan Kloß

For more information visit:
http://www.ectoplastic.com

support@mazetools.com