A multisensual tool

Create soundscapes, beat sketches, songs, sets & audiovisual performances.

Versatile & immersive

Soniface combines the intuitive kind of interaction in games, with the virtuosity of handling professional sound tools.

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Mazetools

Soniface

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

The basic principle of the software is an animated grid. Each line is linked to a sound. Add beats by a drum synthesizer. Colors are associated with notes and chords.

Make beat sketches with different moods. Let your voice become part of an audio scenery or create songs & sets. Utilize multi-touch for audiovisual effects.

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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

Beside all other features it natively supports a second display output to watch & project your compositions in large scale or do just visuals. The Lab Edition offers also the possibility to connect a surround environment. Depending on your system all audio effects will be mapped to 4.0, 5.1 & 7.1 speakers.

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

Soniface Lab is an enhanced version with special audio and visual settings.

Beside all other features it natively supports a second display output to watch & project your compositions in large scale or do just visuals. The Lab Edition offers also the possibility to connect a surround environment. Depending on your system all audio effects will be mapped to 4.0, 5.1 & 7.1 speakers.

Tutorials

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

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Demos & Performances

Get some impressions of Soniface & Soniface Lab.

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History of Mazetools

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

Find more Ectoplastic Videos here

Tutorials

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

Find more Turorials here

Demos & Performances

Get some impressions of Soniface & Soniface Lab.

Find more Performances here

History of Mazetools

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

Find more Ectoplastic Videos here

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Soniface & Soniface Lab

Essentials & Features

* Touch based audiovisual synthesizer grid & circular editing interface
* Rhythm Interface featuring a drum step sequencer & sound modulation setup
* Soundscape sampler incl. mic input, file library & sequencer
* Geometric arpeggiator, note step sequencer with envelope controller
* Color Interface system related to the color organ Scriabin and the circle of fifth
* Realtime master sound to *.Wav audio recording
* Pattern based song arrangement section
* 12 grid shapes & special visualization settings
* Shape interface for interactive sound modeling incl. 4 modes of synthesis
* Effect automation section
* Multi touch performance gestures to control audiovisual effects
* Save/ load project file section (Mazes & Set)

* MIDI input to play colors, notes and chords by keyboard or to link effects to controllers (not in Android, Win Phone & WSA)
* In-app tutorial function incl. reading aloud mode

* Plug&play 2nd display output for projectors (Lab only)
* Sound playback from stereo up to 4.0, 5.1 & 7.1 surround (Lab only)

Stay tuned!

Our small team works permanently and with great passion to improve the quality and add new functions! Subscribe to the Mazetools newsletter, if you like to be informed about further developments, upcoming features and new tools!

Stay tuned!

Our small team works permanently and with great passion to improve the quality and add new functions! Subscribe to the Mazetools newsletter, if you like to be informed about further developments, upcoming features and new tools!

Frequently asked questions

What is Mazetools?

The story of Mazetools began in 2011 with the animated experimental short movie “Geometric Poetry” by Stephan Kloss. The following year he prototyped an audiovisual synthesizer called Mazetools with the intention to incorporate aspects of music therapy to sound creation.

Continuos research about geometry, cymatics and the phenomenon synesthesia influenced Kloss as well as contemporary artists, but also the exchange with his company. Together they found Ectoplastic Laboratory, and the practical application energized the development. Although the team focused on making Mazetools as a mobile app accessible for everyone. In this way Mazetools became a brand for experimental cross-platform audiovisual music creation software distributed by Ectoplastic UG.

Mazetools is characterized by passion. The intention of the project is to use digital devices as instruments, which can mediate the joy of gathering musical experiences and creative exchange.

What's behind the visual - sound relation?

Getting influenced by visuals while making sound or music may have a positive impact on your process of creation. The basic principle of Soniface is an animated grid. Each line is linked to a sound. As soon as the grid begins to vibrate and deform, sounds are created.

What is Soniface?

Soniface is the 1st “Mazetool”. It is a multi-sensual sound and music creator. Soniface combines the intuitive kind of interaction in games, with the virtuous handling of professional sound tools. Everyone can get on an own path to compose and perform soundscapes, beats, songs and sets. The use is very connected with the moment of creation.

How to use it?

Soniface is a versatile multi-media instrument to create soundscapes in a moving geometric sphere, make beat sketches, incorporate sounds to an audio scenery, utilize audiovisual effects by multi-touch. It offers new ways to song concepts, compositions or audiovisual performances. All creations, sets and sessions, can be saved as individual project files. It‘s possible to record the entire sound as an audio file (* .wav).

In Soniface everything is immediately changeable: image, color, rhythm and sound. Beside the audiovisual grid based synthesizer, another drum synthesizer offers the possibility to generate beats with different rhythms and to modulate the sound.
Colors are associated with notes and chords based on a system combining the color wheel and circle of fifths. The soundscape sampler allows microphone recording, the integration of custom audio files and includes nature and everyday sounds.

You can find some basic instructions and hints in our tutorials. Also, you may have a look into the in-app help mode of Soniface.

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.

Is it possible to use a second screen?

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.

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 contains Midi input for iOS, Mac OSX and Steam. Other connectivity features will follow asap.

Is it possible to record the sound and how to 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, since Soniface 1.92 a sharing beta is implemented in iOS
  • Windows: C:\Users\”YOUR ACCOUNT”\AppData\LocalLow\Ectoplastic UG\Mazetools Soniface Lab
  • Mac OSX: Show the app content in the finder, when you click on the app by holding command.

Is it possible to 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 on another device. All files you did on your mobile can also be played on your desktop.

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 the latest information about the development.

Distributed by Ectoplastic UG
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© 2018 Stephan Kloß

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

support@mazetools.com

Distributed by Ectoplastic UG
(haftungsbeschränkt)
© 2018 Stephan Kloß

Site notice / Impressum

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

support@mazetools.com