Dingsaller – iPad Music Workspace

Get it at the App Store.Dingsaller Icon

New in version 1.8:

  • New FM Node – Frequency Modulation instrument.
  • New RangeSplit Node – Route notes based on pitch value.
  • Multi-Tap Gestures for output node mixer controls.
  • Tempo – Fine increment control.
  • Sliding panels now respond to a tap instead of a swipe.
  • Bug fixes and interface improvements.
  • Retina Display updates.

Dingsaller is a workspace for creating algorithmic compositions on the iPad. Patch together a complex graph of music generating nodes, synths, and effects and control them with a touch.

Key Features:

  • Synths and Sampler Instruments
  • Digital Effects
  • Pattern Sequencer
  • Random Note Generators
  • Touch and Tilt Controllers
  • Recording
  • MIDI Note and Control Input
  • Audio / Copy Paste

List of Available Processing Nodes


36 thoughts on “Dingsaller – iPad Music Workspace

  1. Looks awesome. What is the price going to be?

    The interface looks great and could really set this app apart from all of the other apps with similar modules and functionality (like SunVox or Jasuto Pro).

    Finally, have you considered adding the features iOS music folks love to whine about (especially audio copy/paste, Core MIDI)?

    • Thanks Anthony! I put a lot of thought into making the interface clean and simple.

      In addition to adding more nodes types, MIDI and audioCopy/Paste are at the top of my ToDo llst.

      I haven’t settled on the price yet, but I’m leaning towards $4.99

      • Well, that all sounds fantastic. I’ll probably be one of your first customers.

        I appreciate music apps that are mostly self-contained. I find it too cumbersome to be moving sounds about between apps; for me, it can really take the fun out of iPad music making. I also like apps that have a unique sound or aesthetic quality—they can be quite inspiring. Even the limitations of working within a single 16MB program can be inspirational.

        Of course, a lot of other folks are looking to integrate their iPad into their “workflow.” I think a full MIDI implementation (in/out/clock) would please a lot of folks (as there have only been one or two full implementations to date). If your sequencer is clean/intuitive/powerful people could conceivably be attracted to your app just to use it as a controller for MIDI gear.

        —or you could spin-off a solid MIDI sequencer as a separate app (and upload a YouTube video in which you use it to play a poor approximation of Aphex Twin on a Moog Slim Phatty). I think that might sell. There are surprisingly few apps that fit the bill and none with interfaces that look this good.

  2. This looks great! I would love to be notified when this gets approved by the mighty Apple gods. 🙂

  3. Just bought. Looks like someone’s been playing with Audio Units.

    Could the elevator pitch be “Quartz Composer for sound”, or will people not get the reference?

    • Hah, thanks Chris, I like that description. Quartz Composer was definitely an inspiration for the design.

  4. Picked up your app last night and am having a great time with it! It’s the first modular system I’ve found on the iPad where I spent all my time making sound instead of figuring out how the gizmos worked. The corner drawers are a bit tricky to slide out/in, but otherwise I’m really liking it. Thanks!

    • Xtopher,


      Most of the people I’ve seen having trouble with the drawers are pulling too fast. Also, the gesture recognizer seems to be more sensitive in the horizontal plane.

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  6. I don’t own an iPad, but I love modular music software. Any chance an AU or even standalone OS X version will be released? I’d even buy the ipad version if it let me use the program on my laptop as well.

    Also, will it be ported to ipod/iphone?

    • I don’t have any plans for an iPhone version, I think the interface would be too small and fiddly.
      An OS X version is more likely in the future, but right now I’m focused on beefing up the iPad version.

  7. Have had some crashes and crackling in the audio. Seems a bit unstable. Needs an LFO node. Seems like “something’s missing” (especially in the sound) but I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is.

    • Not to worry, I am finishing up v1.1, which addresses a lot of bugs and adds MIDI input. When you are hearing crackles, the signal path is most likely overloading. This happens frequently at the output node and if the taps in the MultiTap delay are too high. Also, I need to add a level node so that you can adjust the volumes. An LFO node is a great idea, I’ve just got to figure out how to implement it.

  8. One minute of dingsaller: http://soundcloud.com/tladb/initial_ds – an initial construction.
    (I did process it a bit – roll off some bottom end amd audio repair in Audition to remove some vaguely perceived crackles.)

    The program is a lot of fun as it is but you realise you are now riding a tiger.

    Possible additions:
    Presets for instruments and effects
    Ability to save and export patches for other Dingsaller users.
    A loop player because the sample player is more for single hits.
    More instruments and possibly a plugin framework for instruments.
    More effects such as an EQ, reverb, glitch etc.
    More randomisation options. (See the AC Toolbox program)
    More sequencing options like Numerology by Five12
    A song mode to string patches together in series and possibly parallel
    A way to monetise the improvements.

    I am not even sure if any of these are even possible with the iPad .


    • tladb,

      Yup, working hard to stay ahead of the tiger.
      You can already save patches through iTunes file sharing. I suppose a way email directly from the app would be a good addition.

      We’ll have to wait for the Apple gods to bless us with plug ins.


  9. Bravo for creating a graphic music programming environment for the iPad. Well conceived touch interface! Am looking forward to seeing more modules.

  10. I really like Dingsaller! The last update has corrected many module and interface bugs. The MIDI implementation is great too but I would like to suggest something like a MIDI channel filter.

    Using the Camera Connection Kit and a USB hub (and soon the iConnect MIDI) we are able to use multiple MIDI devices connected to the iPad. Controlling different modules using different MIDI channels would be awesome.

    Presets for the modules would be great too!

    Congrats on your work and I will post some videos on my blog very soon.

  11. Thanks for the application Mr.
    It reminds me from an IRCAN program from 90’s named Max (a Max Matheus homenage) and i really like it that time, and you bring the way of composing with algorithms again, with iPad platform! Could not be better implemented. Thank ya, thank ya and thank ya!

  12. Ops, IRCAM.
    At the program that time, there was a way to save an entirely patch and use it inside another file with in and outs of the object, making the workspace boundaries very large, i mean, the limited space of the workspace could be overcome by encapsulate with inlets and outlets of others patches.

    • Thanks for the download, hope you’re enjoying it.

      Use a 2-fingered tap to remove nodes.

      The x/y pad doesn’t have any settings so no need to tap on it. I’ll look into why that makes it crash.

  13. I love this app! Is there anyway to get access a recording from within iOS or do I have to sync with my computer to access a recording? Thanks!

    • Thanks nstarke, glad you’re enjoying it! Currently, the only built-in way to access the recording is through iTunes. If you have the full version you can also use Audio Copy/Paste to move the audio to another app that has more sharing options.

      Also, the next version will have SoundCloud sharing built in.

      • Tim,
        Thanks for your quick response. I have never used audio copy/paste, but I do have the full version. Could you give me quick instructions on how to use audio copy/paste within your app please?

      • 1. Open to the file panel. (upper right)
        2. Select the Recordings section.
        3. Select a file. (probably recording.wav)
        4. Tap the Copy/Paste button. (first button)
        5. The Copy/Paste sheet will open and allow you to copy the audio to the clipboard and also see what other apps might accept the audio.
        6. The other Apps should have a similar process, to do the reverse.

  14. Wow thats really, really cool and useful. Thank you so much for creating this app and the quick responses to my queries. Thanks again!

    • You can also use it to bring in mono .wav files to use in the sampler instrument. Enjoy!

  15. Interesting app! Was it all done using Core Audio / Audio Units? Any external library used, may I ask?

    • Thanks!.

      It’s built on Audio Units, none of Apple’s other audio API’s give you the control/low latency you need for a music instrument App. I used PGMidi for the MIDI, but the rest of it is my own. None of the cool libraries like libpd were around when I started it.

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