How will mobile software expand tonal possibilities for guitarists?
Objective — Design & code an iOS application to enable greater flexibility for guitarists, encouraging freedom of collaboration.
- Observational Study
- User Interviews
- Physical Computing
- Sound Design
- Usability Testing
- Information Architecture
- Task Analysis
- Visual Identity
- Interaction Prototyping
- Interface Design
Old-School = Bulky + Limited Tonality
Bulky effects pedals limit sonic flexibility for jamming guitarists.
How do you create digital audio software?
Software Programming — Expand coding knowledge & experiment with custom digital effects using freeware IDE Pure Data.
How do you code guitar effects?
Experimentation — Diving into sound engineering, experiments with audio synthesis & signal editing led to a robust guitar effects software package.
Can digital out-do analog?
Flexibility — The expansive possibilities afforded by digital effects enable a greater tonal range compared to analog effects, essentially transforming a guitar into a fully integrated MIDI controller.
By the 6th software iteration, the program could transform a guitar signal into a multitude of instruments, from synths to drums to vocal samples.
What defines minimum viability?
Rapid Testing — Using a pre-developed GUI shortened development time pre user testing & enabled quicker iteration cycles.
How can the Zephyr experience be tailored to guitarists?
How will an interface represent audio processing?
Visual Design — Developing a set of icons to represent audio effects allowed Zephyr to communicate using a language already familiar to guitarists.