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Veil

Veil is an interface for virtuosity – a digital instrument.
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Veil — an interface for virtuosity

Touch It, Strum It, Bend It

Veil is a musical instrument. Thin fabric spans in front of you; touch it, strum it, bend it, the fabric responds and generates a sound. A continuous feedback process happens between your movements and the simulated movements of the veil. It's an experiment - do today's improvements in input device accuracy allow for a new kind of virtual instrument, which relies on visual instead of acoustic feedback?

A Real Instrument

Veil won't hold you back in making the music you want. It's a keyboard, it's a guitar, it's a violin, it's a harmonica and it's totally different. If the provided key layouts don't suit you, just create your own!

Veil is neither a high-tech noise maker nor an ever-good-sounding toy. It's a real instrument, and as such requires practice to achieve virtuosity.

Features
  • switchable note layouts
  • configurable MIDI output including pitch-bend messages (yay!)
  • graphics that use the power of DX11
  • realtime sound synthesis (no samples)
Tips
  • Open the menu by clapping your hands or moving your mouse.
  • After some practice, improvise together with a guitar, this sounds amazing.
  • Try different playing techniques. With every person playing on veil, a new style is invented.
  • Check that "Tool Tracking" is actually enabled in your Control Panel.
Tutorials

At veil's homepage, there is a tutorials section.
There you can find recordings of different styles and playing techniques. You'll also find explanations for the different key layouts and a guide on how to create your own.

contact@prefrontalcortex.de

What's New

Version 1.6.3

Initial release.

Ratings & Reviews

  • Unimpressed

    1 of 5
    by Spleen – November 24, 2014

    The sound this app creates is not very nice to listen to. Ive used it once for 10 minutes so this might show better results if you spend more time learning it. For me though I specifically wanted something which quickly and simply creates 'nice' sound, easy for people to use immediately, like the harp app. I don't think I could ever create something 'nice' with this. I tried all the different scales the app can work with but they all create a jarring discordant sound when played.

    3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

    by prefrontal cortexNovember 24, 2014
    Hi Spleen, thanks for the review. The description specifically states that it's neither a high-tech noise maker nor an ever-good-sounding toy and requires practice to sound good. Did you really try to start carefully, like with any new instrument? Trying to figure out slowly which way of movement actually creates which sound is something we'd definitely suggest for the beginning.

  • Unfunctional

    1 of 5
    by airlynx99 – April 7

    I was just coming back to this page to check, and yes, my system specs are well above the recommended specs, but for whatever reason whenever I launch this app it takes forever to load and stutters at an unbelievable slow rate. There was once I think I saw the "hand" on the instrument but it was only for a split second and made no noise.

     


  • Great App

    4 of 5
    by WillCarr – February 1, 2015

    This is a very fun app, and recognises tools like pencils much better than other similar things I have tried. The reason I am only giving it 4 stars is that I find that if you hit it too much, it starts to lag quite badly, and I have to wait for it to calm down a bit before I play again.

     


  • Unimpressed

    1 of 5
    by Spleen – November 24, 2014

    The sound this app creates is not very nice to listen to. Ive used it once for 10 minutes so this might show better results if you spend more time learning it. For me though I specifically wanted something which quickly and simply creates 'nice' sound, easy for people to use immediately, like the harp app. I don't think I could ever create something 'nice' with this. I tried all the different scales the app can work with but they all create a jarring discordant sound when played.

    3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

    by prefrontal cortexNovember 24, 2014
    Hi Spleen, thanks for the review. The description specifically states that it's neither a high-tech noise maker nor an ever-good-sounding toy and requires practice to sound good. Did you really try to start carefully, like with any new instrument? Trying to figure out slowly which way of movement actually creates which sound is something we'd definitely suggest for the beginning.

  • Unfunctional

    1 of 5
    by airlynx99 – April 7

    I was just coming back to this page to check, and yes, my system specs are well above the recommended specs, but for whatever reason whenever I launch this app it takes forever to load and stutters at an unbelievable slow rate. There was once I think I saw the "hand" on the instrument but it was only for a split second and made no noise.

     


  • Great App

    4 of 5
    by WillCarr – February 1, 2015

    This is a very fun app, and recognises tools like pencils much better than other similar things I have tried. The reason I am only giving it 4 stars is that I find that if you hit it too much, it starts to lag quite badly, and I have to wait for it to calm down a bit before I play again.

     


  • funny and compelling virtual instrument

    5 of 5
    by kirsten – November 6, 2014

    As a guitarist I enjoyed the ways of bending tones and precise control their volumes - everything only with my fingers in the air. If you play veil for the first time, the whole sound is really weird. But with a little bit of practice you can even jam along with traditional instruments such as guitar or piano.

     


Information
    Platform: Windows
    Version: 1.6.3
    Size: 52.9 MB
    Age Rating: 3+
System Requirements

Windows® 7 or 8
AMD Phenom™ II or Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7 processor
2 GB RAM
DX11 capable graphics card