Oscilab iPad Synth and Drum Machine
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Oscilab gives you an hypnotizing musical experience. It’s an innovative wave oriented sequencer that lets you make unique loops and sounds with simple gestures.

The app is easy to pick up and go. You can play for hours but also produce high-quality tracks of any music style within minutes.

• 28 wave shapers: control FREQUENCY, Filter CUTOFF, AMP and PAN of 6 devices.
• 6 Channel mixer, with 2 FX channels.
• Live Mode: 6 pads to tweak the frequency and cutoff of the generated patterns in real time.
• Drum Machine with 15 high-quality drumkits.
• 36 high-quality sampled instruments.
• Analog Synth with two oscillators, featuring ring modulation, frequency modulation and ADSR control.
• Global harmonic control: change all the arpeggiators tune settings from a single place.
• Record and upload your mixdowns to SoundCloud or other installed apps (supports Audiocopy).

Oscilab is available for $4.99

SunVox For iOS Ver 1 7 3 Adds Support for Jack, AudioBus, and More!
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SunVox iPad App

SunVox is the Most Powerful music creation tool for iOS. It is a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern based sequencer (tracker). With this program you can compose music anywhere. On any device. It also available (for FREE!) for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Maemo, PalmOS, Android, and other systems.

What’s New in Version 1.7.3
* added Virtual MIDI Port;
* support of Audiobus;
* support of JACK Audio Connection Kit for iOS; http://ipadloops.com/connect-audio-apps-for-free/
* support of 4-Inch display;
* improved Compressor algorithm;
* default base note for WAV/AIFF samples is C5;
* SunVox file is now includes additional information: timeline cursor position, current module, current pattern;
* sound engine optimization;
* added options for the MultiSynth: Use static note C5 (treat all received notes as C5); Ignore notes with zero velocity;
* new Pattern Editor function – Slice by cursor;
* added MIDI import; now you can load any MIDI files directly through the Load Song dialog;
* added support of the following MIDI commands: Start, Continue, Stop;
* number of MetaModule User Defined Controllers can be changed from 0 to 13;
* added MIDI Omni Mode (all MIDI channels will be accepted);
* new option in the Preferences->Interface: Show virtual keyboard; use it to show or hide virtual qwerty keyboard;
* scrolling when highlighting in the Sample Editor;
* per-pattern Mute/Solo (Timeline menu -> Toggle mute / Toggle solo);
* Vorbis Player is now supports the sample offset commands (09 and 07);
* added ability to create a new pattern by double clicking on an empty area of the Timeline;
* new Timeline function – Slice Pattern(s) (knife position = current playing position);
* new std. pattern effect 23 – set controller value to the random number with range from XX (00..FF) to YY (00..FF);
* new std. pattern effect 1F – set BPM;
* new songs: Manwe – Early Fall remake (original by Tangrine), kostya_m – Midnight, take_my_hand, follow_the_sun;
* new simple examples: metamodule_test, metamodule_with_automation, random_ctl_values_with_range, trance, compressor2;
* new instrument (pads): moving_pad, vocal_synth, filter_slide_up, analog, analog2, analog3, analog_distorted, space, violin, violin2, violin3, violin4;
* new instrument (keyboard): analog10, fm2, bell2;
* bugs fixed.

[ Key features ]
• Modular interface.
• Highly optimized synth algorithms.
• Support of 16/24/32bit WAV, AIFF and XI samples.
• XM (FastTracker) and MOD (ProTracker, OctaMED) import.
• Multitrack WAV export;
• WiFi export/import;
• MIDI import/export;
• Mic/Line-in recording;
• Real-time recording;
• Audiobus and JACK support.

[ Brief instruction ]
The main menu – button with wrench in the upper right corner of the screen.
Use multitouch to scale/move content of timeline and pattern editor.
How to connect one module to another? For multitouch devices: first touch on source, second touch on destination. For other devices: select the first module (source); click on the LINK button; select the second module (destination).
REC button is only for notes and controllers recording. If you want to record sound – use the Sampler module (REC button under the Sampler controllers).

[ Built-in synthesizers & effects ]
• Analog Generator;
• DrumSynth with 120 unique synthetic drum sounds;
• FM synthesizer;
• MetaModule (use it to build your own synths/effects);
• Sampler (supported formats: WAV, XI, AIFF);
• SpectraVoice (FFT-based synthesizer for warm atmospheric sounds);
• Side Chain Compressor;
• Distortion;
• Echo;
• 3Band equalizer;
• Filter (Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass, Notch);
• Flanger;
• Loop (for glitch effects);
• Reverb;
• Vocal Filter (for human voice simulation);
• Vorbis Player;
• WaveShaper;
• and more …

SunVox is available for $5.99

Synth Arp & Drum Pad App By Yamaha
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Synth Arp & Drum App By Yamaha

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is an iPad app with arpeggiator and drum pad that allows you to easily play the internal synthesizer or any connected MIDI device and produce music with phrases having an abundant variety of musical styles. (The arpeggiator automatically plays the individual notes of a chord in a selected pattern.)

There are over 340 arppegiator patterns that can play phrases from all kinds of music genres like dance music, hip-hop, rock, pops, with one finger.

Use Synth Arp & Drum Pad to easily create fabulous phrases and enjoy a performance freely!

* This application is Core MIDI compatible. Wi-Fi communication possible with Yamaha MOTIF XF (body version 1.2 or above) Alternatively, use the MIDI Interface i-MX1 to communicate with all MIDI devices.
* A USB Wi-Fi adaptor, sold separately, is necessary for Wi-Fi communications.

New features in Version 1.1
– Audio mixdown of recorded songs
– Audio library (compatible with SoundCloud and AudioCopy)
– An additional 19 tones and 24 arpeggiator patterns


Software Synthesizer
– Choose from 61 high-quality voices from a variety of instruments including 7 drum kits.
– Cutoff, resonance, attack, release, and portamento can be adjusted with the knob control. Setting tonal qualities is easy.
– Reverb, chorus, and variation effects can also be applied individually.

Keyboard Arpeggiator & Scale
– Choose from 342 arpeggio patterns from a variety of instruments.
– Control the swing, note length, octave range, and other characteristics for each arpeggio phrase in real time.
– Select and change the scale being played. That allows you to use Touch Control Function and you can modify the sound by sliding your finger vertically or vibrating your finger horizontally on the Keyboard.
– The velocity can be changed depending by adjusting the strength of the tap on the iPad screen, or use the ribbon controller displayed on the left-hand side of the screen.

Drum Pad
– For each of the 16 drum pads, you can assign 5 notes at a specific velocity which allows you to play chords with one finger as well as multiple percussion instruments.
– Separate notes can be assigned to the left and right sides of a pad along with their velocities for more intricate performances. The velocity can be controlled by the strength of the tap on the iPad screen.
– You can also use the built-in step sequencer of each pad, to easily create a rhythm track.
– The Learn function can be used to easily assign a chord to a pad using the keyboard displayed at the bottom of the screen or using the keyboard of an external MIDI device.
– There are 64 user templates that can be customized and saved.

MIDI Loop Sequencer/Recorder
– Overdubbing enables the blending of various layers of sound in one recording.
– In addition to standard recording, you can also record loops of varying lengths.
– Quantizing and recording speed can be adjusted, and a pre-count can also be set.
– It can be stored up to five songs.

Ribbon Controller
– Use the ribbon controller to change velocity, pitch, and assignable parameters.

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is available for $3.99 for a limited time.

S709 Synth For iOS
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S709 Synth For iOS

S.709 is a synthesizer that uses four multitouch points on the screen and the accelerometer to give a large amount of control over a sine wave output. It’s good for creating strange noises and sound design.


Orange – Volume and Pitch (radius control pitch range)
Pink – Ramp speed and note length
Blue – Delay Length and Pitch (hold down for delay)
Green – Delay Filter and Feedback

Accelerometer controls pitch and wave shape.


Sketch Synth 2 iPad App
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Sketch Synth 2 is here to solve one problem, how do I go from having a bunch of loops that sound good to creating an arrangement that arranges these loops. The app ships with several preset instruments so you can get going straight away and understand how the sequenced XY pads control the arrangement of the sounds; but the most important aspect of the app is to be able to create your own pad based instrument with your own loops.

You can use audio copy and paste to copy in loops from other apps, but the app was designed with it in mind to take loops from a DAW on your main computer via iTunes file sharing not another iPad app. Once you’ve loaded the samples into the app in Blueprint mode then you can configure the background and assign loops and FX to every pad on screen and start arranging.

All XY pads are rapidly reconfigurable and you can quick fade sounds in and out to understand when and where you should be bringing your loops in and how fast they should come in. Once you have worked out how everything works together then you can record in Sketch Synth, but really you should be going back to your DAW and building the stems properly.

1.2.1 Update
A few thoughts: A shortcoming of the current version is the lack of recording level monitoring, mute and solo buttons. Midi is a key feature also. I would also like to be able to bypass fx processing on some channels, so for instance you may want a tiny bit of reverb on the drums here and there, but not on the bass.

Sketch Synth 2 is available for $3.99

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