2018
05/31
Free Open Source iPad Synth
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AudioKit Synth One is the world’s first completely free & open-source full-featured professional iOS synthesizer app. Developer Matthew Fecher shared this sneak preview of AudioKit Synth One, a new software synth that promises to be ‘the first pro open-source iPad synth.

AUDIOKIT SYNTH FEATURES:
This synthesizer will be completely free, fully functional, and ad-free. It’s the ultimate free iPad music instrument app.

Hybrid Analog/FM Poly Synthesizer
Over 200+ Presets crafted by famous sound designers
Audiobus 3 & Inter-app Audio (IAA)
Five Oscillators (2 DCO, FM, Sub, Noise)
2 Assignable LFOs with dozens of routing possibilities
100+ Alternative Scales & Tunings
Vintage-Style 16-Step Sequencer
Classic poly arpeggiator
MIDI in (Control with a MIDI Keyboard or DAW)
Touchable ADSR Envelopes for Amp & Filter
FM Oscillator w/ Mod
Dedicated Sine/Square -12/24 Sub Osc
4-Pole Vintage Low-Pass Filter
High-Pass/Band Pass Filters
Mono portamento & legato
Beautiful Sean Costello Reverb
Multi-tap (ping-pong) delay
TouchPads
Preset Import/Export & More…
Compact app size (under 25mb)
MIDI Learn on all knobs, MIDI Bank/Patch & Sustain Pedal support
Full Source code included

Created by volunteers, the app will include MIDI support (play it with a MIDI keyboard or controller), sequencer, vintage-inspired analog filters, expressive arpeggiators, warm analog delays, and, over 200+ presets to get you started!

The video tells the story of the new synth’s origin and development.

EXCLUSIVE SOUND DESIGN AND CONSULTING FROM ENGINEERS AND SYNTH TECHS WHO HAVE WORKED WITH M83, TYCHO, RIHANNA, KANYE WEST, MIKE POSNER, SAVOY, OWL CITY, TEGAN & SARA, NEON TREES, RED SKY LULLABY, BRICE BEASLEY, DJ PUZZLE, AND MORE!

More info https://audiokitpro.com/synth/

2017
12/11
PolySynth App by DesignByPaul
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PolySynth is the first true polyphonic synthesizer from DesignByPaul with only 3 note polyphony but packed with vintage analog character. Everything on one screen makes sound design quick and easy including fine tuning of each note in the scale for endless microtuning possibilities.

PolySynth filter section sports and ms20 style resonant highpass and 24db/oct resonant lowpass.

PolySynth has Audiobus 3 support, IAA (Inter-App Audio) and MIDI-In so you can connect, play and record with other apps.

— Microtonal tuning
— 3 note polyphony
— MIDI note in
— 24db/Oct MS20 Lowpass filter and resonant highpass
— Arpeggiator
— AudioBus
— Inter App Audio
— 3x oscillators
— 2x LFOs
— 2x ADSR envelopes
— Delay

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2017
10/05
Layr Multi Timbral Synth Update
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LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

What’s New in Version 1.0.7
Version 1.0.7
200+ new INSTRUMENT presets from Brice.
A brand new Wave Folding distortion effect inserted between the 2 filters.
( Wave Folder is only active when Filter 2 has input from Filter 1 )
A new performance bank with a few Wave Folder demo presets.
New MIDI activity indicators added to Instrument views.
(The arrows on the MIDI transpose control now flash when MIDI is received.)
New Voice Activity indicators added to all Mixer Strips.
(Blue lights indicate voices are active for the Instrument or Layer.)
Added Mod and Pitch Bend controls to the keyboard.
Added a “dark mode” for the keyboard:
(The dark option can be set in the key edit view.)
Added an “Initialise” button in the Load Preset views.
(Resets instrument or performance to default settings.)
Added an “Add Layer” button to Layer Strips in Performance view.
Tapping on the host button in IAA transport now switches directly to the host app.
In some IAA hosts LayR will now appear in it’s own “Living Memory” category.
Added copy & paste filter1 to filter2 and vice-versa in the layer clipboards.
(To access clipboard on iPad, long-press on the editor background).
Instrument & Layer: Increased transpose limit from 36 to 72.
Renamed LayR’s main mix output to “LayR Main Stereo”.
Fixed: Instrument MIDI bank number incorrectly reset after loading an instrument.
Fixed: Tapping on the keyboard MIDI channel to enter channel number.

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2017
08/27
SALE – Tera Synth – More Polyphony – Link
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Explore new sound spaces with Tera Synth that go beyond the emulation of synthesizer legends. Use the power of analog and digital synthesis combined with new modules for physical modelling. Wireless patching of modules combined with an intelligible modulation routing simplifies the development of new synthesizer designs from scratch. Distortion effect, Delay/Chorus/Phaser and Reverb effects give your sounds the final polishing. Tera Synth gives your music an individual character with its unique fat sound. The well-designed algorithms and the economical modular structure provides you with a comparatively high voice yield. Precise timing with the unique built-in Arpeggiator let you feel the rhythm.

What’s New in Version 1.5.0
– Audiobus 3 compatible
– Ableton Link compatible
– Polyphony now up to 32 voices

Modular Analog Synthesis
• Modular synthesizer with free connections between modules.
• 25 Sound Modules
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Standard ADSR Envelope generators.
• 4 Multi Segment Envelopes with tempo sync.
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with up to 32 voices.
• More than 920 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.

FX
• Chorus with four delay lines.
• 8 pole Analog Phaser.
• Distortion effect with Tube/Tape emulation
• Stereo Echo/Delay effect.
• Hi end reverberation unit.

Live
• Play melodies live with the onscreen keyboard. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
• Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.
• Dozens of scales selectable
• Variable Keyboard layout for scale optimized playing

Full featured programmable Arpeggiator
• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Can trigger single notes and chords.
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible.
• For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order

Global
• Audiobus 3 compatible (Input slot) with Preset saving.
• Inter App Audio
• Ableton Link compatible
• Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps
• Exchange user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.
• Support for MIDI input/output connections.
• MIDI learn functionality.

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2017
08/22
Korg Mono Poly For iOS
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Reviving a classic KORG analog synthesizer.The iconic 4VCO synthesizer, reborn on iOS. The Mono/Poly analog synthesizer appeared in 1981 at the same time as the acclaimed Polysix. Not only was it a fat-sounding four-VCO monophonic synthesizer, it featured a revolutionary design that allowed it to also be used as a four-voice polyphonic synthesizer, which helped cement its legendary status.

The long-awaited “KORG iMono/Poly” iPad/iPhone app completely reproduces all features of the original Mono/Poly. Four VCOs and a rich array of modulation allow a wide range of detailed sound design. New functionality such as two multi-effects units and eight virtual patches are also provided. In addition, the seamless integration that you expect from KORG’s iOS apps will fit perfectly into your music making process. The Mono/Poly has been reborn for today’s world, bringing you a unique and legendary sound.

* Due to differences in CPU speed of iPads / iPhones, iPad 3rd gen/2/iPad mini/iPhone 4s are not supported, only iPad Air/iPhone 5s or later is recommended.

[ Features ]

• Deep 4VCO sound. A complete reproduction of the classic Mono/Poly
The Mono/Poly synthesizer featured four VCOs, a dedicated envelope generator for the VCF, and also sync and cross-modulation, earning it a reputation for its detailed sound-shaping potential and its distinctive character.

• Powerful virtual patches, and the latest presets to catch the scene
Eight virtual patches provide the ultimate expansion of the Mono/Poly’s distinctive sound-design potential. Two multi-effect units are also provided, allowing you to create complex and broad-ranging sounds with complete freedom.

• Quick access to all panels
Although iMono/Poly provides a vast number of parameters, it’s designed with a screen structure that provides quick and seamless access to all of them. With a single tap, you can rotate between the main synth & key assign screen and the virtual patch & effect screen. There’s no need to open individual screens for specific functions, or to move back and forth between them.

• Produce music in conjunction with KORG Gadget
iMono/Poly can be used in conjunction with “KORG Gadget,” the music production DAW app that has won numerous prizes within Japan and around the world. When you install both apps, iMono/Poly appears as the “Montpellier” gadget within KORG Gadget.

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