2022
09/20
Trooper Synth From Yonac
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Trooper synth from Yonac

Trooper synth from Yonac


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Thick basses, buttery leads, feathery pads — Trooper is a total synth explosion that crams it all and more in a neat little package. It sounds HUGE, yet tweaks easy. It’s coated in analog “fat,” yet bursts with tonal surprises nestled across its controls. Get ready for an all-out sonic assault, because Trooper is here and it’s our meanest, beastliest, user-friendliest synth yet!

Many of Trooper’s parameters are meant to interact and meld together in novel ways. For example, the oscillator volumes —beyond just acting as mere blend knobs— vary the characteristics of the basic signal depending on how far they are “pushed”. The emphasis is on providing warm and round basic tones with lots of variable harmonic content.

The primary oscillators are backed by an audible LFO that is both a sound source and a wide frequency range modulator. This lets FM-based sounds to combine with traditional waveforms. A pink/white noise generator helps out pads and percussions, and insidiously changes tonality when added in small amounts.

A new filter implementation complements the pugnacity of the signal generators. In its middish settings, the resonance can be characterized as “throaty.” The filter is capable of self-oscillating, and can be controlled via the keyboard. The mated ADSR envelope is shaped to provide tonal ‘immediacy’ and smooth frequency shifts. The amount knob has a wide range that changes the feel and shape of the envelope, especially when pushed above the mid-level.

The output stage features a virtual VCA that imparts tones colloquially termed as “fat”. Extra modulation is provided by a non-audible LFO and a dedicated envelope. The LFO offers numerous wave shapes, BPM syncing, and key tracking. Its output is controllable via the mod wheel, velocity, or aftertouch.

The Esprit parameter helps deploy some of the Trooper “special sauce.” Highly interactive with the stages preceding it, Esprit is known to be handy in tightening up bass tones, and in adding the “je nais se quois” to presets at large. The Get6 parameter is a one-touch ticket to big, mix-filling synth sounds. So whenever you’re lost in an empty mix…it’s got your six.

The arpeggiator inspires rhythms with five algorithms, variable note value, octave range, and gate. The “Texturizer” purveys a wide range of modulation effects that include chorus, flanging, variable comb, resonant delay, and stereo imaging. The BPM-syncable two-tap delay has time and feedback controls per channel, and is tuned a little darker than our usual offerings. Trooper can run in monophonic or polyphonic mode, the latter providing up to 12 voices. Legato is available in either mode.

Watch Doug Woods demo Trooper!

The robust MIDI implementation also includes MPE support, and the synth is able to I/O MIDI performance data. The “MagTouch” virtual controller lets you to play and record (in AUv3 hosts so enabled) over the MPE protocol. MIDI learn is made easy via a visual interface, and users can save, patch-link, and share MIDI CC maps. Bluetooth MIDI input is also supported.

The AUv3 implementation lets you to run multiple instances of Trooper in DAWs. Trooper’s fluid UI accommodates a wide variety of screen sizes and view configurations. Feature navigation is designed to be nonintrusive so that parameters can be accessed easily. The iPad implementation supports portrait layout, so that pretty much all is on one screen.

Included are over 250 presets that range from deep basses to weird so-and-so’s, stopping by many other sounds along the way. The powerful YPAT2 system helps you save, catalog, and share presets with ease.

The standalone app provides a “Tapedeck” to record, save, and share your ideas on the quick. It features a built-in looper, and a metronome with configurable time signature. The standalone also features tap tempo, and MIDI clock syncing. DSP is in high resolution 64-bit, with native processing at up to 96kHz.

Get Trooper HERE

2022
06/07
KQ Sampei Sampler Synth
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Sampler Synth

From the maker of KQ Dixie it’s KQ Sampei, a sampler synthesizer which sound sets can be changed. It is multi-timbral. Available Sound Set Formats: Sound Font(sf2), Compressed Sound Font(sf3), Downloadable Sound(DLS) Supports a part of common MIDI messages (GM, GS, XG, MPE). Includes a MIDI File Player. It supports Standard MIDI Files and RIFF MIDI Files. It also supports multiple ports and loops. You can customize sound sets with “Modifiers”.

In default, a modifier which adds soft pedal function, and GS Custom Controller mod are being applied. You can select “Original” and disable GS Custom Controller if you want. Supports Audio Unit v3 and Inter-App Audio. You can use this synth as a plugin for another app such as GarageBand, AUM, Cubasis, etc…

Supports Micro-tuning. Place AnaMark TUN files into Tuning folder.
You can use sound sets as long as the device memory allows.
The actual memory limit seems to be around the half of the hardware RAM.
You may be able to load sounds over the memory size if you turn on “Load On Demand”.
You can play this app with external MIDI devices and Virtual MIDI apps.
Includes a sound set, “GeneralUser GS” by S. Christian Collins. I prepared a modifier for this set.
This app developer does not collect any user information other than what is collected by iOS/iPadOS.

Get KQ Sampei Sampler Synth here https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kq-sampei/id1626784865

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

Get PolySynth

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.

Get LayR

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