SynthStation has ARRIVED!

I can’t believe it! It is finally here! in the app store now!

Here’s the full spec:

Transform your iPhone into a music production studio.

SynthStation transforms iPhone or iPod touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. SynthStation gives you three powerful synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords, and bass lines. Built around Akai Professional’s history in synthesis and drawing on the newest MINIAK synth, SynthStation sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesis.

From the moment you start SynthStation, you’ll know your way around. It is jam-packed with tools to help you create music with the convenience of your touch screen and each section works the way you work. With SynthStation, you can create and save sequences and complete songs. The app contains three different three-oscillator synths and a range of drum kits you can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters, and an XY touch control interface for expressive control of key parameters.

Play with keys, XY and arpeggiator controls. This is perfect place to make magic happen because it gives you access to all the common controls you’ll need in a performance or creation setting.

Complete synthesis controls from oscillators to LFOs, envelopes, and more. You can control a wide range of filters to dial in exactly the sound you need. Choose from Sine, Triangle, Square or Sawtooth on your VCO and start creating your own signature sounds from scratch. Filter Cutoff and Resonance are just two taps away.

In addition to SynthStation’s three synthesizers, we’ve included drum kits and a visual representation of the most iconic beat making tool in the world – MPC pads. Just pick your kit and start tapping beats anywhere, anytime. Includes:

Drum Kit – select the drum kit and play it with onscreen pads.
Drum Edit – tune, mix, and customize your drums.

Keyboard grid – see your keyboard sequencing and edit notes easily.
Drum grid – build and modify drum tracks with a visible sequencer grid.

Select and save your Song/Sequence projects. You can recall your Songs and work on them later, and even export them for further editing in your desktop audio applications.

XY – two axes of control for hands-on, real-time control. Just like a joystick, the XY controller can snap back to the zero point.

Tempo – control tempo and even tap in the tempo you want.

The Mixer in SynthStation includes touch-controlled faders for each of the three synthesizers and the drum section as well as FX send for each.

Mixer – mix all the levels of the parts and effects. Just like a hardware mixer, there are faders, mutes, and effect routing.
Effects – select and control FX type and parameters.

SynthStation Studio enables you to create and produce music anywhere on your iPhone or iPod touch. Embrace the future.

SynthStation at the app store:


  1. You probably need a 3GS for this. It's a little glitchy on the 3G. Sounds nice, though. Doesn't seem to make any sound when you connect external speakers through the phone, though.


  2. I've just downloaded it and my initals impressions are thus:

    There is no way of auditioning patches; you have to select a sound, come out of 'Sounds' to the menu and then go into 'Performance' to press some keys. Surely, when you select a patch, a sound ie C3/C4 should sound during change of sound…

    In 'Grid Edit' you cannot change note lengths or move notes; you have to redraw them. The grid also uses the spaces between the lines rather than the lines themselves a la every-other-sequencer-in-existence (nearly)

    Also, every note trigger event is the same velocity so getting any dynamics into this is going to be difficult; there's not even an option for an accent on any of the tracks!

    The synth editing section is the most comprehensive I've ever seen in an iApp but the drum edit could do with a little more than just level and pitch eg. reverse, adsr, pan

    The included songs/patterns/sounds leave a *lot* to be desired but I'm sure that users will come up with much better music (it would not be difficult!)

    Overall, ok. A little disappointing but with user input and subsequent revisions, this could be a great app but as it stands IMHO, it's not worth £5.99. 2.5/5


  3. wow! now i have to sit and wait to the hardware to show up, torture! 😉
    I could just buy the app, but its supposed to come free with the K/B.

    someone post some feedback on the app! 🙂


  4. It's got that kind of Akai “ugly-ness” to it, don't you think? Oh well, it's what it sounds like right? Not what it looks like? :p


  5. I'm not hearing good things here, does someone want to give it a review? So let me understand: no audiocopy, no sampler, no note velocity, no auditioning, and my, it is ugly. Fail? Personally I'll wait for more rounded releases coming out next month…


  6. disappointing that you can't preview sounds as you tweak them. Also, the arpeggiator leaves much to be desired. Still waiting for a good arp. on an iphone app. So far I like dopperpad's the best.


  7. Overal weak
    The synth is good but no cigar for The sequencer
    lets hope for updates

    or for nanostudio to kick its ass


  8. I just got it and despite it's shortcomings it's a decent app. Really though, how strange is it that if you want 16 pads and sample uploading, Beatmaker and the upcoming Nanostudio are your best bets. You'd think Akai might take some cues from…I don't know…an MPC maybe? Probably makes too much sense for a company not known for having much sense these last few years.


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