Modal Pro Modular Synth arrives for your iPad

I love it when things like this appear out of the blue. This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it out.

Here’s the app’s description:

Modal Pro is a powerful app that allows you to build your own synthesizers and effects by connecting various modules together. Inspired by classical modular synthesizers, Modal Pro is nevertheless designed specifically for the iPad with touch controls that allow you to tweak the sound just the way you want it.

More than a tool for building and playing, Modal Pro is also a great learning companion. Each module is documented in detail and an extensive tutorial is included to help even absolute beginners discover the world of synthesizers. Modal Pro allows you to explore the world of sound in your living room, on the train, at school or on stage.


Flexible and Intuitive Patching
Modal Pro allows you to connect modules whichever way you want. You can use any module to control any other module. You can even connect a module to itself. You’re not guaranteed to get an interesting sound, or even any sound at all but you’re guaranteed not to break anything. The touch interface allows you to rapidly connect and disconnect modules so that you can easily explore all sonic possibilities.

Easy-to-Use Touch Controls
Modal Pro features interface elements such as its custom “double sliders” that allow you adjust each detail of the sound intuitively and accurately. Controls are adjusted specifically for each type of parameter.

Analog Modeled Oscillators
Modal Pro’s oscillator modules are built to emulate the sound of classic analog synthesizer. The traditional waveforms sound rich and warm but because they are modeled rather than sample-based you can modulate them freely, in real-time and at audio rate. Go ahead, build an FM synth with bite, with sawtooths!

Two Workspaces
Modal Pro features two workspaces where you can build instruments or effects. The “Polyphonic Workspace” is typically where you build instruments, and offers up to 8 voices of polyphony. (Actual polyphony will vary depending on your iPad’s speed and complexity of the instrument.)

The Polyphonic Workspace is connected to the “Monophonic Workspace.” As the name implies, instruments that you build here can only play one sound at a time. This is the perfect place, however, for building effects that process the output of the Polyphonic Workspace.

The two workspaces are entirely separate. You save and load work on these workspaces independently so that you can easily change the effects that are applied to your polyphonic instrument.

The Preset Slider
The state of an instrument or effect can be saved as a preset. These presets are stored in the “Preset Slider,” which not only allows you to recall these states but also interpolate between them, making fluid and sometimes surprising transitions between presets possible.

The Keyboard
Modal Pro features a keyboard optimized for the iPad’s screen. The standard chromatic piano keyboard is complemented with many fixed-scale keyboards. Adjustable portamento allows you to slide notes individually.

Comprehensive Help
Feeling lost? Touch any module and the “Live Help” window will display a detailed description featuring not only an explanation of the module’s features but also advice about how to use it to get great sounds.

Modal Pro also comes with a lengthy tutorial to guide you through every feature, building your own simple synthesizer and effect along the way. In following releases, more tutorials will be added to help you learn the basics of sound design.


  • Modules
    • Oscillators
      • Sine/Square/Triangle/Sawtooth/White Noise/Pink Noise
    • Controls
      • ADSR(Envelope)/Simple Curve
    • Modulators
      • Amplifier/Mixer/Crossfade/Ring Modulator/Sample & Hold
    • Effects
      • Triple Filters/Delay/Lo-Fi
  • MIDI Controls
    • Note/Volume/Preset Control
  • Keyboard
    • Width : 9 octaves(scrollable)
    • Portamento : 3 presets(None/Legato/Glissando, intermediate value selectable)
    • Scales : 24
  • Outside-App Communication
    • CoreMIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioCopy

(Audiobus to be supported in next release)

Get Modal Pro on the App Store. It’s priced at $4.99 for launch.

Apologies for the delay, all the Grain Science codes have gone out now

Thanks for your patience and sorry if you didn’t get one, but there’s going to be even more great stuff coming your way from tomorrow. So, stay tuned!

And of course, a massive thank you to Wooji Juice for the codes for their excellent app Grain Science.

Patchblock unboxing

The Grain Science Promo Code Give Away is now closed

The codes will be going out to winners in the next hour or so, and when they have I’ll post a quick note so you’ll know if you’ve got one or not.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Wooji Juice for providing the codes, and we all look forward to seeing their new app, Mitosynth very soon.

One hour left to enter the Grain Science Promo Code Give Away

Make Things Do Stuff talk to Dentaku

An interesting piece from Make Things Do Stuff as they interview Dentaku’s Mark and Joe about the Ototo board which was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

It’s been almost a month since we found out about Mitosynth

Last month Wooji Juice announced their new synth in development Mitosynth, and revamped their web site too.

I’m really looking forward to the new synth, especially from what I’ve seen in these preview screen shots here, and here, and you can hear what Mitosynth sounds like from this audio demo too.

I think it’s going to be good!

AnaddrSynth for iPad arrives

AnaddrSynth (An Adder Synth) is a sound synthesis tool comprised of three configurable oscillators, hi/lo/moving filters, a wah-wah effect, an echo/delay effect, and configurable attack-decay-sustain-release and modulation modules. Please see the support URL for the many additions to be made available in future updates.

The app is priced at $3.99.

And then there were more tutorials fom Wooji Juice for their Grain Science app

Wooji continued to bring helpful videos for user, following up with these two next:

And that’s why you need a synth that makes engine sounds and only engine sounds

MotorsMob is an engine sound synthesizer. It simulates realistic existing cars as well as futuristic ones. Simply choose your preferd car, and enjoy the roaring ride !

Vehicles available lists:

  • Sport
  • Electrical
  • sci-fi
  • motorcycle
  • 4×4
  • toy

This app is free

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