The Moog Model 15 App (universal) arrives!


So this was out of the blue wasn’t it! An amazing new app for iOS, and it’s universal. Here are all the details …

The Moog Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

* The Model 15 App requires iOS version 9.3 or later to work. *

Each facet of the Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer has been meticulously recreated in this application to ensure the power and transcendent sound quality of each module remains intact. The character, harmonic complexity and mystique of the Moog Model 15’s modules, from the legendary Moog 921–series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank have been painstakingly preserved.

In order to develop the most immersive and expressive modular interface possible, the Model 15 App has been designed utilizing Apple’s new Metal advanced graphics engine. This ensures that all zooming, panning and modular patching throughout the application feels completely natural, something that would have been impossible otherwise.

The Model 15 App features both monophonic and 4-voice polyphonic operation is easily commanded via 4 seamlessly integrated controllers. Simple swipes and taps provide instant access to a traditional Moog keyboard, 1150 ribbon controller, 8-step sequencing arpeggiator and the award-winning Animoog keyboard with 22 built-in scales and polyphonic modulation capabilities.

Also included are extended features which expand the capabilities of the app beyond the traditional offerings of the hardware Moog Model 15. These include total MIDI integration, assignment for external control, use as a MIDI controller, dedicated Audio Bridge and MIDI Bridge modules, looping recorder module with overdubbing, a master ping-pong delay module and a new extension cabinet that includes additional amplifiers and voltage-controlled reversible attenuators that can be used for effects like ring-modulation.

Because the Model 15 App utilizes Apple’s Metal technology, only 64-bit devices are supported. Compatible devices include iPhone 5s or newer, iPod touch 6 or newer, iPad Air or newer, and the iPad Pro.

Additional Features:

  • Ships with over 160 unique presets
  • Recreates the sound of a hardware Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer
  • Easily share presets and recordings with anyone
  • Tutorial patches to assist all experience levels
  • Intuitive patching and cable coloring
  • Support for landscape and portrait modes
  • Voltage-controlled stereo ping-pong delay
  • Expressive sequencing arpeggiator
  • Moog 1150 Ribbon controller
  • Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing
  • Up to two controllers on-screen (iPad only)
  • Optional left-handed UI operation


  • 3D Touch and Apple Pencil integration for after pressure
  • Note-per-channel MIDI controllers
  • Ableton Link
  • Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
  • MIDI Bridge and Audio Bridge
  • 7 and 14-Bit MIDI
  • MIDI Program Change
  • Bluetooth LE MIDI controllers
  • Typing keyboards for shortcuts and musical typing
  • AudioCopy, AudioPaste and AudioShare

The Model 15 costs $29.99 (£22.99) on the app store now:

Moments in mobile music: 1 – miniMusic

As I mentioned yesterday I’m planning to talk about 10 ‘moments’ in mobile music that were important for me, and number 1 is miniMusic. It was a very big impact on my own personal journey into mobile music.

In fact, if I look back at the last few years I’ve cited miniMusic in lots of times and important moments.

When I look back to PalmSounds 5 year anniversary I was talking about miniMusic too. I don’t know what kind of percentage of overall posts on PalmSounds are about miniMusic, but I would guess it’s comparatively high.

Of course miniMusic did venture ever so briefly into the iOS world with the PianoFly Pro Synth, which was to be followed up with Tympanum, although that sadly never arrived. In fact they had big plans in the early iOS days back in 2008, which is when I did an interview with Chad from miniMusic.

I’ve been talking about miniMusic and Palm OS apps for a long time but I keep on reminding people about those days. Even in December last year I wrote a long piece in response to a question from Marc Weidenbaum from Disquiet all about early Palm OS apps and using them.

So you may be wondering why it’s so important:

When I first bought a PDA, a Palm III I had no idea that it could be used in any way to make music. In fact I pretty much used it just for being organised. Or at least that’s what I did to start with. As I started to discover sites like PalmGear and others I found a lot of different uses for my Palm and then I started to find some musical uses too. It was the beginning of something amazing, something that I’d be sharing with you for a long time!

miniMusic was a little revelation to me. I can’t tell you how much time I spent checking out every page on that site and following up every link. I found out everything there was to find out about making music on a PDA, and most of that was before PalmSounds was even started.

So that was where I began, and I can talk about music on a PDA for just about as long as you want (Mr Concreted0g will confirm this)!

My next moment will continue my journey in mobile music, and it’ll be with you in the next day or so …

Video: Infinite Looper 1.1

Infinite Looper on the app store:

Aleph Looper on the app store:

TextMusic is here and looks very interesting


Here’s a very curious looking app, in fact, something I’d really like to try out. For now here’s the app’s description …

TextMusic is a quick-notate App based on Jianpu ( Numbered musical notation ), all musical sheet elements are composed of texts. It build-in 89 kinds of instrument, and support up to 32 voice parts.

Main features:

  • Rational designed keyboard for quick notation.
  • Build-in 89 Instruments sound
  • Export and share with MIDI, PNG, PDF, TXT
  • Support Multi-parts, Chords, Tuplets, Portamento, Loops..
  • Musical Tags
  • Varying tempo, Varying Volume, Varying Instrument..
  • Font adjustment
  • Color adjustment
  • Automatic layout notes by inputing bar-line
  • Playback, Select, Copy, Cut, Paste, Undo
  • Friendly UI

Please learn more in “Settings” – “Help” – “Reference Manual”

What’s New in version 1.1:

1. Also supports non-retina devices.
2. Minor bug fixes.

TextMusic costs $6.99 on the app store:

Video: CHAiOS SYNTH 2.1 is coming soon! Introducing new feature “SETS”

Video description:

“CS2.1 comes with the new feature “SETS”. Now It’s easy to save your sounds, loops and beats. Or you trigger sets on the fly to play different parts of a song. Check out this video to get an idea of “SETS”!”

Video published by MrRonZimmer.

CHAiOS SYNTH on the app store:

Happy birthday PianoFly Pro Synth!

PianoFly Pro Synth from miniMusic was first released today, the third of May, in 2009. Of course, miniMusic are one of the original pioneers of mobile music, starting with their ground breaking Palm OS apps, so it was great to see them bring out PianoFly back in 2009.

Back in 2011: Things that I missed back then

And to an extent, I still do miss them, but Palm OS really is over, and even though I like to tinker with it occasionally I can’t see me doing anything really serious with it.

However, never say never, right?

Back in 2010: The mobile music alphabet – C

Another mobile musical alphabet that would look very different now than in 2010. So what would your apps or hardware beginning with C look like now?

Here’s what it was for me in 2010.

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