Don’t get me wrong. It’s a very nice surprise all in all. In fact it’s great that Electro-Harmonix have delivered these two apps (one for iPhone and one for iPad). I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Here are all the details …

Electro-Harmonix, a pioneer since 1968 in the field of sound effects pedals for musicians, has produced an app which is a faithful digital re-creation of their circa 1980 analog cult-classic, The MINI-SYNTHESIZER.

Available for iPad and iPhone (IOS version 8.0 or later), the EHX MINI-SYNTHESIZER accurately delivers all the vintage synth sounds of the original plus modern updates.

EHX President and Founder, Mike Matthews stated: “Fans of vintage synths will appreciate the apps ability to recreate the original’s warm analog sounds and deep funky bass, but because it’s so affordable ($2.99 for phone, $4.99 for tablet) and user-friendly, parents, educators and non-musicians will love it, too.”

The MINI-SYNTHESIZER app comes with 22 presets and the ability to store an almost unlimited number of user presets programs.

Intuitive, flexible and powerful control are provided by the MINI-SYNTHESIZER’s 12 sliders and nine switches. Here’s a breakdown of the user interface:

OSC Section

  • PITCH slider lets the player raise or lower the pitch of the note by +/- 1 octave
  • SUB-OCTAVE slider introduces a note one octave below what’s being played for extra bottom
  • OCTAVE UP switch causes the note being played to jump up one octave.
  • TUNE knob lets the player tune the MINI-SYNTHESIZER to other instruments and sound sources over a +/- 50 cents range.

FILTERS Section

  • PHASE RATE slider adjusts the speed of the phase shifter
  • FILTER START sets the start frequency of the filter sweep
  • FILTER STOP sets the stop frequency of the filter sweep
  • SWEEP RATE controls the speed of the filter sweep
  • PHASE switch turns the effect on/off
  • 2X FILTER switch changes how the audio passes through the filters (either in parallel or in series)
  • Q switch sets the amount of resonance on the filter sweep
  • RETRIGGER switch turns the filter retrigger on/off

DELAY Section

  • TIME slider adjusts the delay time up to two seconds
  • FEEDBACK controls the number of echo repeats
  • BLEND adjusts the mix of the original signal and the echo repeats
  • DELAY switch turns the effect on/off

REVERB Section

  • AMOUNT slider adjusts the reverb effect level
  • BLEND slider controls the mix of the wet and dry signals
  • REVERB switch turns reverb on/off
  • REVERB>DELAY switch lets the user place either Delay or Reverb first in the effects chain for a variety of cool sound effects.

MISCELLANEOUS CONTROLS

  • VOL (Volume) slider adjusts the MINI-SYNTHESIZER’s overall sound output level
  • POLY/MONO switch toggles between polyphonic (four notes can be played simultaneously) or monophonic (only one note can be played at a time) modes
  • PRESETS pop-down menu displays the presets available and allows the user to instantly select one
  • HORIZONTAL slider lets the player adjust the keyboards sounding range over an expansive eight-octave range.
  • RIBBON Interface lets the player perform portamento (glide up or down to pitch), vibrato and other expressive playing.

The easy-to-use Electro-Harmonix MINI-SYNTHESIZER App is loaded with great sounds and features and is sure to appeal to serious musicians and non-musicians alike.

MINI-SYNTHESIZER for iPhone ($2.99 on the app store):

MINI-SYNTHESIZER for iPad ($4.99 on the app store):

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