Well now there’s a full documentary about their work. I haven’t had time to watch all of it as yet, but I certainly will as I think that their products are excellent, fun, and a great place to start if you’re interested in hardware and micro-modular synths.
A new iPhone synth from the maker of the TF7 Synth. The app is free, and the IAP for the ‘Pro Pack’ is on sale at $2.99 until 31st March 17.
Here’s the detail on the app:
TF8 Synth is a professional virtual analog synthesiser that melds superior synthesis algorithms with iOS technologies. It is built with usability in mind, for live playing and for recording.
Features (with Purchase of Pro Pack) :
- 2 Main Oscillators (Saw, Square, Sine, Triangle and the coveted Roland-inspired Supersaw)
- 2 Sub Oscillators for each oscillator to give that added extra oomph
- 2 State of the art pure sounding filters, which can be used in series or parallel
- 2 LFOs for modulating almost any parameter in the synth
- 1 ADSR Envelope for the synth output
- 1 ADSR Envelope for controlling the filter cutoff frequencies
- 10 powerful effects comprising of Compressor, Distortion, Stereo Delay, Stereo Reverb, Reverse Delay, Stereo Chorus, Stereo Quad-Phase Phaser, Tube Distortion and Equalizer and Unison.
- Arpeggiator, time-step, velocity, gate with plenty of fun arpeggio patterns.
- Audiobus and Inter-app Audio for inter-app operability.
- Ableton Link can be used to sync arpeggiator and bpm-syncable effects.
- Midi controllers supported.
- Knobs are controllable via midi cc.
- Midi Out – use TF8 Synth as a midi controller!
From the deepest basses to the highest crystal bells, TF8 Synth sounds great, and is sure to be a worthy addition to your iOS music production arsenal. Best enjoyed with headphones.
After an initial false start by putting up the wrong version LayR is now with us and looks pretty interesting actually. Here’s all you need to know …
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.
LayR’s primary sounds are called Performances: A Performance is a set of Instruments where each instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of over 100 instruments each with it’s own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Voices are assigned to each layer in each instrument until the audio engine runs out of available voices. This means that with normal playing technique it is possible to create extremely complex texture on each note or even to have a single insane monophonic instrument equivalent to 100 synths all playing at once!
Every Layer has a dual oscillator which can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters and a mixer to blend the oscillator with filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (Frequency, Amplitude and Phase) there are two aux oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. 2 loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a millisecond to 100 seconds, a volume level ADSR and a random level generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.
Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage it is equally at home in the studio. LayR is provided with an extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths. There is also an 8 channel arpeggiator with a 16 step event sequencer for creating exciting polyrhythmic patterns. Full IAA and Audiobus compatibility means LayR can be used with hosts and other music apps on iOS.
- Optimised 32 bit Audio Engine.
- Up to 128 Voices ( 256 on iPad Pro ).
- Multi-Timbral with 8 individual stereo instrument outputs + full mix output.
- Multi Channel Arpeggiator with 16 step event sequencer.
- Stereo Delay, Reverb and EQ on output section.
- Ranged MIDI control for all parameters.
- AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatible.
- Performance and Program preset import & export via iTunes.
- Performance and Program preset sharing via iCloud Drive.
- Built-in Help
LayR is tested as thoroughly as possible and we hope there are no bugs left! If you do find one, rather than writing a negative review because of it, please report it to us either on our forum or by contacting support from our website. We hate bugs too and we’re always ready to stamp them out quickly!
LayR costs $19.99 on the app store now
This is just the kind of thing that inspires me to get that Teensy working at long last. What’s more the code is shared too. You can find it here.
It is also an interesting sign that app ideas and concepts are moving out of the iOS world and into other environments and technologies. To a degree this is true with Hermutt Lobby’s hardware excursion (below), and also HumbleTune’s Phase synth on PocketC.H.I.P.
My guess is that we’ll only see more of this, and personally I think that’s a good thing.
I’ve mentioned the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi a few times now, and this confirms that as a platform it is very capable. Sadly, according to this page “Currently, there are no plans to release as products and to publish the source codes“. Which is really sad.
Here are some details if you really want to make yourself sad …
High-Resolution (24bit/96kHz) 6-Polyphonic Innovative Raspberry Pi Synthesizer made by The Synth-Sennin (The Hermit Wizard of Synthesizer).
Version 2 Additional Functions
- Oscillator types (including Noise)
- Phase Mutator
- Pre / Post Clipper
The S³-6R is originally developed by The Synth-Sennin (The Hermit Wizard of Synthesizer) who was once a sound engineer of the Company “R”. It is innovative digital synthesizer which is clearly different from general analog modeling synthesizer.
Individual synthesis based on original phase control and modulation thinking (αα-Phase Modulation). Driving in High-Resolution (24bit/96kHz) and 6-Polyphonic. Also it is a feature that very low alias noise even if extreme modulation. It adopts a Raspberry Pi as a platform.
Currently, there are no plans to release as products and to publish the source codes.
Tim at Discchord called this ‘ugly’. I’m not sure it’s that bad, although it could do with a better description, or at the very least a bit fuller anyway.
Here’s what the developer says about DA ONE Synth:
The DA ONE synthesizer app provides you with a powerful synthesis engine combining digital and (virtual) analog synthesis methods, such as wavetable synthesis, vector waveform mixing, subtractive, additive, and frequency modulation synthesis. The individual blocks of this synthesizer are connected using an innovative and highly flexible routing system that allows millions of different configurations of oscillators, filters, and distortion blocks.
DA ONE Synth costs $7.99 on the app store now:
zMors Modular is excellent and now in 1.8 it just gets so much better. I’m a big fan of iPad apps that go universal. Here’s what’s new:
- zMors Modular is now universal (add iPhone support)
- new Presets from Stephan Bobinger
- new module 8 channel performance sequencer
- new module loop recorder
- new module swing clock modulation
- new module analog pitch correction
- fix a bug when try move the keyboard
- add knob labels to macro module
- resort AUv3 list
- allow select AUv3 presets
- switchable audio engine via setting app