Moog Music has released their new software synthesizer for the iPad, Animoog, which features what Moog calls its Anisotropic Synth Engine.
Moog calls Animoog the ‘first professional synth for the iPad’. That’s a pretty bold statement, considering that there are already some excellent synths for the iPad. But Moog has as good a track record as anyone at putting out great-sounding synths.
- Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE) – A new Moog technology that allows the user to move dynamically through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create a constantly evolving soundscape.
- Timbre page – Assemble unique sounds in the X/Y space from timbres of a wide variety of vintage and modern Moog synthesizers and pedals. Note: this is NOT simple sample playback.
- Polyphonic Modulation – Slide your fingers to control multiple modulation parameters in Animoog right from the keys.
- Polyphonic Pitch Shifting – Manipulate the exact pitch of each note in a chord by rotating or sliding your fingers.
- Delay Module – A classic analog style ping pong delay.
- Thick Module – From bit crushing to unison voice detuning and drive, this module adds depth, edge and character to Animoog’s sound palette.
- Moog Filter – The classic four-pole Moog ladder filter with High Pass, Low Pass and Band Pass modes.
- Record Module – Record your performance and overdub new layers, or play along live. Transfer recordings between Animoog and any other apps which support AudioCopy/AudioPaste
- Path Module – Direct ASE through Animoog’s X/Y space to create new sounds.
- Orbit Module – Control the rate of orbit in the X/Y space around the path you created for ‘subtle to insane’ voice manipulation.
- Flexible Modulation Matrix – Amp, Filter and Mod Envelopes, LFO with continuously variable wave shapes and sync, and four flexible and assignable modulation slots.
- MIDI in/out – Use any other MIDI controller to control Animoog.
Here are some screen shots from Animoog:
Moog has released Animoog at an introductory price of $.99, because they say they “want as many people as possible to experience Animoog.” The regular price will be $29.99.
Check out the Animoog specs, screen shots and audio previews and let us know what you think of Moog’s new iPad synth and its Anisotropic Synth Engine. Time to buy an iPad?
And if you’ve tried out Animoog – leave a comment with your thoughts!
Moog Animoog Tour
Here’s the official Moog tour of Animoog:
Here are some audio demos of Animoog:
A manual for Animoog is available for download via the Moog site (.pdf). At this point, though, the manual could be charitably called incomplete. We’d like to see Moog create a manual equal to the app itself.
Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE)
Animoog, powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), is a polyphonic synthesizer for the iPad. ASE is designed to let you move dynamically through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create constantly evolving soundscapes.
According to Moog, ‘Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesisers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling you to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.’
Anisotropy is the property of being directionally dependent, as opposed to isotropy, which implies identical properties in all directions. It can be defined as a difference, when measured along different axes, in a material’s physical or mechanical properties.