Developer Daniel Resnick has released Synthecaster – a new software synth that fuses elements from guitars and keyboards into a full range polyphonic instrument. According to Resnick, Synthecaster ‘fits on a mobile screen, yet allows for technical playing styles such as shredding and complex chord formation’.
- Keys are arranged in string-like rows (tuned in perfect fourths by default)
- Sliding across keys in a row results in legato sliding or portamento gliding from note to note
- Sliding a key up or down will bend its pitch in the same direction
- Several notes can be played on the same row simultaneously
- Up to 5 notes can be played simultaneously
- The entire keyboard spans over 6 octaves (not including the range added by oscillator tuning)
Synthecaster’s audio is generated by a highly configurable polyphonic synth engine:
- Dual oscillators with individual tuning
- Filter with envelope sweeping
- Amplifier ADSR envelope
- Soft clip, hard clip, bitcrush, and downsampling distortion
- LFO assignable to amplitude, filter cutoff, or oscillator tuning
- Stereo flanger, chorus, and delay effects
- Over 30 preloaded synth presets
- Create custom presets and share them using AirDrop, Messages, or Mail
- High quality 44.1 kHz stereo audio output
- Audiobus compatibility
Here’s an unofficial demo video, via thesoundtestroom:
Synthecaster is available in the App Store.
If you’ve used Synthecaster, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!