AnalogKit For iPad “A Music Hacker’s Paradise”

analogkitBitcount has introduced AnalogKit for iPad – an app that lets you play, share, and build synths and effects in ‘an incredible digital playground’.

Analogkit takes full advantage of its digital nature and lets you hook anything into anything or chain together as many of a thing as you like,

According to the developers, ‘AnalogKit allows you to build nearly anything you can dream of’:

  • Piece together controls, effects and signal generators into any gear you can imagine.
  • 50+ included core components
  • Share your creations with the community via the built-in Swap Meet, or browse, live-preview, and download gear built by other users.
  • Compatible with many external audio interfaces so you can run AnalogKit as an effects board for mics, guitars, and other analog instruments.
  • Full USB, Bluetooth, and WiFi MIDI support to let you use your favorite external controllers
  • Advanced optimization algorithms enable you to run tens of thousands of basic modules in real-time on a modern iPad.
  • Anti-aliased oscillators

Note: There are not currently any audio or video demos of AnalogKit at the developer’s site.

AnalogKit is available for US $9.99 in the App Store.

24 thoughts on “AnalogKit For iPad “A Music Hacker’s Paradise”

  1. DOCUMENTATION????????????

    really, just a few screen shots, no manual, or even a list of the 50 modules.

    Its specs look cool, but would like just a little more.
    maybe some demo sound and video

    1. After a little bit of poking around in the app, I discovered that there’s reasonably documentation provided in the app itself, for example when you pick a module to add to your set-up.

      Not sure this is helpful if you’re examining somebody else’s existing patch for example.

      And I’m still confused about how to make a polyphonic patch.

      1. The term ‘analog’ just need to go away in the digital world, along with the sexy 3-D renderings.

        It’s subtractive synthesis or analog-modeled circuits.

        1. But isn’t it self-explanatory? If you have a piece of software defined as ‘analog’ then you know it is modeled, it is VA. But we should stop using ‘analog’ and replace it with the real word ‘analogue’, as it is suitably intelligent, proper and fitting.

          But ban those 3D renders of soft-synths. Just because they are getting too good – occasionally I see a image of what looks like an amazing piece of hardware only to discover they maxed out the rays on a render for some silly bit of software – hang the bastards.

  2. Yeah the name of the App really does not fit well and yes the documentation had to come out…I downloaded it to sketch ideas out….works great on my ipad2 and it sounds good..I guess since I have modular in my studio I understand how these modules are to be patched! I’m enjoying this App immensely!

  3. I just bought it. Was too curious. I have to say i am pretty amazed. Maybe i am too new to the ipad things but the app really makes you think and be creative. Apart from a few little glitches which show me that they need to update it soon. I love the idea. Its like Lego for adults combined with sound

  4. This is quite a stunning achievement, it’s truly Reaktor for iPad.
    I played with it a bit, and everything is built our of really basic modules, there’s even an FFT module built from discrete maths blocks!
    It can do physical modelling, and there’s a demo “Game of Life” oscillator.

    But the lack of documentation is absolutely criminal and renders the app nearly unusable.

  5. I just got it, and after playing for 15 minutes I’m really impressed. Great sound (for digital) and lots and lots of flexibility. Not at all like other modular apps for the iPad. As Richard said, it’s very much like Reaktor. Like Reaktor you have to dive really deep and know what you’re doing to fully use it. Very little documentation (each component shows a brief description when you select it in the browser) but I’m pretty sure I can figure out everything I’ve seen based on knowing modulars, Reaktor and digital synthesis techniques. In other words you kinda already have to know what you’re doing to get the most out of this app. But it has some really nice playable pre-built synths and demos so, like Reaktor, you can get a lot out of it without understanding any of the innards.

  6. Interested to know how this compares to Zmors Modular, particularly in terms of how deep each goes into detail, relative to the other. Can anyone shed some light?

  7. Simple solution to the “analog” issue… Run the synth through stereo valve amp. Haven’t tried this synth yet but I will. A positive comparison to Reaktor is a good sign.

  8. Here is the link to the Soundcloud page, there was a typo in the link on the product site:

    I have no idea if all tracks listed on the Soundcloud page were created with this app. I pinged the support email address on the product page for elaboration, but haven’t heard any confirmation one way or the other.

    Looks like a cool, fun little app. I’m not expecting too much from it, but at a $10 price point, what the hell. As long as its not utterly frustrating or sound awful, at the least a fun toy would prolly be satisfactory. SOmething awesome would of course be better 🙂

  9. Hey guys, I’m UI/UX designer at Bitcount, the makers of AnalogKit. Wow, it got active in here since I last checked this thread.

    We’ve got demo videos in the works and should have them on youtube in the next couple days. We’re a tiny team of just 3 guys, so had to leave some things and prioritize getting the app out the door. For now we’re mostly just squashing the few bugs we found at launch (like iOS7 crashing ..a patch is making its way through the review process as we speak) and getting our marketing materials rolled out. In the meantime the haQ attaQ vid linked above is a great start.

    Soundcloud: Everything on the soundcloud account:
    …was built with AnalogKit, sometimes with physical instruments plugged in using the app as an effects processor. Most (I want to say all, but unsure) of the tracks are also live and not multitracked. You can make a hell of a lot lot of sounds with two iPads, two copies of the app and two experienced users.

    Audiobus: there’s absolutely Audiobus support. This thread ( ) has our two devs answering Audiobus-related questions.

    If you’d like to ask general questions, we created – myself and our DSP engineer are moderating it. There’s a wiki at that we hope will become a repository for knowledge about specific modules, and be a good reference when building.

    If I can answer any questions, drop me a line here, via or We’re also on twitter at

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