Living Memory Software has introduced LayR – a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone.
It’s optimized for 64-bit devices and delivers up to 256 voices of polyphony.
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 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.
LayR also features stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section.
There is also an 8 channel arpeggiator with a 16-step event sequencer for creating polyrhythmic patterns. Full IAA and Audiobus compatibility means LayR can be used with hosts and other music apps on iOS.
- Optimized 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
Here’s an in-depth walkthrough:
Pricing and Availability
LayR is available now for US $19.99 in the App Store.
If you’ve used LayR, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!