LayR For iOS Updated With Wave Folder, 200+ New Presets

Living Memory Software has updated LayR, its multitimbral software synthesizer for iOS, adding a new Wave Folder in the synth engine, 200+ new Instrument Presets and more.

Here’s what’s new in LayR 1.0.7:

  • 200+ new Instrument presets from Brice.
  • A brand new Wave Folding distortion effect inserted between the 2 filters.
    ( Wave Folder is only active then Filter 2 has input from Filter 1 )
  • A new performance bank with a few Wave Folder demo presets.
  • New MIDI activity indicators added to Instrument views.
    (The arrows on the MIDI transpose control now flash when MIDI is received.)
  • New Voice Activity indicators added to all Mixer Strips.
    (Blue lights indicate voices are active for the Instrument or Layer.)
  • Added Mod and Bend wheel controls to the keyboard.
  • Added a “dark mode” for the keyboard:
    (The dark option can be set in the key edit view.)
  • Added an “Initialise” button to the Load Preset views.
    (Resets instrument or performance to default settings.)
  • Added an “Add Layer” button to Layer Strips in Performance view.
  • Tapping on the host button in IAA transport now switches directly to the host app.
  • In some IAA hosts LayR will now appear in it’s own “Living Memory” category.
  • Added copy & paste filter1 to filter2 and vice-versa in the layer clipboards.
    (To access clipboard on iPad, long-press on the background in the editor).
  • Instrument & Layer: Increased transpose limit from 36 to 72.
  • Renamed LayR’s main mix output to “LayR Main Stereo”.
  • Fixed: Instrument MIDI bank number incorrectly reset after loading an instrument.
  • Fixed: Tapping on the keyboard MIDI channel to enter channel number.

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.


  • 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

Pricing and Availability

LayR is available now for US $19.99.

If you’ve used LayR, share your thoughts on it in the comments!

3 thoughts on “LayR For iOS Updated With Wave Folder, 200+ New Presets

    1. The developer has commented on this before. “Why isn’t there an AudioUnit extension option for LayR?
      LayR was designed from the ground up as an AudioUnit.
      However during development it became clear that Apple’s AU implementation on iOS is not best suited to large complex applications. LayR provides separate outputs via Inter-App-Audio and, due to the nature of it’s parallel voice processing, it uses a constant CPU load and does not benefit from multiple instances as an AudioUnit. Another factor is user interface, Apple’s AU implementation severely limits the screen space available to units, LayR would be limited to it’s iPhone UI as an AU. There is also currently what looks like a bug in iOS which can cause some hosts to freeze in a certain circumstance. If that bug is confirmed and fixed we may re-consider our decision to limit LayR to IAA & Audiobus.”.
      That said, I really like that it supports individual audio out for instruments (I think the maximum is 8 channels plus the master).

  1. The developer doesn’t need an AU version. You can already use different synths as different instances. The interface wasn’t meant to be an AU interface

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