Pea Hicks & Stefan Stenzel have introduced iOptigan, an iOS software recreation of the rare Optigan sample playback keyboard.
iOptigan is a virtual Optigan on your iPad or iPhone, complete with all 40 original sound discs (25 included with app purchase, an additional 15 via in-app purchase) and all the lo-fi character and quirks of the original.
As shown in the video above, you can setup iOptigan with a MIDI keyboard to approximate the playing experience of a real Optigan (chord buttons on the iPad, keys on the keyboard). But you can also control iOptigan via MIDI.
iOptigan faithfully emulates the unique playback characteristics of the Optigan, ie the “constant loop” of both the chord section and the keyboard. You also get tempo, reverb and balance controls that also behave as the original hardware.
Here’s a playlist of videos demoing the iOptigan in action:
- Disc loading rigth-side-up or upside-down
- Spring Reverb (virtual)
- Optical Metronome
- Audio Demo for each Disc
- MIDI in/ou
- MIDI chord detection
- MIDI File Import
- Sequencer with Record and Playback
- Sharing for songs as Audio and MIDI File
- iTunes File Sharing
- Inter-App Audio
- Smart background audio
- Help overlay
- Headphone optimized stereo (optional)
- Radio Mode for Chord Buttons or Keyboard
- Comfortable speed control in semitones or BPM
Pricing and Availability
iOptigan is now available for US $4.99 in the App Store. The app features 25 ‘sound discs’, and an additional 15 are available via a $5.99 In-App purchase.