First iOS Synthesizer, miniSynth, Updated

minisynthBack in 2008 when the App Store was very young, Yonac released miniSynth, the very first iOS synthesizer.

Now Yonac has updated the soft synth, releasing miniSynth 2. It’s been updated¬†with Audiobus output, audio copy/paste, SoundCloud support and MIDI In port for playing miniSynth with an external controller or a virtual-MIDI app.

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Magellan for iPad – Working With Dual Synths

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Here’s a quick intro to Yonac Software’s new software synth, Magellan for iPad.

The video explores one of the more unique features of Magellan – the twin independent polyphonic synth engines. It covers: loading presets, foregrounding a synth, adjusting parameters, synth coupling, and other advanced settings.

Magellan is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

If you’ve tried out Magellan – let us know what you think of it!

The Korg Monotron, Monotron Duo & Monotron Delay Compared

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Korg has released this video that features product manager James Sajeva taking a look at the Monotron line:

  • The original Korg Monotron;
  • Monotron Duo; &
  • Monotron Delay.

The minisynths in the Monotron line share the fact that they are portable and self-contained, offering a keyboard, controls, speaker and battery power.

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More Teenage Engineering OP-1 Action

Here’s a little more Teenage Engineering OP-1 action from NAMM, via Richard Devine.

The OP-1 didn’t quite make our best of NAMM list, mainly because the expected $700 price tag puts it into the price range of instruments that offer more serious traditional playability. The OP-1 was still one of the highlights of the show, though.

Teenage Engineering is trying to get their costs down, though. If they’re successful, this could be wildly popular.

The Tic Tac Synthesizer – Tiny Synth Fits Into A Tic Tac Box

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This is a demo of the tiny Tic Tac Synthesizer:

You can vary the tune tempo and switch between a pentatonic and blues scale as well as producing a variety of percussion sounds.

Load up a different program and it will compose its own percussion rhythms (Tic Tac Beat Box) or play with half a dozen different musical scales (Tic Tac Scales).

Another cool feature is no power switch – It will hibernate when it’s not being used.

This is a DIY project – see Instructables for details.

via AndyGadget, Make

The Korg microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

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This is a demo video for the modern mini-synth classic, the Korg microKorg synthesizer.


State-of-the-art analog modeling and multi-band vocoding are available in a compact, portable instrument. With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is designed for the performer, producer, computer musician or beginner looking for an affordable synthesizer.

Korg microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder Features:

  • 128 user-rewritable programs
  • 37-key mini keyboard
  • Powerful synthesis
  • Classic vocoding
  • A full range of effects
  • Great sounds and expression
  • Flexible arpeggiator (6 types)
  • Clear control and classic looks
  • Can serve as a compact MIDI controller

EM’s David Battino had this to say about the Korg microKorg:

It’s easy to slip into critic mode and forget that making music is supposed to be fun. The MicroKorg is frustrating if you expect to play and program it like a full-size keyboard synthesizer, but as a portable, creative gadget, it stands alone. If you can justify spending $500 on a terrific-sounding musical toy (and I use that word in a very positive sense), you won’t go wrong with the MicroKorg.

The Korg microKorg retails for $399.

If you’ve used the Korg microKorg – leave a comment with your thoughts!

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