New Polyphonic Modular Synth For iOS, KQ MiniSynth

polyphonic-modular-software-synthDeveloper Ryouta Kira has introduced KQ MiniSynth – a polyphonic modular synthesizer for iOS.

The software modular lets you create patches with up to 100 modules and supports hardware MIDI control and Inter-App Audio.

It requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

This app implements the following modules: Continue reading

Free Bass Soft Synth Is SH-IT

SH-it-Bass_2VST4Free has released SH-it Bass – a free bass virtual instrument for OS X & Windows, based on samples from the Roland SH-101 synthesizer.

Description:

25 notes were carefully tuned and recorded from 3 layers for a total of 55 samples.

You can make your own sound by mixing between the main oscillator (osc 1+2 from the SH-101), the sub oscillator and the noise generator.

Here’s the official video preview: Continue reading

The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

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Best of 2015
: We asked and you voted on the Best New Mobile Music Apps of 2015.

Synthtopia readers picked Olympia Noise Co’s Patterning Drum Machine as the best new mobile music app of 2015. Patterning could be the poster child using mobile devices for music, pairing polyrhythmic + polymetric power with a great UI and an surprisingly modest price tag (US $7.99).

The granular synth app Borderlands 2.0 took the second spot in our reader’s poll, followed by Ableton Link – which is not a conventional app, per se, but a new technology that makes it easier to jam with multiple mobile and desktop devices.

Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of the best new mobile music making apps of 2015!   Continue reading

Waves Audio Now Shipping Element 2.0 Virtual Analog Synth

Waves_Audio_Elements_2-0Waves Audio is now shipping  Element 2.0 – a virtual analog synth for Mac & Windows that they say is perfect for ‘searing leads, gritty basses, lush pads, electro-percussion, sequential motions, mind-blowing FX and lots more’.

Element 2.0 includes five integrated effects, a 16-step sequencer, MIDI learn for all controls, and a massive, fully tweakable preset library.

Here’s a video intro: Continue reading

Beep Street Intros Dagger Circuit-Modeled Monosynth

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Beep Street has introduced Dagger – a new monophonic synthesizer, for Mac & Windows, based on circuit-modeling technology.

According to the developer, “Dagger captures the spirit of analogue synths, but does not try to emulate any of them, its designed from the ground up to bring you its own distinctive, bold character.”

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

IRCAM Intros IRCAMAX – 12 Devices For Max For Live

ircamax-max-for-liveFrench electronic music center IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) has intrroduced IRCAMAX 2, their second collection of Max For Live devices.

Audio effects, instruments and a MIDI effect make up this collection of tools for advanced audio processing, sound design and creative experimentation.

Here’s a rundown of the Pack’s instruments and effects. Continue reading

Votan Telepathy 2 Now Available For iPhone, iPad & OS X

votan-telepathy-ipadDigital Music Technology has released Votan Telepathy v2.0 – a majorupdate to their software synth for iPad, iPhone and OS X.

Votan Telepathy has a subtractive synthesis engine, containing quad arrays (4x) of Oscillators, Filters, LFO’s, Envelopes, and FX Blocks. These sound shaping modules are built around an 8 Slot Modulation Matrix, which routes the modulators to any Telepathy Synth or FX parameter destination.

Cloud-based communication lets you share sounds wirelessly across iOS devices and OS X. It also lets you use the iOS app as a low-latency touch controller for the synth in your DAW.

Here’s what’s new in Votan Telepathy 2: Continue reading