$8.99 App Turns iPad, iPhone Or iPod touch Into A Hardware MIDI Synthesizer

iPad Music Software:  Tempo Rubato has announced Nlog MIDI Synth (App Store link) – a new iOS synth that they describe as a “professional virtual analogue synth”.

NLog MIDI Synth is based on the company’s NLOg synth, but adds hardware MIDI support, via the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer. Tempo Rubato says that other interfaces, like Akai’s Synthstation, will be supported in future updates. The app is also usable without MIDI interface with an on-screen keyboard.

NLog MIDI Synthesizer includes full hardware MIDI implementation for note on/off including velocity control, pitch bend, sustain pedal, modulation wheel and assignable MIDI controller.

NLog MIDI Synth turns an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a hardware synth for $8.99, which is a very interesting development. We’re expecting MIDI support to become a de facto requirement for iOS synths in the next few months.

Check out NLog MIDI Synth and let us know what you think!

Here’s what Tempo Rubato has to say about NLog MIDI Synth’s features:


  • Over one hundred parameters and options
  • More than your beloved hardware synths might offer
  • Store up to 96 own edits in 3 user banks
  • Exchange sounds with your friends by email


  • Professional 44.1 kHz Stereo CD quality
  • Internal 32bit floating point engine
  • Highly efficient sound algorithms
  • Enabling maximum CPU performance of your iPhone / iPod devices

STAGE safe KEYBOARD implementation

  • Fully customizable keyboard to your personal style
  • Keeps all settings automatically in your preferences
  • Famous SLIDING keyboard and LOCK options
  • Double manual option: two independent keyboards on screen
  • POLY, MONO & LEGATO modes
  • Optional velocity control
  • Four different key sizes
  • Full range of 6 1/2 octaves

Fully customizable EXPRESSION CONTROL

  • Realistic PITCH BEND and MOD WHEEL implementation
  • X/Y two dimensional controller
  • Four fully customizable PERFORMANCE knobs
  • Keyboard with VERTICAL modulation control

Incredible FAT & RICH:

  • New filter implementation for SMOOTH and JUICY control with 7 FILTER types
  • Incredible UNISONO mode for up to 4 parallel sounds with detune, delay and panning control

Sound Editing Features:

  • 2 Oscilators with 20 waveforms:
    • classic analouge SIN, SAWTOOTH, TRIANLGE and SQUARE
    • and 16 additional carefully designed wavetables
  • True PWM pulsewidth modulation
  • Modulated by LFO or envelope
  • Frequency modulation
    • Sinusoidal and complex waveforms
    • Modulation by LFO and envelope
  • Ring modulation
  • Noise generator
  • 7 filter types
    • Low Passes, High Passes & Band Passes
    • Finest sweeps and smoothest cutoff tuning
    • Carefully resonating
    • 12 & 24dB option for steepness
  • 3 Envelope generators
    • Classic Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release
    • Velocity controlled attack time
  • 2 Modulation LFOs
    • 4 waveforms
    • Sample & hold
    • Fade in delay
  • Rich set of modulation parameter
    • Organized into 3 modulation pages
    • Exclusive modulation envelope
  • Multi-effect section
    • Stereo delay with cross-feed and damping filter
    • chorus
    • distortion

13 thoughts on “$8.99 App Turns iPad, iPhone Or iPod touch Into A Hardware MIDI Synthesizer

  1. Hi Synth Friends,

    just to avoid confusion:

    The iPhone / iPod touch version called "NLog MIDI Synth" is currently in AppStore available. Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag80wTh4nK8

    The iPad version is called "NLog Synth PRO" is in beta right now. It also supports external MIDI, but has more power like
    – 4 osc
    – 2 filter
    – 4 lfo
    – 4 env
    – modulation matrix
    – more effects like reverb, parametric eq, phaser, flanger

    The video in the blog above is showing the iPad version, not the iPhone version.


    The iPad

  2. Nice – Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer support. For me, getting MIDI in and out is key to integrating iPhone and iPad into my musical workflow. No, I need a synth like this that support a Multi-mode with 16 splits and layers so I could combine iPhone with Tenori-On.

  3. Rolf – thanks for the clarification on this. I updated the video embed to be accurate.

    How about new names for different synths, though? That or one synth that works on iPad & iPhone?

  4. Rolf – thanks for the clarification on this. I updated the video embed to be accurate.

    How about new names for different synths, though? That or one version of the synth?

  5. Putzi

    Did you see the iPad MIDI step sequencer that was on Synthtopia a week or two back? It looked like what you are describing.

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