VirSyn iSyn Poly Electronic Music Studio (Sneak Preview)

iPad Music Software: VirSyn has announced iSyn Poly – a new electronic music studio for the Apple iPad.

iSyn Poly features three fully programmable virtual analog synthesizers and a drum machine. Each synthesizer is an analog modeling synth with three oscillators, a classic 24 db/oct ladder-style lowpass filter, independent filter and amp envelope generators, and full modulation routings.

iSyn Poly also includes a sample playback-based drum machine with seventeen kits, each containing eight samples. Drum samples include 808, 909, modular synth drums and numerous 80’s drum machines. Volume, pan and decay time are individually adjustable and pitches are tunable over a wide range for crazy effects.

The sequencer let you arrange complete songs and can record the notes and controller movements of your performance. The gesture oriented user interface makes it ideal for live editing of notes and automations.

With the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit you can use a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard to control iSyn Poly.

Check out the details below.

Pricing and details for iSyn Poly are to be announced.


  • Three Independent Synthesizers
    • Three oscillators with sawtooth, pulse, triangle and sine waves. Modulations routings: LFO->pitch, filter ADSR->cutoff, LFO->pulse width.
    • White/Pink noise generator.
    • Classic 24 dB/oct  ladder-style lowpass filter with drive parameter. Modulations routings:  LFO->Cutoff, Filter ADSR->Cutoff, Velocity sensitivity with external keyboard.
    • Amp section includes distortion with drive, asymmetry and crusher (bit reducer) parameters.
    • Control matrix allows real time control of five parameters using the X/Y touch pad, the modulation wheel of an external keyboard and the tilt sensors of the iPad.
    • Arpeggiator for automated sequences.
    • 64 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.
  • Drum Machine
    • Eight simultaneous instruments arranged into eight user-selectable drum kits.
    • Editor page allows tuning, panning, level and decay time for individual instruments.
  • Effects Section
    • iSyn Poly features one global effects unit with phaser, flanger, chorus and stereo/cross delay.
    • Effects amount is individually settable for each of the synths and drum machine.
  • Live
    • Play melodies live with onscreen keyboard/drum pads. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
    • Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.
  • Full featured Sequencer
    • Four track sequencer with piano roll and automation editor.
    • Record what you play live with the onscreen keyboard/drum pads or using an external CoreMIDI compatible keyboard.
    • Real time quantize function and metronome for recording.
    • Arrange your songs with variable length patterns ( 1 – 99 bars ). Move and copy/paste patterns.
    • Recording and playback of X/Y Pad movements, modulation wheel, pitch bend and key velocity.
    • Full set of editing functions with unlimited undo.
    • Modeless gesture optimized editing.
  • Global
    • Manage unlimited number of songs.
    • Render song or patterns to audio and midi files.
    • Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps (e.g. Intua BeatMaker and many others)
    • Exchange songs and user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.

6 thoughts on “VirSyn iSyn Poly Electronic Music Studio (Sneak Preview)

  1. Looks like it covers the bases. Those knobs are ugly as hell. And knowing these guys, I bet it's on the expensive side.

  2. When you stop flailing around like a weenie, plug your iPhone into your mac and notice that you can "mount and browse" your music files via the Apps tab in iTunes. And most music apps will let you send files wirelessly to many different locations as well.

    Seriously, if you rate "mount and browse" as the highest priority of your mobile communications device, you aren't trying very hard to find a use for it.

  3. You don't understand. Sure you can browse your music files, but that's the only files you can browse without jailbreaking or using software like Iphone Explorer, you don't have access to the file system, not even a "shared documents" folder.

    Yes some Apps are nice, some really great, but not having access to the file system is really restrictive when it comes to productivity.

  4. Certainly improvements are needed, but people are definitely using what's in place in for file transfer/management. Both Xtopher and noone bring up valid points, but yes bottom line Apple could do better with this. Some third parties need to step it too though, I'm looking at you Intua. Many of them haven't updated their apps to take advantage of the iTunes file management. It's not the full solution I want but is superior to the WiFi/FTP solutions in many apps.

    lol, don't know what to tell you other than some of these apps are fun and useful enough that it's probably worth the trouble to do the somewhat convoluted file transfers. But even if you don't at least you're pleased with the device overall.

  5. This looks to be a much improved take on their earlier iSyn app, which sounded fantastic but was a UI hell. Definitely curious about this one.

  6. If you actually read the review above, you'd see that iSyn Poly lets you access your audio midi files for your song via iTunes. Actually, lots of apps let you access their related files through iTune file sharing.

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