VirSyn shared this video demo of their Addstation, a powerful additive synthesis iOS app, running on one of the new M1 MacOS computers.
The M1-powered Macs promise up to 3.5x faster CPU and battery life up to 2x longer than before, but will also create compatibility issues for many electronic musicians until developers update software for the new machines.
One of the interesting possibilities created by Macs moving to Apple Silicon, though, is that iOS music apps can now run on M1 Macs, if the developer enables this option.
In this video, VirSyn shows Addstation, designed for iPhone/iPad, running on a MacBook Air with Apple Silicon, and showing how the new preset randomizer can be used to generate organic variations of sounds.
Addstation offers a massively deep sound engine – with up to 512 partials per voice, with independent envelopes – and it’s $7.99. It’s too soon to know how many developers will embrace making their iOS music apps desktop-compatible, but the possibilities of dramatically expanding the number of music apps available and more competitive pricing, are intriguing.