New App, VHS Synth, Turns Your iOS Device Into An 80s Time Machine

AudioKit Pro has introduced VHS Synth, a new software synth that turns your iOS into an 80s time machine.

VHS Synth features synths recorded with a VCR, then resampled for “Pure 1980s Synthesizer Glory”. The samples are created by Ableton sound design superfreak Brian Funk, who’s released hundreds of free and commercial Live Packs. Funk started with a variety of synths, ranging from a Prophet 6 to the the Moog Realistic Concertmate, recorded them to VCR and then resampled them.

“There’s something about older recordings that just takes you back in time,” notes Funk. “Maybe it’s the production techniques that time-stamps certain songs. I wanted to create a collection of instruments that sound like they came right out of a time machine.”


  • Standalone app & iOS AUv3 Plugin
  • Over 250+ presets to inspire you
  • Compressed to under 150mb to save space
  • VCR Sound Effects (Buttons, Tape Hiss, More)
  • VCR FX section to customize the sounds
  • FREE Expansion Pack: OP-1 recorded with a VCR
  • iPhone & iPad version included for one low price
  • Presets by Jakob haQ, Red Sky Lullaby, The GarageBand Guide, DJ Puzzle, SOI, DJ Mantra, Marc Hupkens, AnalogMatthew, JEC, Da Fingaz, Brian Funk, and others

Pricing and Availability

VHS Synth is available now for $3.99 USD (normally $9.99).

11 thoughts on “New App, VHS Synth, Turns Your iOS Device Into An 80s Time Machine

    1. You’ve done a ton for the community, and Matthew Fecher and the AudioKit crew are doing amazing things, too.

    2. This is fast becoming my favourite go-to simple IOS synth. The gnarly tones the harmonic filter brings out normally takes me ages to find on other hard & soft synths.

      BTW – great ad, instabought at “BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!”


  1. Can we get this as a VST, for people who are serious about music making? (relax, it’s just a joke)

    But seriously. Can we get a VST version?

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