Guess this is good for any owner of this synthesizer app.
To get the patch book go here:
The review is made on the iOS version but it serves for Android as well.
A new synthesizer on Android that sounds good and is a welcome addition.
Strangely enough and I think the first time on Android that they sell it individually for phones and tablets.
There is a demo video that demonstrates it that is for iOS but it will show off the capabilities in either case...
Google Play info:
Electro-Harmonix, a pioneer since 1968 in the field of sound effects pedals for musicians, has produced an app which is a faithful digital re-creation of their circa 1980 analog cult-classic, The MINI-SYNTHESIZER.
Available for Android tablets (Lollipop and above), the EHX MINI-SYNTHESIZER accurately delivers all the vintage synth sounds of the original plus modern updates.EHX President and Founder, Mike Matthews stated: “Fans of vintage synths will appreciate the apps ability to recreate the original’s warm analog sounds and deep funky bass, but because it’s so affordable ($2.99 for phone, $4.99 for tablet) and user-friendly, parents, educators and non-musicians will love it, too.”
The MINI-SYNTHESIZER app comes with 25 presets and the ability to store an almost unlimited number of user presets programs. MIDI input, output, and MIDI CC Mapping preset loading and saving capabilities are included as well as Aftertouch for all tablets.
Intuitive, flexible and powerful control are provided by the MINI-SYNTHESIZER’s 12 sliders and nine switches. Here’s a breakdown of the user interface:
- PITCH slider lets the player raise or lower the pitch of the note by +/- 1 octave
- SUB-OCTAVE slider introduces a note one octave below what’s being played for extra bottom
- OCTAVE UP switch causes the note being played to jump up one octave.
- TUNE knob lets the player tune the MINI-SYNTHESIZER to other instruments and sound sources over a +/- 50 cents range.
- PHASE RATE slider adjusts the speed of the phase shifter
- FILTER START sets the start frequency of the filter sweep
- FILTER STOP sets the stop frequency of the filter sweep
- SWEEP RATE controls the speed of the filter sweep
- PHASE switch turns the effect on/off
- 2X FILTER switch changes how the audio passes through the filters (either in parallel or in series)
- Q switch sets the amount of resonance on the filter sweep
- RETRIGGER switch turns the filter retrigger on/off
- TIME slider adjusts the delay time up to two seconds
- FEEDBACK controls the number of echo repeats
- BLEND adjusts the mix of the original signal and the echo repeats
- DELAY switch turns the effect on/off
- AMOUNT slider adjusts the reverb effect level
- BLEND slider controls the mix of the wet and dry signals
- REVERB switch turns reverb on/off
- REVERB>DELAY switch lets the user place either Delay or Reverb first in the effects chain for a variety of cool sound effects.
- VOL (Volume) slider adjusts the MINI-SYNTHESIZER’s overall sound output level
- POLY/MONO switch toggles between polyphonic (four notes can be played simultaneously) or monophonic (only one note can be played at a time) modes
- PRESETS pop-down menu displays the presets available and allows the user to instantly select one
- HORIZONTAL slider lets the player adjust the keyboards sounding range over an expansive eight-octave range.
- RIBBON Interface lets the player perform portamento (glide up or down to pitch), vibrato and other expressive playing.
The easy-to-use Electro-Harmonix MINI-SYNTHESIZER App is loaded with great sounds and features and is sure to appeal to serious musicians and non-musicians alike.
There definitively going to be more developers that made apps for iOS moving to Android as many of the later devices have low latency and it is unexplored market compared to iOS.
Some did already but there is lots of major players that did not, Korg being one of them.
And I guess Korg releases more of their iOS developed apps soon?
*** Special Sale for a limited time to celebrate the debut of KORG Kaossilator for Android (50% OFF) until Jan 5! ***
A mobile synthesizer app for Android OS.
The iKaossilator app for iOS became an enormous hit when it was released in 2011, and now it's available as an Android app. "KORG Kaossilator for Android" is a synthesizer app that lets anyone enjoy full-fledged instrumental performance simply by freely moving their finger across the touch panel. From electronic sounds to acoustic instruments and drums, you can play a wide range of sounds with a single finger. Also provided is a sequencer that's indispensable for creating songs, so you can create tracks by recording and layering your performances. This easy yet full-fledged instrumental experience is now available on your Android smartphone.
- Perform using touch gestures: Kaossilator uses the unique X-Y interface. Create melodies and phrases simply by stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touch screen with your finger.
- 150 diverse sounds covering many music styles: Use the 150 built-in sounds to perform and produce a broad range of dance music styles including EDM, hip-hop, house, techno, dubstep, nu-disco, and electro.
- Scale/Key feature eliminates any wrong notes: The Scale setting ensures that the notes of your performance will stay in the key you’ve specified. Choose from 35 different scales including chromatic, major, minor, and even blues scales.
- Loop sequencer for easy track-making and live performance: The built-in loop sequencer lets you layer up to five musical parts. By recording sounds such as synth, bass, chords, sound effects, and drums into each part, you can quickly complete original loop tracks that are distinctively your own.
- Operation Requirements
Android 5.0 or later
More info at korg.com
Not a big update but thought that it is mentioning Heat Synthesizer for readers that may have missed it as it is one of the more complex and complete synthesizer for Android and the first advanced one that came. There is a demo to try.
* Fixed connection issue
* Added new comb filter type
Comb filter supports both positive & negative feedback by adjusting the resonance parameter of the filter. A centered knob means no feedback.
Google Play info:
Wiisp - Simple drone synth. 2 Osc with fm, delay with fm. Made with puredata.Oscillators are sine waves with adjustable pitch. The second oscillator has a higher pitch limit. Both are directed to a delay, with optional fm from oscillator A. Glide creates a smooth transition between changing any of the values. Higher glide, longer transition.
Saw this the other week and it is pretty nice. Unfortunately on my smaller screen it does not show properly but is still usable so that could be just my device or it is better to use a tablet for it. In either case have a lot of possibilities for sound design and is for free without publicity.
Welcome to Involve.
Involve is a monophonic synthesiser designed to be played as a real time instrument. With an emphasis on real time control using faders, this gives an advantage over the usual virtal knob in that where the device is touched is the control being adjusted. All of the parameters can be assigned to the accelerometer to utilise movement as a form of control.Multi module
Involve has been designed to be more than just a single synth, It is a collection of synth modules utilising common core code, ui and control. At present there are two modules, A single oscillator virtual analogue synth with delay, And Super Sawer, a 5 union oscillator with sub generator for them large phat sounds.
There are currently more modules under development. Being an open source project, we welcome suggestions and pull requests.
Update2 New Synth modules, Segment, and Mini Segment Synth
Controls now indicate if connected to the accelerometer
Double clicking on a accelerometer control, unbinds the control.
Wrote about Pure Data Party Publisher before but it is worth writing about again if missed.
So this is apps that can be connected together for jamming over wifi.
There is a lot of more information on their website plus a lot of information on how to convert Pure Data patches into Android apps plus to make more apps to work in the Pure Data Party Publishers network.
The apps are all for free and no publicity!
So go here and learn more:
In either case there is a new addition to the family called Manoury plus videos covering the different apps.
Google Play info regarding Manoury:
PPP-Manoury is meant to be used with other PPP instruments.
PPP-Manoury is a polyphonic 4 step sequencer ! 4 step is not much, but each step has a probability factor. The synth is a classic additive synth chained to a resonant filter and a 4 tape delay. With the right set of parameters you can go from 80s classics to deep generative textures.
PPP is a framework offering to support midi jamming over wifi features to audio applications and instruments. That means that apps can be connected to each other over wifi with a slave/master paradigm, enabling each sequencer to be in synch with each others. It can of course be used as a standalone sequencer. More here : http://ppp.mgsx.net
This is definitively of interest for anyone looking for something new and exciting when it comes to synthesis. Did play with it yesterday for a little bit and going through the presets it is clearly one of the higher quality synths on Android. It also comes with the possibility to create a great variety of sounds.
The price is higher than most apps on Android and will be even more so after thirty days of introduction price. There is a seven day trial and it could be a good idea to try it as it will work better on some devices than others.
There is one more cool thing and that is that there is a VSTi and a iOS version as well that can load the presets created from a cloud storage. Sorry to say that each version needs to be paid for separately...
Here is the press release:
Imaginando releases DRC - Polyphonic Synthesizer for iOS, Android and VST
Imaginando, the same developer as LK - Ableton & MIDI Controller and TKFX - Traktor FX controller, partnered with the Lisbon based analog synthesizer repair workshop Analog Repair (www.analog-repair.com) to bring DRC to the market.
DRC is a virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer that recreates the characteristic sound of an analog synthesizer targeting all music makers, from novices to professionals, proving a minimal but powerful set of parameters, for limited but incredible sonic capabilities.
While the sound may invoke the vintage characteristic of an analog synth, the user interface was developed with the XXI century in mind. Large controls, even on a phone sized screen, allows users to easily interact with synth parameters on a uncluttered interface.
Available on iOS, Android and VST
Following the paradigm of all the existing products, DRC is available for both iOS and Android, smartphone or tablet devices as well as in the VST 2.4 plugin format for both Mac (x64) and Windows (32/64 bit) operating systems.
Cloud Preset Syncing
DRC features a unique cloud preset syncing system that allows a user to save patches to its account and sync with the cloud. This allows the user to later sync the patch with other devices or computer running DRC, hassle free. No more audio exports or dropbox sync.
Besides the common piano keyboard layout, DRC integrates a unique chorder layout that allows users to easily explore chords. In each side of the chorder, a strum area allows to easily play with scales making it easy to achieve beautiful and harmonic sounds.
- Up to 8 voices
- Two main oscillators, one sub-oscillator and one noise source
- Detune, sync and ring modulation
- 4 pole self resonant low pass Ladder Filter
- 2 pole multi-mode filter (LP, HP, BD, NOTCH)
- 2 LFO's and 2 analog modeled envelope generators
- Stereo Tape Delay with time modulation
- Lush Stereo Reverb with modulation and self growing decay
- True stereo, analog modeled multi mode chorus
- Arpeggiator with 4 modes, tempo sync and hold function
- MIDI compatible (in/out/ext sync/clock out)
- Audiobus and Ableton Link ready (iOS only)
Full operation manual featuring synthesis tips available at www.imaginando.pt/products/drc/help
Pricing and availability
As all Imaginando products, DRC is available as a fully functional 7 day trial. After the trial period, the user can unlock DRC synth engine for 14.99$ (introductory 50% discount price for the first 30 days).
The plugin is free to use for the first seven days, after which you’ll need to purchase it if you want to continue using it. During the 30-day promo period, the price for all versions is reduced by 50%. On iOS/Android it is now $15 and it will be $30 after the initial 30 days. The VST version will cost $25 after the first seven days and $50 after the first 30 days.
So this interesting (free and no ads) synthesizer made for people liking more hands on experimental sounds and noises now have wav recording and export!
It is one of the more interesting synths for Android and I do recommend to check it out.
Normally do not post the Play Store link but this one almost got drowned out by all the white noise relaxation apps so here is the link:
The developer of Compufart and 8-Bit Buckaroo have been kind enough to share some promotional codes for the paid version of Compufart.
So let me know if you want a code and write me at email@example.com (and a code will be sent that gets inserted by clicking on the sub menu by the credit card information as the option redeem).
This is a limited affair but it is responsive and it has a lo-fi sound in a good way that inspired me. All the commands under the buttons are what can be accessed on the hardware synthesizer that the same people released but not on the app. Can change the wave forms in different combinations and change chord combinations by pressing note and chord buttons at the same time.
It is for free and no ads!
Here is a video of the app and one of the hardware.
Wanted to mention this for some time but kept on pushing it in hopes that I would find time to make some music with it first... but alas to no avail so better mention this now as for me this and Oscilab Pro is the two new apps that made me most excited 2015.
Bytebeat is a more or less new phenomena and have only existed for some years now.
It is writing lines of mathematical equations that generate a chiptunish sound/noise so it is interesting as it is a way to accomplish minimal compositions in a new way.
But think that it is a way to find inspiration for new tracks and rhythms that is hard to get in other ways and mixed in with other elements it can certainly give your tracks an edge.
There is two other Bytebeat apps on Android- Droidbeat and as a machine insert in Caustic.
All three of these apps have advantages but maybe this is the one I prefer for some reasons...
As both Droidbeat and Bytebeat Machine is for free so i suggest to download both and use as needed. Maybe I should mention as well that Caustic is for free without being able to export wav/midi but like Droidbeat it is possible to record directly into a DAW and the last session is saved. Plus that there is a fully functional version for PC...
The Caustic version do have two engines in one instance that can be mixed together plus that it comes with sequencers and of course the possibility to use 14 of them in a composition. The presets are more meant to be used as instruments and not as whole composition but that is a small detail.
Droidbeat machine is great and it have something that the others do not have.
It have the possibility to change the sound using four sliders. Meaning that if it is hard to write the code to get good results it is easy to use a preset and just phuck around with the sliders until something nice comes up. To be able to save directly to wav file there is a paid version but the free one saves presets and can of course be recorded directly into a DAW etc.
Bytebeat machine do have one very nice trick up its sleeve and instead of being confined to low digital rates and bytes it is possible to use a cleaner sound setting with variations. This makes it more flexible as it can fit into mixes better depending on what you are looking for... The other advantage is that it comes with very good presets and presets with the inventor of Bytebeat!
Just listening to them makes me inspired to start new tracks.
The Playstore page (as in this post underneath) and the app have a good explanation of how to create your own Bytebeat compositions without being to confusing. Well worth a read if you are using Caustic or Droidbeat.
There is of course also the possibility to take a equation from one app to another...
If there is someone using Bytebeat as part of a composition please send to firstname.lastname@example.org want to use some Bytebeat myself but never know with time etc and it would be nice to hear this utilized mixed in with other sounds...
Play Store info:
Bytebeat Machine is an experimental software synthesizer. Instead of structured composition or instruments it uses functions to generate audio in real-time.
Sometimes simple input functions contain a large amount of musical structure. Sometimes the result is unexpected.. and interesting. Or you can ignore all that and just use this app to generate bleep and glitch noises. Bytebeat Machine has several preset examples to get you started.
• Free. No ads or other tracking garbage.
• Two modes: bytebeat (8-bit) and floatbeat (32-bit).
• Selectable sample rates from 8kHz to 44kHz.
• A number of preset input functions. Save your own input functions for later use.
• Custom text input mode with copy, paste, undo, mystery button (?) and more.
• Export output as .wav file.
• Various output visualizations. Yay.
• Speed slider (kind of hidden under the presets).
What is bytebeat?
Bytebeat output is fully defined by the input function. There are no pre-set instruments, samples or structures. Even slight changes in the input function produce significantly different output (as a hint, prime numbers generally result in less repetition).
Input function has a time index (t) and usually various bitwise and arithmetic operations. Input function is evaluated constantly and time index is incremented by one in each iteration.
The simplest input function is "t", which produces numbers 1, 2, 3, ... and outputs a sawtooth wave audio. Sawtooth wave is generated because the result is wrapped to 8 bits (bytebeat): 0-255 remain unchanged, but 256 becomes 1, 356 becomes 101 and so on.
Input function "t * 2" decreases the wavelength and produces a result one octave higher. Input function "t & 128" produces a square wave. Bitwise operators << and >> can be used for more interesting results. Input functions can be combined with bitwise operator "|" or even "&" and "^", for example "(t>>9) | (t>>13)".
Bytebeat Machine uses 'C -type syntax' and basic arithmetic operations, bitwise operations as well as comparisons are supported:
- arithmetic operations: +, -, *, /, %
- bitwise operations: <<, >>, &, |, ^
- comparison operations: <=, >=, ==, !=
Bytebeat was first introduced late 2011 in a blog posthttp://countercomplex.blogspot.com/2011/10/algorithmic-symphonies-from-one-line-of.html by 'viznut'. Online tools such as http://wurstcaptures.untergrund.net/music/ surfaced soon after, followed by a theoretical introduction http://countercomplex.blogspot.com/2011/10/some-deep-analysis-of-one-line-music.html and a paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.1368. Active community discussion and development in IRC and various forums (pouet.net) lasted a couple of months.
This app might be developed further based on interest and feedback. #bytebeat
This is a comment from the post on the Phase84 synthesizer that I am bringing up for two reasons. First that I have been reading that the company have been doing a pretty bad work of maintaining their apps on iOS and then it is not a very good practice to not respond to customers when they have problems! Luckily I had very few unresponsive developers and feel that most developers for Android have been very helpful and cool. (Still would like to get response from the developer of Grainstorm though, regarding fixing the audio recording function! Three emails and nothing!)
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I've bought it and used on my Galaxy Note 4. It seems to work well as a standalone app, but when used in Soundcamp, theree are display bugs and the sound is cracking. But the worse : it's not possible to use the app with a usb midi keyboard plugged in the phone (which is possible with lots of others soundcamp apps : Thumbjam, Unique, Heat Synth, ...). I've wrote to the dev team to ask if this feature could be added in a next update but i got no answer... So this app seems just to be a non-free beta version for the moment...
To use this synthesizer it is required a Samsung Galaxy phone and Soundcamp (Soundcamp a multitrack DAW that is for free and with no latency for the Galaxy series).
Here is the information:
We're excited to announce the release of our first android app! Phase84 is available now on Samsung Galaxy Apps. Samsung Galaxy users will be able to experience the next generation phase distortion synthesizer that fuses gritty digital sounds with traditional analog punch.
"Phase84 is designed to have the warmth of an analog synthesizer, yet be capable of the squelchy tones and sharp attacks of an FM synth. It works through the magic of Phase Distortion — utilizing a form of waveshaping synthesis introduced in 80’s era digital synthesizers. Phase84 can create warm pads, glitchy sounds, dirty basses, filthy sweeps, screaming leads, and anything in-between.”
— Louis Gorenfeld
Phase84 includes over 110 presets including basses, leads, pads, bell tones, sweeps, atmospheric sounds, pseudo-realistic tones, and more. Users can tweak the synth using a combination of advanced envelope, LFO, Delay, Filter, and Oscillator settings. Phase84 includes features for expressive performance, a groove editor, and an advanced multi-octave keyboard.
Phase84 is available exclusively on Samsung Galaxy Apps for $4.99. It takes advantage of Samsung’s Professional Audio SDK (SAPA) to deliver low latency performance. Samsung Galaxy devices including Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab 5, and Galaxy Tab S2 support Samsung’s Pro Audio tech making this the first version of Phase84 to run on phones as well as tablets.
Phase84 also integrates with SoundCamp, a free mobile DAW by Samsung. Users can seamlessly load the synth into a track in SoundCamp, then record and edit notes on a piano roll sequencer. Combining Phase84 with other tracks, virtual instruments, and recorded audio, allows users to create full compositions and finished songs.
Phase84 features include:
Have seen this some time before but did not look closer as I confused it with another app.
But yesterday realized that there is another modular synth for Android. Which is exciting.
Just downloaded the basic version yesterday night and it is midi compatible and I now have a hardware sequencer to play with I do have curiosity to what it has to offer.
Yes I said in the title that there is four modulars and to remember Caustic (with its classical modular setup),Jasuto and SunVox. Even though SunVox is not modular in the sense that you can build from smaller components.
Play Store info:
ModSynth allows the creation of many different kinds of music synthesizers. Connect any number of oscillators, filters, delays and other synthesizer modules in a graphical flow editor. Then, adjust the settings of each module while playing the instrument to get a desired sound. Save as many instruments or variants of an instrument as you'd like. Eight built-in instruments are provided to help you get started.
The free version is ad supported and contains the following modules:
- Keyboard to receive the notes as they are played (via the onscreen keyboard or a MIDI keyboard)
- Pad to control two dimensions of sound, such as pitch and volume, for theremin-like control
- Oscillator to generate different "raw" tones
- Filter to shape the overtones of the sound
- Envelope for describe how a value (such as overtones or volume) change over time
- Mixer to mix two sounds together
- Amp for change the amplitude of the sound
- Delay for delays and echo effects,
- Output to hear (and see!) the sound
In-app purchase the full version (for $4.99 US) to remove ads, unlock advanced capabilities, and access additional synthesizer modules:
- MultiOsc for smooth chorus sounds,
- Operator for building FM synthesis,
- PCM for sampled sounds,
- Sequencer for adding loops,
- Reverb for simulating room acoustics.
ModSynth has USB MIDI support for external MIDI keyboards. It has low latency on devices supporting Android low latency (such as Nexus). All oscillators are anti-aliased, providing low distortion at higher frequencies.
A guide to using ModSynth can be found at http://gallantrealm.weebly.com/modsynth.html.
If you don't see a capability you'd like, comment! There's a good chance it can be added!
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