Now they have released a new version of RD3HD and it is a such a big update that the name is now RD4 and deservedly so. It is a true pleasure to play with as was the RD3HD but now you can use four Sound generators which can be mixed as you please, it could be four 303's if you wanted- for example, but the exciting news is of course not this-
It is the fresh new Synthesizer module.
Not too complicated but having enough options and power to tweak out a big range of sounds that will keep most synthezists happy.
You can have up to three oscillators that can be up to six different waveforms and tuned separately so just with these two options you can go far. And in with the three oscillators tunable separately you can create three note chords which can come in handy as the only critique that I have with RD4 is that the new Synthesizer is monophonic-
maybe this will be addressed in a future update?
It also comes with the usual suspects- Envelope/Filter and for live tweaking a very handy and responsive pitch control.One last thing is a control of Mikrosonics own invention going under the name "warmth" the idea is that the more warmth you add the more analog synthesizer feeling will be added. What it really does is fluctuating the sound like some kind of minor instability/vibrato added to the sound the more you turn the dial-
It is interesting and I like it but if the sound feels warmer I guess is subjective.
Then there is also a very nice and responsive pitch control that I think is perfect as it is placed just right for easy pitch control.
It comes with the possibilities to record notes live which makes it fun to try out ideas instead of being bound to putting notes into a sequencer.Think that it works better and is more fun than FL Studio Mobile which I like just because of the same reason- the ease with which you can record and try out new ideas on the fly. If the Latency is a issue you can always go into the piano roll sequencer that comes with the new Synthesizer module and nudge things in place.
To be honest this is secondary to the true purpose of the application as it is meant to be played in the way that a groovebox would be played-
To sequence notes and to manipulate and play with the different parameters.
There is an area where some people will be wary of RD4- there is no programming of the automation you have to record it by hand and so if you want to make a whole song it is necessary with some practice beforehand- I do see this a plus as it will force you to a more creative approach.
There is also the nice effects that you can manipulate with the X-Y controller and all this is perfect in portrait mode on a tablet as almost all of the controllers are reachable and responsive from effects to parameters of the synth to fucking up note sequences in the Bassline module and changing drum patterns by clicking buttons etc.
Inevitable there will be some comparisons with Caustic having somewhat similar modules and at a first glance looking kind of similar- But it is not the same thing. Caustic being meant for composing and have more possibilities in sound design and also have deeper sequencing but would be more frustrating to use for live playing/tweaking- while as mentioned RD4 is for live playing and could easily be part of a live set up. Or even as the star of the show if you set it up and rehearse before hand. They will live in harmony side by side in your Device.
It all depends on what your inclinations are or what you want to do.
Recommend this application and think that even though by Android standards it is slightly "expensive" being around 5 $/€ it is easily worth it and it will definitively be a main application that will be reached for again and again and can not stress this enough-
How fun this app is to play with!
Now there is one more Android application that is whispering for me too come and play, keeping me up at night.