Nave - next generation Wavetable Synthesis
Nave is Waldorf’s first synthesizer App development – created by chief engineer and director Stefan Stenzel, NLog mastermind Rolf Wöhrmann and Design Guru Axel Hartmann.
The Nave sound engine includes two novel Wavetable oscillators, leaving every previous attempt in wavetable synthesis far behind. The spectrum of a sound can be transposed independently of its pitch. The waves are being rendered periodically to noisy. Especially sounds with an accent on formants can be reproduced easily, which made us integrate a speech synthesizer for the easy creation of wavetables.
The clearly structured UI invites both beginners and advanced users to experiment, and the large display of the iPad makes Wavetable creation and editing a blast. Besides Speech Synthesis, Wavetables can also be made by analysing audio files. Further stretching, rotating and shifting in spectral domain allows Wavetables to be further refined or distorted.
All factory Wavetables from Microwave, Wave and Blofeld are included, complemented by new ones that make extensive useof the enhanced possibilities.
In addition to the Wavetable Oscillators, Nave offers an oscillator module featuring the novel Überwave that can fatten your sound by up to eight detuned oscillators.
The filter offers the familiar outstanding Waldorf sound, featuring lowpass, bandpass and highpass with either 12dB or 24dB slope.
The Drive section offers different characteristics, and it can be positioned in the signal path: before or after the filter, or as a summing overdrive before or after the equalizer - for those who prefer harsh screaming sounds over delicate Wavetable sweeps.
An extended modulation matrix and diverse real time control functionality is waiting for animating Nave sounds in any desired direction.
Besides the classic virtual chromatic keyboard, Nave can be played with the “Blades” that allow for dynamic triggering of polyphonic modulation by sliding the fingers in x or y direction.
The 4-track recorder can be used to build your own Nave songs or to simply sketch your music, inspired by the sounds of Nave.
Nave Specifications per Voice:
· Two independent advanced Wavetable Oscillators
· Osc module with up to 8 oscillator Überosc with sawtooth, triangle, PWM, white or pink noise
· Two Ring Modulators
· Multimode Filter with LP,BP and HP, each either 12 dB or 24 dB
· 3 Envelopes
· 2 LFO
· 10 Modulation Matrix Entries
· Drive with adjustable curve, depth and position
· Modulation Effect with either Chorus, Flanger or Phaser
· Modulation Delay
· High Quality Reverb
· Three band parametric Equalizer
· Keyboard with adjustable size, scrolling and glissando modes
· Blades with musical scales and optional chord mode
· Polyphonic X/Y finger modulation on keyboard and blades
· Modulation Wheel and Pitch Bender
· Up to 3 X/Y Control Pads
· Four Track Recorder with clip based editing
· Core MIDI in / out support
· MIDI device manager for external hardware and virtual connections
· Sync to MIDI Clock or WIST
· MIDI Learn
· Audiobus compatible
· Background Audio
· Polyphonic Unisono
· Speech Synthesizer for Wavetables
· 3D Wavetable Editing
· Generation of Wavetables from external audio files
· Audio Copy / Paste Support
· Patch Management with unlimited user banks and categories
· Import / Export audio and sound patches from iTunes
- AudioBus 3 update
- Bug fixes
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Amazing wavetable synth, but eats battery and has a memory leak
Amazing sounds, great interface and arpeggiator. Unfortunately, still no AU plugin version, but I can live with that for now. The biggest issue is that it eats battery like a hog and if you forget to kill the app explicitly AND reboot your device, you’ll find your iPad out of battery within a few hours, even if it’s not being used / the screen is off. This is probably due to background audio, but it’s definitely annoying and should be fixed.
I see the developer has responded with the suggestion of disabling background audio. This still doesn’t explain why the battery goes dead after force-killing the app. There are plenty of other iOS apps with this “background audio” option which don’t continue eating battery after you force close them... and they don’t require you to reboot your iPad. I don’t want to turn this into an advertisement for other apps, but please: fix this properly.
Developer Response ,
Hi, just disable Background Audio in the "Tape & Sys" screen.
Why would anyone discontinue use of this best-in-class synth for lack of an AU3 version? Nothing requires that format, and the standard presentation of synthesizers in that format tends to give a small, incomplete interface relative to standalone versions. Nave remains a pleasure to use. It gives outstanding results - from one instance.
Would it be nice to have the option to use AU, for the very rare case where you might reasonably want multiple instances in a DAW? Yes, but in the vast majority of cases a single instance is what one uses and for that interapp audio is as good an option and sometimes better - especially in a mobile context where the screen is the performance tool. This app may have the most performable screen interface on the platform, even after many years on the market.
Waldorf could show this more update love, but they did so much right at the right time - before release (note to developers) - that the app remains vital to the IOS music-app-using community years after introduction.
For those moving on from Nave for some marginal use-case complaint - it is your loss. Flip the page in the app list in your DAW and Nave is there for you.
The magic carpet synth
If this thing was packed in a metal box with knobs, you would pay BANK for something as special as Nave. Wonderful sounding, bursting with creative potential. There's a lot to take in but after a few hours you will be creating crazy, lush, chaotic, brutal, hypnotic works of art. There are some stability bugs I've noticed using my 3rd gen iPad on iOS 7.0 so save often. Pulling up menu items can seem unresponsive at times. Bugs I'm sure will be resolved in future updates. This synth sits right up there with Animoog, Thor, and Magellan. Thank you Waldorf!!!! Update 2016- still blows me away that this app completely destroys hardware synths. Amazing. Keep up the good work Waldorf!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.