Nave 4+

Waldorf Music

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings
    • £17.99

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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.

Audio Demos:

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
· Compressor

Additional Features:
· 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
· Arpeggiator
· 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

What’s New

Version 1.8

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- AudioBus 3 update
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Midimania ,

Nave needs AUv3 so bad

I have become a synthappoholic! I have purchased that many synth apps over the years, But, I haven’t found a synth app that can outperform Nave for cutting lead sounds, the only letdown of this great app is the constant audio disconnect in IAA. I really really really really wish the developers would update Nave to AUv3, if that was to happen, I don’t think I would use anything else for my music projects in Cubasis3. 20th July 21. I’ve been purchasing lots of new iOS synths over the past several months, but in the end I keep coming back to Nave, it completely outshines all of them with its blistering sonic lead and pad synths, and sound fx - they are beyond imagination. Since upgrading my iPad 8 gen to iPad Air 4, I’ve found that Nave has not suffered quite as many audio disconnects as it did before in Cubasis3. I would still like to see an Au3 update.

Tarqu1no ,

Plenty of competition but still right up there.

There have been so many synths since this was released and not many updates to Nave so it's kind of dropped out of the limelight, but I just returned to it after leaving it for a while to mess about with other stuff and it immediately brought a big smile to my face. There's so much variety here and some massively pleasing sounds to be had. IMO it's still got to be a contender in the top five must have synths. Like Animoog et al, it doesn't have, and might never have, an AU option but so what? It still fits nicely in a chain with AB3, Aum or whatever so it's not a huge deal. Now if they would just animate that waveform tracking along its image for me, just as a totally useless but very aesthetically pleasing cherry on the top!

Marcolwall ,

Fantastic synth but no AU3 support and dated file system

Fantastic sounding synth and once you get your head around how it works, is capable of some truly inspiring sounds. I’ve made quite a few tracks with just this synth and they sit very well in the mix. It loses one star due to the fact its not AU3,:which is a real shame. Also please could you update the sample wave import to use the Apple file system? The other methods are now redundant due to age. This for me is the best synth on the App Store and with a little updating and attention from Waldorf would keep it there. I’ve been looking at buying your hardware synths but I don’t like the fact that projects like this get abandoned. The Blofeld is the same, great piece of kit but no updates and the knobs don’t last that long. These are great gateways into your more premium products and should be treated with love and care.

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