Caustic 3 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizer/sampler rigs.
Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.
Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of:
* Subsynth - Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
* PCMSynth - Multi-sample wave synthesizer
* BassLine - 303-like monosynth
* BeatBox - 8-channel sampling drum machine
* PadSynth - Harmonic table pad synthesizer
* 8BitSynth - 8bit equation solver synthesizer
* Modular - Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
* Organ - Tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
* Vocoder - 8-band harmonic vocoder
* FMSynth - DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer
* KSSynth - Karplus-Strong string modeling synthesizer
* SawSynth - Supersaw-type synthesizer
The app also includes:
* Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine (20 effect types).
* Mixer desk with EQ, panning and global Delay/Reverb effects.
* Master section with effect slots, parametric EQ and limiter.
* Song sequencer
AudioBus support for Input and Output slots.
AudioCopy Paste + AudioShare support for import and export.
Supports automation recording on most controls and includes powerful editors for modifying automation curves.
Users can record their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder or import files through iTunes file sharing, ACP, AudioShare, or the built-in FTP server.
Supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate).
The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2), SFZ and FL/Xewton instruments (.instr, .ZIP)
"Open In.." import support for all preset types, .WAV, .SF2 and .MID.
(MIDI (.mid) files can be imported as raw sequencer note data.)
Supports CoreMIDI and virtual MIDI for note, velocity and CC data. (be sure to set "Enable background audio" in advanced options to use virtual MIDI)
See the in-app help section for dozens of informative tutorial videos and full online manual.
There is also a FREE (full version) PC/Mac version available for download on the product website.
Come visit www.singlecellsoftware.com to download more presets, request features, share your tracks and hear what others are creating with Caustic 3.
Works on iPhone/iPod but iPad is recommended.
New machine: SawSynth (Polyphonic supersaw-type synth)
New "melody helper" to lock keyboards to scales
Support for more time signatures (3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4) from the song page and in pattern editors
Tool to create new PCMSynth instruments by merging your rack.
PCMSynth: Stereo sample support
Modular: Added stereo out to machine input component
Bassline: Custom waveform support
8BitSynth: Random equation generator
Patterns show preview of notes
Quick jump table replaces machine list
Create machine by double tapping empty slot
Automation editor workflow visual crosshairs
Wave editor enhancements:
- Stereo support
- Effect support
- BPM detection
- Insert silence
- Time ruler w/snap
Added mixer + transport MIDI mappings
Added support for using MIDI notes as CC triggers
Effect bypass is now keyable
Improved typing keyboard with uppercase/lowercase support
New loop and stem export options
More keyboard key width options for large screens
Ratings and Reviews
So so close to perfection
This app is a gem. It has let me make amazing songs on the go.
1. Exporting stems doesn't seem to work.
2. I keep getting devastating crashes and losing my work when changing the volume of things in the mixing view. (The lines and dots)
3. It's impossible to line up the dots that control the volume of a track at a certain time. They will always be a bit off from each other. I wish there were a way to only change a dot's x position because tapping and dragging is so clumsy. It's actually had a big effect on some sounds ;(
I hope these issues get addressed... especially this crashing bug.
Lots of fun! I like it more than Gadget
Quick tip: to get patterns longer than a bar- 2, 4, or 8, simply navigate to the machine of choice and scroll down. Each machine has its own piano roll beneath it, that is where you set the pattern length. Press grid, then 4x, 8x, etc. Recording live is great, rock solid quantization. SOUNDS great. There are deep sound design possibilities but the fx are so good you could get by just with presets and fx. Once you understand how things are organized, which didn't take long, it's very easy to create a lot of music very quickly. Don't bother arranging at the start, just create patterns till your heart is content and then arrange later. Not much to complain about aside from very small interface quirks that aren't that big of a deal. I suppose more instrument tracks would be nice. But with the live automation recording and 16 tracks, you won't lack for cool sounds. Also, don't miss the PCM synths ability to import audio from elsewhere. You can edit and apply fx to imported audio endlessly. Great app, my only regret is I didn't buy it sooner!
App UI is a bit much to get used to. It is not very intuitive. However once you master the funky setup it does get easier to use. The songs I have made actually get about as close to a desktop sound as I have ever achieved on a mobile app. I would be giving this 5 stars, but the lack of audio output routing and being on a newer iPhone is kind of a deal breaker. Bluetooth is a necessity on iOs devices with the removal of the 1/8” jack. (I have a lightning adapter but have no idea where) right? ... this is a monster app packed full of features, a lot of which you can’t get in just one app. The sounds your able to achieve are good enough to make a sellable product. Of course you’ll need a daw for live instruments and vocals. All in all great app. Just please bring Bluetooth audio routing. Maybe add a “check device default audio output” or “output device default” to your source. Don’t know what language this is written in (python or ruby, c++...) don’t know hard this would be. Keep up the great work though. Thank you for the free windows version!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.