Mela is an intuitive virtual analog synthesizer and a multi-effects module with a streamlined interface. It can be loaded either as an instrument or effect plug-in (Mela FX) inside a host application such as AUM, BeatMaker, Cubasis and GarageBand.

Mela – Synth Audio Unit Extension
- 4 great sounding oscillators
- 2 virtual analog style filters
- 3 envelopes with adjustable level, time and curve parameters
- Envelope modes: sustain, trigger and loop
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs
- Build-in effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger and delay
- Fully featured modulation matrix
- Flexible signal routing options
- Voice modes: monophonic, polyphonic, legato and glide
- Built-in virtual musical keyboard

Mela FX – Multi-FX Audio Unit Extension
- Input section with pan and level controls
- 2 virtual analog style filters
- Effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger and delay
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs
- Envelope follower with peak and RMS modes
- Follower can be driven by the audio unit's normal input or side chain
- Fully featured modulation matrix
- Flexible signal routing options
- Global section with dry, wet and bypass controls

- Standard selection of saw, sine, square and triangle waveforms
- Ability to morph between the waveforms or distort them using the shape parameter
- Modern phase distortion algorithm with an additional harmonics parameter
- Harmonics adjusts the richness of the generated waveform and modulating it sounds similar to filter sweeps
- Great sounding noise oscillator, which sounds warmer than pure white noise
- Other features: transposition, tuning, pan and level

- Selection of great sounding self-oscillating resonant filters
- Ability to morph between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass

Modulation Matrix
- Both Mela and Mela FX come with a fully featured modulation matrix
- Most parameters of the audio units can be modulated
- Modulation sources: envelope generators, envelope follower and LFOs
- MIDI sources: velocity, key, mod wheel, aftertouch and pitch bend
- The matrix supports both positive and negative modulation intensities

- Oscillators can be routed to filters in 5 different ways
- FX section can be inserted before filter 1, after it or after both filters

Audio Unit Extension Features
- Customisable perform view that gives you access to the parameters you care about most
- Highly flexible layout, makes the best use of the space provided by the host's window
- Preset management with import/export features

Mela App
- Mela can be used by simply launching the app
- Supports all orientations on both iPhone and iPad, including split-screen on iPad
- It can respond to MIDI input from external sources
- Supports background audio

Tip Jar
- Support the development of Mela by leaving a tip of any amount
- The Tip Jar is accessible via the app settings menu
- This is completely optional – the app is fully functional as is

If you enjoy using Mela, please leave a review on the App Store. It’s much appreciated and it helps a lot. For any issues, feature suggestions or other support queries, please get in touch.

What’s New

Version 2.0.1

- Updated Mela's preset format to prevent GarageBand and Audiobus from failing to save the AU state.
- Added new presets.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Enrique Raphaël Page Pérez ,

It is awesome!

But why iOS14? Sorry to complain about this but given how much worse performance gets on an iDevice that has been updated to ANY OS it didn’t come with, it would be great if the threshold could be lowered to at least iOS 12. I am sure there are a few features there that are iOS 14 only but the question is, are these needed?

I am lucky i can run this on my iPhone on iOS 14.2 which I updated because it had to be restored because of an issue it had. I am not so lucky because I can’t use it on my brand new iPad on iOS 13.7 and although the app is great I am certainly not gonna update the OS just to run a few more apps. Not when the exchange for that is having a substantially worse iDevice because of Apple’s sketchy ways.

For now I’ll just have to use Mela 2 on my phone and connect that to the iPad.... eventually I’ll just have to get a new iPad a few years down the line 🤷🏻‍♂️.

Anyway, if the OS threshold can be lowered that would be awesome. This is still a fantastic app though! If you’re iOS 14.+ rooted you should definitely check it out.

PS: cheers for the iPhone interface, it is beautiful and practical!

Developer Response ,

Very happy to hear you like the interface on the iPhone, thank you 🙏.

Regarding supporting older versions of iOS, this is always a tough decision to make. I know some users are stuck on older devices that can't upgrade to the latest iOS. But I have very limited resources. Supporting and testing Mela on older iOS versions on multiple devices and ensuring they all work fine in all AUv3 hosts is hard to justify. Additionally, the app uses iOS 14 only features. So, writing code to incorporate the same functionality on older devices requires significantly more resources. I’d rather focus my efforts on adding new features to Mela.

Codowlsky Polopumus ,

I dig it!

Despite having a lot to modulate and tweak and play around with - the interface is DEAD SIMPLE to jump in and start making noise right away. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a soft synth where it was so plainly obvious how everything works without having to trial and error and look up features, etc.

Sounds good too! I’m a fan!

Developer Response ,

Thank you, very happy to hear you like the interface 🙏. Achieving the simplest interface with great sound design capabilities is the most important goal when working on Mela.

how_man ,

Huge sounds and high quality effects

Mela 2 is a brilliant sounding synth and all the effects sound killer and really they really add to this beautifully warm sounding synth. To get such such an amazing sounding synth along with stellar effects for such an affordable price is why I love the iOS music community.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the great review, very happy to hear you like Mela 🙏

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