Mela 3 – Synth, FX & MIDI 4+

Audio Unit Plug-in Suite

Nikolozi Meladze

    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings
    • $19.99


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

If you begin working on a track in GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad, and later open the project in Logic Pro on your Mac, then all instances of Mela, Mela FX and Mela MIDI audio units will load just as you left them on your iOS device.

Mela – Synth Audio Unit Extension (AUv3)
- 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, delay and compressor
- 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 (AUv3)
- Input section with pan and level controls
- 2 virtual analog style filters
- Effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, delay and compressor
- 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 dry/wet mix and bypass controls

Mela MIDI – MIDI Processor (AUv3)
- 3 modules: Arpeggiator, Pitch and Velocity
- Arpeggiator module has 4 parameters: mode, rate, octave range and note length
- Pitch module transposes notes by up to 24 semitones, in either direction
- The Velocity module offsets and randomizes incoming notes' velocities
- The modules can be switched on or off
- The build-in virtual musical keyboard can also be used as a MIDI input

- 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 that 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

If you enjoy using Mela, please leave a review on the App Store. For any issues, feature suggestions or other support queries, please get in touch.

What’s New

Version 3.0.2

- The Velocity module's Random Add parameter has been renamed to Rand Add. This prevents the parameter title from being truncated.
- Fixed an issue where the Arpeggiator would ignore note off events for the notes that had already been playing before it was turned on. This led to stuck notes.
- Added a workaround for the issue where Mela UI would become unresponsive on load when inside a macOS host. This was caused by the Mela plug-in trying to display an error alert (e.g. preset version mismatch) but the dialog wouldn't become visible, leading to the rest of the UI becoming unresponsive.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Station86 ,

Great synth and audio effects. MIDI plug-in is buggy in Cubasis.

This is a great, package deal for the price. One thing I really like is that you can scroll through the parameters in the Cubasis effects frame. That makes parameters easy to get to without feeling cramped. I really like the synth and effects. The synth and audio auv3 plugins come with a lot of mice presets. The midi plug-in with only 10 presets, but it’s enough to get you started. The Mela MIDI plug-in works in Cubasis, but it’s not very usable. When I loop a section in Cubasis with the Mela plug-in activated, the plug-in stops arpeggiating when the loop repeats. When I hit the MIDI panic button, the arp starts playing by itself. I really hope that the developer fixes this. Otherwise, I feel that this plug-in is great for someone who is looking for an all-in-one plug-in deal.

UPDATE: The developer fixed the issue! The MIDI effects plugin now works as expected! This my favorite MIDI effect plugin, now. 5 stars. Thank you, very much!

Developer Response ,

Hey, thanks for the review. I will look into the arpeggiator issue in Cubasis. And more presets will be added to Mela MIDI as I add more modules over time :)

Update: I’ve just released the Mela 3.0.1 update, with fixes to the Arpeggiator. Let me know if you experience any more issues.

cmruko ,

Great Synth, FX, & Midi AU

I love the Mela UI, the way it is mapped out just makes sense to me as an amateur sound designer. It now has 3 Au apps built inside. The actual synth with several oscillator styles to choose including Phase Distortion. The FX AU which gives you the ability to use any of the included FX separately. Finally number 3, which is the new AU midi FX Arp which has been very useful and creative. Great for pad patches and long evolving sounds. Check out the developers site for lots of additional free presets. 5 Stars.

Rian Diasporah ,

All three Mela versions are amazing.

I have been a supporter since version 1. Mela 3 falls right in line with the consistency and quality of the developer. After playing with each of them for differences , there are slight improvements with each version. Is it worth the upgrade? Absolutely, is it worth buying if you never heard of it? Without a doubt.

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