SynthMaster Player for iOS received "2016 Editor's Choice Award" from Electronic Musician Magazine! SynthMaster desktop version is voted as "The Best VST/AU Synth Plugin" by MusicRadar readers and also received "Gear of the Year" award from MusicTech Magazine for "Best Software Instrument" category.
SynthMaster has received very positive reviews from acclaimed music technology magazines:
"SynthMaster: The most powerful softsynth you may not have heard of" Keyboard Magazine
"If ever there was a desert island synth, SynthMaster is it, covering all sonic bases with authority and a superb tone" Computer Music Magazine
"Many developers say that they've produced the one and only synth you'll ever need, but we've always felt that was a dubious claim. In SynthMaster’s case, though, it’s one that rings true" MusicRadar
SynthMaster Player for iOS is the MOBILE PLAYER VERSION of the award winning SynthMaster software synthesizer.
It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds during music production. Although it is a preset based player, users can edit the following preset parameters:
1) 8 easy parameters assigned by the sound designer
2) 2 XY Pads assigned by the sound designer
3) Effect bypass states and send amounts
4) Layer bypass states and volumes
5) Master volume, polyphony
The free app comes with 100 factory presets. When users complete registration by entering their names and email addresses they receive another 100 factory presets as a bonus!
After completing registration, users can upgrade to the Pro version of the app by purchasing the "Factory Presets" bank via In-App-Purchase (IAP). With the Pro Upgrade all of the 800 factory presets are loaded and also the following features are unlocked:
1. Users can save the changes they have made to the presets.
2. Users can purchase additional preset banks via In-App-Purchase (IAP). We currently have 28 additional preset banks that contain 1750 presets for various genres/styles.
3. Existing SynthMaster users can download their previously purchased SynthMaster preset banks inside the app, so that they don't have to purchase them again.
4. Existing SynthMaster users can export their own presets in SynthMaster v2.x and import them into SynthMaster Player for iPad using iTunes.
SynthMaster Player for iOS supports AUv3, you can add multiple instrument instances to your tracks.
SynthMaster Player for iOS acts as an source/instrument in InterApp Audio. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to InterApp enabled DAW apps.
SynthMaster Player for iOS acts as a source/instrument in AudioBus, with state saving enabled. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to AudioBus enabled DAW apps.
The built-in 2 octave keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels lets users play notes without having to connect an external MIDI controller to their iPad. With its Scale functionality, it shows the users the notes on the scale, and with its Chord functionality the user can play a certain chord by pressing a single note.
SynthMaster Player for iOS supports CoreMIDI and also virtual MIDI. It acts as a virtual MIDI destination for other DAW apps. Midi input device, midi input channel, and receive midi beat clock settings can be adjusted from the MIDI Settings window.
Minimum Operating System Supported: iOS 9
Minimum Hardware Supported: iPad4, iPhone 5 and above
Recommended Hardware: iPad Air and above, iPhone6 and above
Fixed a crash while browsing the presets
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
I'm not usually a preset kinda guy. I started out on real analog synthesizers, and the very word preset usually makes me cringe. But the presets available on this app are so well designed, they are a real pleasure to play around with. In particular, there is a sound designer who has created several sound packs you can buy in In App Purchases (yeah, I know, another cringe usually) who has painstakingly attempted to recreate the synth sounds on many classic records. Of course, it's not going to be perfect. But it is shockingly close at times. The "art rock classics" achieves some vocoder and organ sounds that I sometimes prefer to other apps like SampleTank that feature actual samples of those instruments. In the synth legends packs, he has done an amazing job modeling classic sounds from Tomita, Wendy Carlos, Vangelis and more. You don't have to look at the name of the preset, you can scroll through and just start playing, and instantly recognize what song it's from. Pretty fun and inspiring.
Of course, the major drawback is that it is *only* a preset player. You can't edit the sounds at all, besides the effects. And I sure would like to! Especially, sometimes, to see exactly how he made them. But also because the filters and oscillators on this thing sound pretty fantastic. I would like to design my own sounds on it too. Bummer that you can't.
Some of the best sounding synth presets on iOS
I own most of the synths that the app store has to offer and I must say that Synthmaster has some of the best sounding presets you can find out there. The app is intuitive and offers some great ways of playing with the presets and their filters and effects. The presets are lush, unique and just inspire you to experiment and jam. I recommend this app to any iOS musician who's looking to get instant access to a large library of insane but very usable sounds without having to spend hours on tweaking them yourself.
The last update made this great app even better! I love the new GUI and that the app is universal now so I can use it on my iPhone as well. Thanx for fixing the crash bug in iOS8.
It might be nice to add a 'Favorite' function in the preset browser so it is easier to find your most favorite ones in the large collection of sounds.
Also a midi learn function for the preset navigation buttons would be nice.
Doesnt play well with others
***Update: Dropped to 1 star - app will not load, crashes on startup. Unusable. iOS 9*** Great product by itself until you want to connect midi, IAA, or Audiobus to some other app to record music. There's too many audio glitches to be useable on an iPad 4 when recording a single track to a DAW (Audiobus). Even recording into Audioshare using IAA is glitchy. Sending midi via IAA to the app doesn't work at all from my DAW (MultitrackStudio for iPad). CC channels in virtual midi don't work correctly - a volume change from 127 to 97 will instead drop the volume all the way to 0, and my DAW uses 97 as default so this glitch renders the app pretty much useless for any real time recording... since the app volume will drop to 0 at the start of every song. Midi cc channel 1 (modulation) changes don't seem to work either via virtual midi (haven't tried other cc channels, but I assume they're ALL broken at this point). In midi settings the only working midi input is to receive data from all channels, and if you try to select a single channel it remains greyed out. Worst experience I've had on iOS, and i feel like the expansion packs that I bought were a waste of money.
- KV331 YAZILIM LTD STI
- 340.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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- © 2004-2015 KV331 YAZILIM LTD STI
- In-App Purchases
- Aiyn Zahev Expansion 1 $4.99
- Aiyn Zahev Expansion 2 $4.99
- BigTone Signature Sounds Vol1 $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.