synthQ 4+

The Queueing Synthesizer

Never Be Normal

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 13 Ratings
    • $5.99

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Introducing the queuing synthesizer for iPad.

SynthQ has been designed from the ground up with the touchscreen interface in mind. SynthQ is a subtractive synthesizer with a customizable interface. A unique module queuing system, resizable multi-octave keyboard, and intuitive cable-based modulation controls offer a truly dynamic music-making experience for iOS.

Each part of the synth is separated into units called modules. Each module snaps into place along a scrollable surface above the keyboard.

Control the number of modules shown on the screen at any time. Control which modules appear for each sound.

Tap a button on the module menu to launch a module and add it to the queue.

Drag a module up and release to remove it from the queue.

Drag a module down to move it within the queue.

Add variability to your sound by connecting different modules using virtual cables.

Alter the sound with synthQ's movable keys.

SynthQ provides an intuitive and engaging way to get started creating your own sounds, and is ideal for production, performance and music education environments.

Full feature list:

—three oscillators — sine, triangle, saw, square, pulse and resonant noise waves
—three adsrs — amp, filter and modulation envelopes
—filter with lowpass, hipass, bandpass, band-reject and peak filter modes
—frequency modulation oscillator
—ring modulation oscillator
—eight modulation bays with virtual cables enable interactions between modules
—three tempo-syncable LFOs with sine, triangle, saw, reverse saw, square, random curve and random step waves
—two XY matrix pads
—XY keys module turns the keyboard's movable keys into modulation sources
—sequencer module with Ableton Link support and built-in arpeggiator mode
—vocoder using microphone or Inter-App Audio Effect input
—two FX slots with chorus, flanger, phaser, reverb, tremolo, distortion, delay and bitcrush
—analog simulation with soft clipping and random pitch wavering
—midi module with pitch bender, modwheel and velocity
—master volume control

—multi-octave resizable keyboard with 10-voice polyphonic, monophonic and legato modes
—optional "sticky keys" mode locks each key to your finger after being pressed
—when used as a modulation source, sound can be altered by moving the keys in different directions
—unique rearrangeable module queuing area defines which controls are present per preset
—fully featured preset menu system with options to share and import via e-mail or iTunes File Sharing
—import presets directly from iOS mail by tapping and holding the attachment and pressing "Open in synthQ"
—functional graphic design and layout eliminates screen switching by keeping the control modules and keyboard in constant view

—Audiobus 3 support with Inter-App Audio
—A=432Hz, A=440Hz and A=444Hz tuning modes
—44100k Hz, 32000 Hz and 22050 Hz sampling rate modes
—MIDI input and output per channel
—basic recording feature to save, play, loop, and share recordings
—import .WAV files from iTunes File Sharing for playback
—parallax motion effects

Follow @synthQ on Twitter for latest announcements and free preset packs, updated regularly! Share your presets with the developer for a chance to get them added to an official update!

What’s New

Version 1.742

— Increased polyphony voice count from 4 to 10
— New MIDI Menu
— New preset group "xy fun" to demonstrate xy keys feature
— Fixed Modulation cable graphics
— Fixed IAA MIDI Input for applications such as AUM
— Maintenance and bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

dataBANG ,

Great Modular Synth & Nice Update

Haven't played with Synth-Q in a while and forgot how great sounding it is—plan to play with in depth and look forward to the new update and vocoder. I anticipate greatness!

This is a quick review: Nice range of built-in presets deep leads, pads, fx, tutorial presets; the module interface is visually unique, efficient to access and pleasure to use; plenty of expressive control with multi octave keys allowing full range without scrolling keyboard; built-in documentation and hints for each module; good MIDI support; and overall great sound! Worth the money. Kudos to the Developer!

I knocked it 1 star because of a unusual launch time and weird pause when multitasking back-n-forth between apps— I assume this is a bug on the update or a strange anomaly that affects only my iPad Air (might just be me)and I'll change my review accordingly

Sir Gurr ,

Super deep for an easy price

There are a lot more expensive synth apps out there that are a lot known and much more expensive, but this insanely deep music making tsunami is an affordable sound designers dream that leaves others int the dust!

Conrad Keely ,

Could use an update

The interface is great and worth preserving, if it ran more smoothly. Sometimes the sound is glitchy, and stutters occasionally.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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