The easiest way to play and learn world sounds, rhythms & microtonal music scales. Take a sonic tour through Asia to Latin America, from the Middle East to the Mediterranean - all with our premium sound packs.


The TAQS.IM World Synthesizer gives you incredible sounds, scales, and rhythms… delivered right to your iPhone or iPad. Play world sounds, practice world rhythms, learn world microtonal music scales and hold drones for days as an accompaniment.

"This is the best app I've ever used. This is a treasure chest for a musician!!!"

"The Duduk sound is AMAZING...Truly, worth the price of admission for that sound alone."
App Store Review

We partnered with producers from across the globe to bring you authentic sounds and rhythms from each world genre.

Expand your musical horizons by playing Arabic, Armenian, Turkish, Persian, Balkan, European, Greek, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Klezmer, Latin & South American sounds, scales and rhythms.

Play world sounds such as Duduk, Erhu, Sitar, Koto, Gamelan, Santur, Bouzouki, Kanun, Ney, Kaval, Oud, Rababa, Dulcimer, Ocarina, Frula, Gaida, Zurla, Cumbus, Baglama, Saz, Mey, Kenas, Pan Flute, Requinto, and more. Play more traditional sounds such as Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin, Strings, Trumpet, Brass, Accordion, Organ and more. Play lead synth sounds from the Casio CZ-101, Oberheim OB-8, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Roland SH-2000 and more used in world music

Practice World Rhythms such as Bossa Nova, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Jazz, Ciftetelli, Vahde, Ayoub, Beledi, Katakufti, Maksoum, Malfouf, Zaffa, Choby, Fox, Laff, Saidi, Cocek, Horo, Tsiftitelli, Kyucek, Rachenica, Tallava, Zembekiko, Palio, Eksaria, Kalamatiano, Syrto, Tsamiko, Xasapiko, Keherwa, Bhajani, Dadra, Deepchandi, Ektaal, Jhaptaal, Kaharwa, Rupak, Teentaal, Bandari, Lezginka, and more.

Learn Makam, Raga and World Scales such as Beyati, Hijaz, Rast, Saba, Segah, Aeolian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Blues Scale, Raag Marwa, Raag Bhairav, Chinese, Hungarian, Mongolian, Roma, Ethiopian Tizita, Ethiopian Anchihoye, and more.

Hold Drones for Days with Analog Pads, Duduk Drones, Tamburas, Strings or Zurnas.

Save your Favorite Sounds and Rhythms for live use for quick access.

Sync the app with Ableton Link to integrate with your studio, software and hardware gear. DJ's - sync your live sets with our rhythms for some world flavor.

Start your worldwide musical journey with the TAQS.IM World Synth Synthesizer.

• Premium Sound Packs from Across the World
• Ableton Link Support
• Save Favorite Sounds and Rhythms
• Microtonal Real-Time Scale Converter
• World, Middle Eastern, and Raga scales
• World Rhythms
• Highlighting of keys in scale
• Inter-app Audio (IAA)
• AudioBus Support
• MIDI in (Control with a MIDI Keyboard or AudioBus/IAA)
• Filter Section
• Envelope Section
• FX Section: Octaver, Phaser, Autowah, Delay, Reverb

Make sure to check out our Podcast, Blog, Radio Station, Sounds, Community and more on - Your Gateway to Middle Eastern Sound.

What’s New

Version 2.54

We squashed some bugs in this version along with:
- Some users inadvertently had access to our legacy oriental sound pack, this was fixed and access has been removed (Sorry!)

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
311 Ratings

311 Ratings

Rato1244 ,

IAP’s don’t work!

This synth is unique and has potential. The free sounds are great but after trying to make an IAP for more sounds I was surprised to find that they produced no sound and using restore purchases did not work. I will change my rating once they get this figured out as I really want to like this one of a kind synthesizer!
Update: The developer has fixed everything that I complained about and I can now give this app a full 5 stars in fact I would give it 10 if I could the app is that good. All I can say is what are you waiting for download it and buy the IAP’s you won’t regret it!!!!

Developer Response ,

The IAPs work - can you please update the title of the review? Thank you!

GoodbyeWren ,


WOW. I saw the app featured in use by musician Ara Topouzian. This is a really accessible system to learn and play a really broad range of microtonal scales. The rhythms and voices built in sound really fantastic. Seeing these scales visualized on a keyboard with the downtuned notes immediately helps understand them.

A couple of things I’d really love: a quick switch to turn on/off the rhythm and drones all at once. And (this may be more iOS than the app) a way to avoid the iOS home bar that makes you swipe out of the apps (easy to accidentally close the app when you’re using the keyboard).

Klrxs ,

This is beautiful and growing.

One half star less for not being auv3 yet. I understand that the devs are limited in their resources and am happy they’ve been able to put this app together. It does have a lot of potential.

They fixed a bug so I should hold to my promise and increase the stars. A lot of value right from the start, lots of bugs fixed or ideologically improved to make for a better overall experience.

Since a half star is not a whole star, I’ll just round up. Highly anticipating auv3 support :)

Developer Response ,

This has been fixed! AUv3 is coming soon!

In-App Purchases

Silk Road: Erhu, Santur, Sitar
Santur, Sarod, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, Shenai
Latin Brass, Guitar, Trumpet
Latin American Brass, String, Wind Sounds
Turkish Sounds: Saz, Kanun
Baglama, Cümbüş, Kanun, Kaval, Mey, Saz
Euro Accordion, Clarinet, Sax
Accordion, Clarinet, Dulcimer, Organ, Sax
Arabic Sounds: Oud, Ney, Org
Kanun, Ney, Oud, Kamanjat, Accordion, Violin
Kavkaz Duduk, Tar, Zurna
Armenian, Azeri, Georgian & Persian Sounds


150.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Turkish Sounds: Saz, Kanun $2.99
  2. Arabic Sounds: Oud, Ney, Org $2.99
  3. Arabic Beats: Laff, Saidi, Fox $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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