“Unique sounds like syrup with dirt kicked into it. If Bootsy Collins, Roger Troutman and Daft Punk would have met up in Studio 54 to create a soft-synth, for sure something like Unique would have come out of it…” Sound & Recording Mag
Unique was made for fun and vibes: Analogue sound, intense modulation and a killer set of features, delivering an amazing sonic spectrum that’s full of character: Classy sounds, powerful, warm… sometimes gritty.
Each of the 2 oscillators offers a selection of 5 waveforms: sawtooth and pulse waves are here, along with noise, triple saw and triple FM waves. There's also an additional sub-oscillator strapped into the master section for added oomph.
The internal controllers will bring in the dynamics: an LFO and an envelope, there's a recordable XY field & a sequencer. Use these to modulate any knob – a simple long tap will do.
The sound springs to life when it hits the filter section. Needless to say, analogue high-pass, low-pass and band-pass varieties are in place, along with a comb filter.
Standards aside, the actual intention behind this project, the Vowel Filter, also became its outstanding feature: string together two or four vowel formants and play them back in a multitude of ways.
Once you’ve built your sound, there’s tons of sound polish in two chained multi-effect units.
• Sawtooth, Triple Saw, Pulse, Triple FM, Noise with tonal Filter, Sub Sine
• 5 Filters with 5 Modulators each
• Duophone Arpeggiator
• Vowel Filter
• Two Effect Sections
• Ableton Link Kit
• MIDI Learn & Host Automation
• 300 groovy presets by various artists
Ongoing improvements and bug-fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Working properly for me as of 1.08
It’s a great synth, it’s fun to program, it looses two stars because of the poor QC during the last two updates. It would have been FAR less damaging to the developers reputation to have noted in the app description that an update was coming ‘soon’ and gotten those updated right from the start, rather than to have loosed the prior updates upon the world....
But I can now recommend it without hesitation and with the hope that any future updates (if they’re ever needed) get proper testing prior to release.
The most sluggish and laggy synth on iOS
I have been very patiently waiting since its release, hoping for an update to fix the crazy laggy and sluggish UI on 'newer' devices. But after all this time it seems it has still been ignored by the developer. I reduced my rating because of this. If you read also the reviews of their iPhone version you will find the same complaints from users. I own an iPadPro 9.7 with 256GB and even the most demanding apps run extremely smooth on it, except for this one. I own all other SugarBytes apps which run smoothly as well, so this is their worst product so far in my opinion. Sorry for the harsh words, but they have been giving the benefit of the doubt for a very long time since the release of this app but have done nothing in the mean time about all the many complaints of users. Still no update, no fix, no AU.... NO STARS!
Update to 2023: i now own the latest and maxed out iPad Pro M2, and still this is one of the most sluggish running synths of everything that I own. I guess my review from 5 years ago is still acurate and this is a very inefficiently programmed piece of software. I usually love all the Sugarbytes software and Inown all of it, but this is my least favorite one due to how laggy the whole experience feels.
It’s lagging bad on iPad Pros
Edit: None of the below have been addressed, another thing to add is that the onscreen keys are lagging real bad when trying to play something faster. This is on the 10,5” iPad Pro.
Unique is a classic desktop plugin synth. It has its own sound, and will provide some new unique timbres in iOS land. It's great, amazing, awesome yada ya da etc, except for one thing...
Look. At. The. Keyboard. It's 1 octave. You literally can't play the thing. 2 octaves is bare minimum, up to 2,5-3 octaves should be in the options. I'm scratching my head here as this is the first Sugar Bytes app with a new touchscreen friendly facelift. That and the fact that the actual synth is great.
I'll update my review when I can play this beautiful synth.
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- 34.9 MB
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
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- © 2017-2023 Sugar Bytes
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