Old question: Selection of Synths (or sonic content)

My current, short list of Synths with my knowledge about their Synth / Sonics (Audio) content:

Anything that comes with Cubasis (Synth and Sonic)
Anything that comes with Auria Pro and the free downloads (Synth and Sonic)
Anything that comes with ThumbJam and the free downloads (all Sonic, i think)
Anything that comes with Beathwak

KORG Gadget with Madrid and Gladstone (Synth and Sonic)
modstep (Synth, drum Sonics)

Poison-202 (Synth and Sonic?)
Thor (Synth)
Magellan (Synth)
SynthMaster Player (Synth and Sonic?)
DM2 (Synth)
GeoShred (Synth, i think)

Other Apps do not realy quality for Synth or Sonic content, i think ...

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  • On my App Store wishlist, i added every Synth that got recommended in this forum or on the WAB site.
    I know, i know ... old and stupid question ... but ...
    Which (small) selection of the following Synth should i add to my above list of Synths?

    (Please note, that i can mostly guessing about Synth / Sonics parts)

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    Sonics:

    Patterning: Drum Machine
    SampleTank
    DrumPerfect Pro
    KORG Module
    bismark bs-16i
    iFretless Bass

    and less often mentioned:

    Elastic Drums (Sonic with newly added support for Sonics and IAP Sonic content)
    Attack Drums (just assuming Sonic)
    Future Drummer (just assuming Sonic)
    Drum Session (just assuming Sonic)

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    Synths:

    Troublemaker
    KORG iM1
    Nave ---> last update 2015 .... AbandonWare?
    Z3TA+ ---> last update 2015 .... AbandonWare?
    Tera Synth (and / or microTera?!?)
    Mitosynth
    Arctic ProSynth
    Animoog
    Sunrizer synth
    CASSINI Synthesizer
    Phasemaker
    LayR - Multi
    Model 15

    and less often mentioned:

    iVCS3
    iMini Synthesizer
    BitWiz Audio Synth ---> last update 2014, seems AbandonWare

  • For Sonic content would gravitate to:

    DrumPerfect Pro
    KORG Module
    SampleTank

    But what about the real Synths?

    Even when dropping the adondoned ones, the list is quite long :neutral:

    What could I need more - for any type of Music - to complete my list of Synths?

  • edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    Definitely get sunrizer
    It's the classic iOS synth :)
    Animoog and nave make nice wavetable sounds
    If you are into weird and wonderful get iVCS3

    Soundwise it's a good idea to combine different forms of synthesis
    So have a go to virtual analog, an fm thing, a wavetable thing, a granular thing, a sampler - you get the idea

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    OK, sounds good ;-)
    Thank you!

    Sunrizer: Virtual analog -> will get
    Animoog: Wave table (Nave seems abandoned) -> will get

    Open slots:

    FM = Frequency Modulation, I think
    Granular Thing?!? No idea
    Samples: I think that is covered by what I called "Sonic" above - should be covered

    Thor seems to be of several such types, not sure how to classify it
    Poison-202.... no idea ;-)
    One of them a "Granular type"?

    Magellan should be FM, I think - so FM is covered, right?

  • Moog Model 15 should be on every list.

  • Magellan allows for FM but it's not an FM synth. Phasemaker is the easy answer for FM at this point (IMNSHO).

    Your list, + Sunrizer + Animoog + Phasemaker is a pretty righteous arsenal of synths by any measure other than app junkies. ;)

  • And maybe Vince Clarke.

  • @nrgb said:
    Moog Model 15 should be on every list.

    In which class falls Model 15?

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    @syrupcore said:
    And maybe Vince Clarke.

    Cannot find anything with that name in my App Store :neutral:

    EDIT: Haaaaaa, now I got it! :-D

  • @tja said:

    @nrgb said:
    Moog Model 15 should be on every list.

    In which class falls Model 15?

    Virtual analog. It's amazing but it's not going to fill a hole in your set up (though it might replace some stuff!).

  • So, Sunrizer over Model 15 in this class?
    Orrrrrr? ;-)

  • I meant your collection of synths is a pretty righteous arsenal of synths by any measure other than app junkies or vince clarke.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=vince+clarke+studio&safe=off&tbm=isch

  • @syrupcore said:
    I meant your collection of synths is a pretty righteous arsenal of synths by any measure other than app junkies or vince clarke.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=vince+clarke+studio&safe=off&tbm=isch

    Yep, on second read I got it and edited my answer ;-)

  • Elastic Drums is a synth that recently added sample import and sample packs via IAPs

  • Poison-202 is a digital synth

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    Thanks and thanks!
    I try to update this above .... (could not edit the first posting anymore)

  • Patterning uses samples, and can import sample kits.
    Keep in mind the special sauce of Patterning is the patterns it can create, which can be sent via MIDI to your synth of choice ;)

  • Granular > ipulsaret

  • Depends how deep down the granular rabbit whole you want to go but Samplr will do granularish things and it's monstrous beauty of an ios classic that no music iPad should be without.

  • edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    @syrupcore
    You know me,
    I want to go with the devil infront of his kitchen door. :D

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    @Max23 said:
    Granular > ipulsaret

    Thanks ...
    It seems i need some education about types of Synths :blush:

    Anyway, i never heard the name "iPulsaret" ... are there other, more prominent examples?
    Otherwise, i would add it to my list :smile:

    EDIT: I cannot see MIDI mentioned in the description :-O

  • @syrupcore said:
    Depends how deep down the granular rabbit whole you want to go but Samplr will do granularish things and it's monstrous beauty of an ios classic that no music iPad should be without.

    May be true, but last update was 2014 - i think, it is dead.
    And knowbody knows if it will run on iOS 11+ anymore ...

    If that work´s i may buy it on the next iPad :-D

    BTW, this forum has just wrong smiley graphics ;-)

  • edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    according to the infamous quote 'some said dead will live longer' ... just a couple of days ago I used SamplR as an essential tool in a collage of sounds.
    If it won't run on current hardware some day I don't mind.
    Any iPad Two has enough juice to run it, so it will simply get a refurbished new home. ;)

    GrainScience (same developer as Mitosynth) is worth mentioning.

  • Don't forget Borderlands granular. You can touch the music. Its super futuristic and you can create great soundscapes and drones. Love it.

  • Most of you seem to be very familar with the different types of Synths.
    I googled and found some interesting sites - i post them in case of others stupids like me :-D

    Quite short overview:
    http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/6-synthesis-methods-in-a-nutshell-196545

    Complete with some history:
    https://sites.google.com/site/elenassynthesisassignment/types-of-synthesis

    A little bit bad to read, but with some more details, less history:
    http://musicterminology.weebly.com/synthesizer.html

    And finally even with examples:
    https://www.musical-u.com/learn/recognize-different-types-synthesis/

  • tjatja
    edited June 2017 Vote Up0

    I got Sunrizer and Phasemaker.

    Animoog/ Model 15 will need to wait - spend too much too fast :-)
    I am not sure about those granular Synths....

    Anything else?

    Left on the prominent list:

    Troublemaker
    KORG iM1
    Tera Synth
    Mitosynth
    Arctic ProSynth
    CASSINI Synthesizer
    LayR - Multi

  • @tja said:
    Most of you seem to be very familar with the different types of Synths.
    I googled and found some interesting sites - i post them in case of others stupids like me :-D

    Quite short overview:
    http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/6-synthesis-methods-in-a-nutshell-196545

    Complete with some history:
    https://sites.google.com/site/elenassynthesisassignment/types-of-synthesis

    A little bit bad to read, but with some more details, less history:
    http://musicterminology.weebly.com/synthesizer.html

    And finally even with examples:
    https://www.musical-u.com/learn/recognize-different-types-synthesis/

    Thanks for those! Always interested in getting more resources to explain synthesis methods to people.
    A surprisingly useful overview is part of the online help for Apple’s Logic Pro X. Not only are all the instruments mentioned also in MainStage but the overview gives a pretty decent idea of some of the differences between some methods. Things get a bit tricky when you start mentioning “wavetable”, particularly with “vector synthesis”.
    (Speaking of which... People here tend to find iWavestation rather dated, because of its association with the 1990s. But its synthesis method is quite specific, though it sounds like it may bear some similarities with Nave. Thing is, Korg still actively develops iWavestation and Nave has an uncertain future.)

    Speaking of unusual methods, Animoog really is one of a kind. In a way, it’s like a combination of a wavetable/wavesequence synth and a virtual analog/subtractive synth. People rave about Model 15 but Animoog might remain my favourite iOS synth.

    Ended up in this thread while searching for mentions of Arctic ProSynth. Have yet to try it but it’s on a relatively short list of iOS apps which support MPE, Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression. There’s a couple of romplers in there (like the iFretless series) but it does cover a few synth methods as well.

  • Very interesting!

    And iWavestation, Animoog, Model 15 and Artic ProSynth increased their rank on my wishlist :DDDD

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