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synthecaster fuses elements from guitars and keyboards into a full range polyphonic instrument that is intuitive, accommodates a wide variety of playing styles, and generates an even wider variety of sounds. The instrument allows for technical playing styles such as shredding and complex chord formation and can be used as a MIDI controller. Now with Motion Modulation, synthecaster is more expressive than ever. - Keys are arranged in string-like rows (tuned in perfect fourths by default) - Sliding across keys in a row results in legato sliding or portamento gliding from note to note - Sliding a key up or down will bend its pitch in the same direction - Several notes can be played on the same row simultaneously - Simultaneously play up to 10 notes on iPad Pro, 7 notes on iPad, or 5 notes on iPhone - The entire keyboard spans over 6 octaves (not including the range added by oscillator tuning) - Tune each row individually - Highlight or show only the notes from any scale How Motion Modulation works: - Any slider-based synth parameter with blue or green text can be tapped to view its motion settings - The parameter can be modulated by the device's roll (tilting vertically clockwise or counterclockwise) or pitch (tilting upward or downward) - The position of the parameter's slider is the base setting for the parameter - Tilting the device modulates the value either from its base setting to its minimum or maximum setting depending on the tilt, the modulation amount, and the modulation direction. synthecaster's audio is generated by a powerful and highly configurable polyphonic synth engine: - Dual oscillators with individual tuning - Filter with envelope sweeping - Amplifier ADSR envelope - Soft clip, hard clip, bitcrush, and downsampling distortion - LFO assignable to amplitude, filter cutoff, or oscillator tuning - Stereo flanger, chorus, and delay effects - Over 55 preloaded synth presets including 7 motion presets - Create custom presets and share them using AirDrop or Mail - High quality stereo audio output - Inter-App Audio support - Audiobus compatibility with state saving synthecaster is Core MIDI compatible as a MIDI controller. In Multi Channel mode, MIDI messages are output in OMNI mode, where each MIDI channel represents a synth voice (channels 1-7 on the iPad, 1-5 on the iPhone). To best replicate synthecaster’s polyphonic expressiveness, try setting a separate instrument voice for each channel. The following MIDI messages are supported: - Note on/off events, by touching and releasing keys - Pitch wheel change, by sliding a key up or down - Polyphonic legato ties by sliding across keys. Compatible with a variety of apps including Animoog and ThumbJam. - Legato pedal on/off for legato ties, by sliding across keys For best results, play through speakers or headphones. Note: Not recommended for iPhone 4 due to performance issues.
Well done.
by Murdock Scott on 2018/05/03 14:57
I love alternate controllers and this is a straightforward one with a surprising amount of customization available under the hood. I recommend trying it out.
Small but cool
by Dnchg on 2018/04/22 16:45
So many nice sounds and so convenient controls in so small app. That said, you are free to customize the tuning however you wish, like with string instruments (of course, with semitone step). Buy it, pal. * i only wish it would start upside down when screen rotation is locked, that is respecting ipad cover used as a stand
Powerful, Fun, and Highly Customizable
by My initials are BS on 2015/12/25 23:25
So far so good! I've been playing around with this App for a few days on my iPad Air 2 and I'm really impressed. It's really a great way to jam when all I have is my iPad, offering a wide array of customizations for the interface and the instrument. I've also successfully used it to connect over network to my MacBook Pro and control Ableton Live 9, so I'll likely be using this to write and record as well. Highly recommended.
Cool app, I mean Instrument
by Ase o/m/g on 2015/10/03 05:13
The design of this app is different but I get it. Non keyboard musicians or not very good with keyboards (like me) can have fun with this. I know I was when I was spending a lot of time just exploring the sounds or more like 'manipulating' the sounds I was hearing. This is a very expressive instrument (acoustic instrument like) and not just a touch this 'button/key' instrument or app. Very cool and I'm glad to try to learn how to play it.
An incredibly simple, yet powerful MIDI controller and instrument!
by WendysFrostyCarlos on 2015/09/07 03:02
Built in synth engine that is more than adequate and fantastic presets to get one going in a jiff! A must have for any iOS musician or for someone that wants to have fun making music with their fingers. Noise, soundtracks, compositions, solos, bass lines... It does it all!
Yes indeedy!
by UrbanImages on 2015/08/25 05:42
This is a non-keyboard players dream! Very well thought out and put together simple yet full of control over synths.... Thanks!
Yahoo! This is a great addition to iOS synths!
by Aka monkey dope on 2015/06/18 19:54
This was a huge surprise! And a welcome one. It's clean and straight forward interface and synth engine is a joy to use plus the poly pitch bend is yearning to be stretched and the effects are really useful and well thought out.Yes it is audio buss compatible and is a powerful midi controller that can control or be controlled.and for this price it gets two thumbs WAY up! Peace Christo
Tiny and mighty
by TooMuchTo on 2015/06/02 09:55
Midi controller and has a built in synth. Don't try and do runs or span a keyboard on other iOS synths key. Use this instead.
Genius! So much fun.
by bengarland on 2014/12/15 02:31
This app is such a refreshing take on making music. The expressiveness is bar none when compared to traditional synth apps with a piano keyboard. The interface is so simple, yet this app has lots of the nuts and bolts needed to plug into a modern iOS music production system. I like it a LOT. So much creative fun.
An elegantly assembled and extremely fun instrument
by pahess on 2014/08/04 17:55
The best apps are those that embrace the nature interacting with a touch interface, and create something simple and elegantly functional, rather than trying to mix metaphors for the sake of delivering on what is perceived as warm cozy familiarity. Synthecaster gets this so right. The guitar influenced key layout mixed with a simply executed colorful grid, that takes cues from iOS 7's flat graphic quality, make for a fantastic way to navigate, play and manipulate notes. This app represents the first time I have found genuine enjoyment playing an instrument on a touch screen device, because it focuses solely on how somebody can quickly interact with a screen rather than confining the user's movements to a set of imitation piano keys or guitar strings. The app is further bolstered by it's range of options for creating and crafting synth textures, and I was blown away by app's built-in presets at launch. The latest version provides some marked legibility improvements, that make the keys even nicer to navigate. The integration with recording apps is a very helpful addition.
Just awesome.
by darkgoob on 2014/07/16 15:09
Here we have a true iOS synth app. What I mean is that the developer did not try to mimic or emulate a hardware device. Instead he did what he should have done, which is that he made a well-designed iOS app that just so happens to be a synthesizer. It uses standard-issue iOS 7 interface elements for everything except the keys themselves, which are a fairly unique layout that works well. But where this app really shines is that out of all my iPhone synth apps it's literally the only one that supports Apple's IAA protocol (in-app audio) meaning it's the only iOS synth app that I've found that can communicate with my Multitrack DAW app. I was able to use this to lay down some bass synth tracks under a recording I did. I found that this was extremely useful. However on the down-side, it only seems to work in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode with Multitrack DAW. When I had the DAW app set to 24-bit, 88.2khz mode, it would not launch. In 24-bit, 44.1khz mode, everything sounded like it was going through a grain filter (nasty). It works fine in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode over IAA, and I don't know if this is a limitation of IAA, or Apple's synthesis APIs, or of the Synthecaster app itself. But it certainly limits its usefulness in these situations. I'm deducting one star from it for this, but I'd put it to five stars if this ever gets resolved (as its only a minor quibble).
Really Fun to Play
by SpaceCadet-528hz on 2014/06/24 08:09
For what it's worth, I like it. Actually, I have become quite fond of it.
Favorite Midi Controller App
by Mikes jello on 2014/05/29 15:29
Nice update! Great new stuff for iPad users. Nice update for iPhone, too. Synthecaster is my new favorite midi controller for virtual midi synths. Doesn't hurt that I am a guitar player.
Robust and easy to use
by Agdrvi on 2014/05/22 03:13
There's a ridiculous amount of customization and different synth presets on this thing. The interface is so easy to use a baby can literally play a song with it. I don't really know how to play music but I can spend over an hour at a time just jamming with this app. Highly recommended!
Layers upon layers of sound exploration
by sshwrgls on 2013/12/25 02:50
Easy and intuitive to use, this app packs an enormous range of variables into a sleek, beautiful design. I really appreciate the options to toggle note names and highlight scales in every key. With MIDI functionality added, this app will take you from music theory studies to any party or jam sesh. GET IT NOW!
Great App , even better with the update And now the iPad version makes it even more versatile
by Michelezr on 2013/12/11 00:25
Great update to this app, now even better than ever .
Crashing after latest update
by Aureal on 2013/11/26 06:21
After updating to current version... Nov 25th 2013, app now crashes upon start. Prior to the update it launched without issue. Rebooted iPad.. Tested on both gen 2 and gen 4 with same results. Hopefully will get fixed quickly.
Awesome update
by STICKMAN48 on 2013/11/17 19:52
Love the new update. Seems like it was made for the iPad.
Music mixology
by OopsimL8 on 2013/11/15 14:21
Great sounds
Music lover
by Maestroblaster on 2013/11/15 06:00
Easy to use. Fun as well.
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
So much potential, but...
by Sythetic Elvis on 2013/11/14 07:53
Needs midi out.
No brainer
by Sattech27 on 2013/11/12 12:59
For the price, sound, and functionality, this is one of my best purchases. The latest update improved the expressiveness greatly. From what I've seen so far, the dev seems to be very supportive and responsive. Great job on this one!
Great app
by Spooky Action on 2013/11/05 06:31
This is a quality instrument. Works fantastically with Audiobus. A real diversity of tones and it does dirty sounds very well! Recommended.
Bob s
by rsdc2u on 2013/11/02 00:50
Great app that is lots of fun for the novice while giving a professional musician lots of room to use its customizable options.
TEH BEST!!
by boom4real on 2013/10/30 23:33
This app is so awesome and cool!!
Powerful, Fun, and Highly Customizable
by My initials are BS on 2015/12/25 23:25
So far so good! I've been playing around with this App for a few days on my iPad Air 2 and I'm really impressed. It's really a great way to jam when all I have is my iPad, offering a wide array of customizations for the interface and the instrument. I've also successfully used it to connect over network to my MacBook Pro and control Ableton Live 9, so I'll likely be using this to write and record as well. Highly recommended.
Small but cool
by Dnchg on 2018/04/22 16:45
So many nice sounds and so convenient controls in so small app. That said, you are free to customize the tuning however you wish, like with string instruments (of course, with semitone step). Buy it, pal. * i only wish it would start upside down when screen rotation is locked, that is respecting ipad cover used as a stand
Well done.
by Murdock Scott on 2018/05/03 14:57
I love alternate controllers and this is a straightforward one with a surprising amount of customization available under the hood. I recommend trying it out.
An elegantly assembled and extremely fun instrument
by pahess on 2014/08/04 17:55
The best apps are those that embrace the nature interacting with a touch interface, and create something simple and elegantly functional, rather than trying to mix metaphors for the sake of delivering on what is perceived as warm cozy familiarity. Synthecaster gets this so right. The guitar influenced key layout mixed with a simply executed colorful grid, that takes cues from iOS 7's flat graphic quality, make for a fantastic way to navigate, play and manipulate notes. This app represents the first time I have found genuine enjoyment playing an instrument on a touch screen device, because it focuses solely on how somebody can quickly interact with a screen rather than confining the user's movements to a set of imitation piano keys or guitar strings. The app is further bolstered by it's range of options for creating and crafting synth textures, and I was blown away by app's built-in presets at launch. The latest version provides some marked legibility improvements, that make the keys even nicer to navigate. The integration with recording apps is a very helpful addition.
Cool app, I mean Instrument
by Ase o/m/g on 2015/10/03 05:13
The design of this app is different but I get it. Non keyboard musicians or not very good with keyboards (like me) can have fun with this. I know I was when I was spending a lot of time just exploring the sounds or more like 'manipulating' the sounds I was hearing. This is a very expressive instrument (acoustic instrument like) and not just a touch this 'button/key' instrument or app. Very cool and I'm glad to try to learn how to play it.
Robust and easy to use
by Agdrvi on 2014/05/22 03:13
There's a ridiculous amount of customization and different synth presets on this thing. The interface is so easy to use a baby can literally play a song with it. I don't really know how to play music but I can spend over an hour at a time just jamming with this app. Highly recommended!
Genius! So much fun.
by bengarland on 2014/12/15 02:31
This app is such a refreshing take on making music. The expressiveness is bar none when compared to traditional synth apps with a piano keyboard. The interface is so simple, yet this app has lots of the nuts and bolts needed to plug into a modern iOS music production system. I like it a LOT. So much creative fun.
Layers upon layers of sound exploration
by sshwrgls on 2013/12/25 02:50
Easy and intuitive to use, this app packs an enormous range of variables into a sleek, beautiful design. I really appreciate the options to toggle note names and highlight scales in every key. With MIDI functionality added, this app will take you from music theory studies to any party or jam sesh. GET IT NOW!
An incredibly simple, yet powerful MIDI controller and instrument!
by WendysFrostyCarlos on 2015/09/07 03:02
Built in synth engine that is more than adequate and fantastic presets to get one going in a jiff! A must have for any iOS musician or for someone that wants to have fun making music with their fingers. Noise, soundtracks, compositions, solos, bass lines... It does it all!
No brainer
by Sattech27 on 2013/11/12 12:59
For the price, sound, and functionality, this is one of my best purchases. The latest update improved the expressiveness greatly. From what I've seen so far, the dev seems to be very supportive and responsive. Great job on this one!
Great App , even better with the update And now the iPad version makes it even more versatile
by Michelezr on 2013/12/11 00:25
Great update to this app, now even better than ever .
Crashing after latest update
by Aureal on 2013/11/26 06:21
After updating to current version... Nov 25th 2013, app now crashes upon start. Prior to the update it launched without issue. Rebooted iPad.. Tested on both gen 2 and gen 4 with same results. Hopefully will get fixed quickly.
Favorite Midi Controller App
by Mikes jello on 2014/05/29 15:29
Nice update! Great new stuff for iPad users. Nice update for iPhone, too. Synthecaster is my new favorite midi controller for virtual midi synths. Doesn't hurt that I am a guitar player.
Bob s
by rsdc2u on 2013/11/02 00:50
Great app that is lots of fun for the novice while giving a professional musician lots of room to use its customizable options.
Tiny and mighty
by TooMuchTo on 2015/06/02 09:55
Midi controller and has a built in synth. Don't try and do runs or span a keyboard on other iOS synths key. Use this instead.
Yes indeedy!
by UrbanImages on 2015/08/25 05:42
This is a non-keyboard players dream! Very well thought out and put together simple yet full of control over synths.... Thanks!
Really Fun to Play
by SpaceCadet-528hz on 2014/06/24 08:09
For what it's worth, I like it. Actually, I have become quite fond of it.
Great app
by Spooky Action on 2013/11/05 06:31
This is a quality instrument. Works fantastically with Audiobus. A real diversity of tones and it does dirty sounds very well! Recommended.
Awesome update
by STICKMAN48 on 2013/11/17 19:52
Love the new update. Seems like it was made for the iPad.
Music lover
by Maestroblaster on 2013/11/15 06:00
Easy to use. Fun as well.
Music mixology
by OopsimL8 on 2013/11/15 14:21
Great sounds
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
So much potential, but...
by Sythetic Elvis on 2013/11/14 07:53
Needs midi out.
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
TEH BEST!!
by boom4real on 2013/10/30 23:33
This app is so awesome and cool!!
Yahoo! This is a great addition to iOS synths!
by Aka monkey dope on 2015/06/18 19:54
This was a huge surprise! And a welcome one. It's clean and straight forward interface and synth engine is a joy to use plus the poly pitch bend is yearning to be stretched and the effects are really useful and well thought out.Yes it is audio buss compatible and is a powerful midi controller that can control or be controlled.and for this price it gets two thumbs WAY up! Peace Christo
Just awesome.
by darkgoob on 2014/07/16 15:09
Here we have a true iOS synth app. What I mean is that the developer did not try to mimic or emulate a hardware device. Instead he did what he should have done, which is that he made a well-designed iOS app that just so happens to be a synthesizer. It uses standard-issue iOS 7 interface elements for everything except the keys themselves, which are a fairly unique layout that works well. But where this app really shines is that out of all my iPhone synth apps it's literally the only one that supports Apple's IAA protocol (in-app audio) meaning it's the only iOS synth app that I've found that can communicate with my Multitrack DAW app. I was able to use this to lay down some bass synth tracks under a recording I did. I found that this was extremely useful. However on the down-side, it only seems to work in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode with Multitrack DAW. When I had the DAW app set to 24-bit, 88.2khz mode, it would not launch. In 24-bit, 44.1khz mode, everything sounded like it was going through a grain filter (nasty). It works fine in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode over IAA, and I don't know if this is a limitation of IAA, or Apple's synthesis APIs, or of the Synthecaster app itself. But it certainly limits its usefulness in these situations. I'm deducting one star from it for this, but I'd put it to five stars if this ever gets resolved (as its only a minor quibble).
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synthecaster fuses elements from guitars and keyboards into a full range polyphonic instrument that is intuitive, accommodates a wide variety of playing styles, and generates an even wider variety of sounds. The instrument allows for technical playing styles such as shredding and complex chord formation and can be used as a MIDI controller. Now with Motion Modulation, synthecaster is more expressive than ever. - Keys are arranged in string-like rows (tuned in perfect fourths by default) - Sliding across keys in a row results in legato sliding or portamento gliding from note to note - Sliding a key up or down will bend its pitch in the same direction - Several notes can be played on the same row simultaneously - Simultaneously play up to 10 notes on iPad Pro, 7 notes on iPad, or 5 notes on iPhone - The entire keyboard spans over 6 octaves (not including the range added by oscillator tuning) - Tune each row individually - Highlight or show only the notes from any scale How Motion Modulation works: - Any slider-based synth parameter with blue or green text can be tapped to view its motion settings - The parameter can be modulated by the device's roll (tilting vertically clockwise or counterclockwise) or pitch (tilting upward or downward) - The position of the parameter's slider is the base setting for the parameter - Tilting the device modulates the value either from its base setting to its minimum or maximum setting depending on the tilt, the modulation amount, and the modulation direction. synthecaster's audio is generated by a powerful and highly configurable polyphonic synth engine: - Dual oscillators with individual tuning - Filter with envelope sweeping - Amplifier ADSR envelope - Soft clip, hard clip, bitcrush, and downsampling distortion - LFO assignable to amplitude, filter cutoff, or oscillator tuning - Stereo flanger, chorus, and delay effects - Over 55 preloaded synth presets including 7 motion presets - Create custom presets and share them using AirDrop or Mail - High quality stereo audio output - Inter-App Audio support - Audiobus compatibility with state saving synthecaster is Core MIDI compatible as a MIDI controller. In Multi Channel mode, MIDI messages are output in OMNI mode, where each MIDI channel represents a synth voice (channels 1-7 on the iPad, 1-5 on the iPhone). To best replicate synthecaster’s polyphonic expressiveness, try setting a separate instrument voice for each channel. The following MIDI messages are supported: - Note on/off events, by touching and releasing keys - Pitch wheel change, by sliding a key up or down - Polyphonic legato ties by sliding across keys. Compatible with a variety of apps including Animoog and ThumbJam. - Legato pedal on/off for legato ties, by sliding across keys For best results, play through speakers or headphones. Note: Not recommended for iPhone 4 due to performance issues.
Well done.
by Murdock Scott on 2018/05/03 14:57
I love alternate controllers and this is a straightforward one with a surprising amount of customization available under the hood. I recommend trying it out.
Small but cool
by Dnchg on 2018/04/22 16:45
So many nice sounds and so convenient controls in so small app. That said, you are free to customize the tuning however you wish, like with string instruments (of course, with semitone step). Buy it, pal. * i only wish it would start upside down when screen rotation is locked, that is respecting ipad cover used as a stand
Powerful, Fun, and Highly Customizable
by My initials are BS on 2015/12/25 23:25
So far so good! I've been playing around with this App for a few days on my iPad Air 2 and I'm really impressed. It's really a great way to jam when all I have is my iPad, offering a wide array of customizations for the interface and the instrument. I've also successfully used it to connect over network to my MacBook Pro and control Ableton Live 9, so I'll likely be using this to write and record as well. Highly recommended.
Cool app, I mean Instrument
by Ase o/m/g on 2015/10/03 05:13
The design of this app is different but I get it. Non keyboard musicians or not very good with keyboards (like me) can have fun with this. I know I was when I was spending a lot of time just exploring the sounds or more like 'manipulating' the sounds I was hearing. This is a very expressive instrument (acoustic instrument like) and not just a touch this 'button/key' instrument or app. Very cool and I'm glad to try to learn how to play it.
An incredibly simple, yet powerful MIDI controller and instrument!
by WendysFrostyCarlos on 2015/09/07 03:02
Built in synth engine that is more than adequate and fantastic presets to get one going in a jiff! A must have for any iOS musician or for someone that wants to have fun making music with their fingers. Noise, soundtracks, compositions, solos, bass lines... It does it all!
Yes indeedy!
by UrbanImages on 2015/08/25 05:42
This is a non-keyboard players dream! Very well thought out and put together simple yet full of control over synths.... Thanks!
Yahoo! This is a great addition to iOS synths!
by Aka monkey dope on 2015/06/18 19:54
This was a huge surprise! And a welcome one. It's clean and straight forward interface and synth engine is a joy to use plus the poly pitch bend is yearning to be stretched and the effects are really useful and well thought out.Yes it is audio buss compatible and is a powerful midi controller that can control or be controlled.and for this price it gets two thumbs WAY up! Peace Christo
Tiny and mighty
by TooMuchTo on 2015/06/02 09:55
Midi controller and has a built in synth. Don't try and do runs or span a keyboard on other iOS synths key. Use this instead.
Genius! So much fun.
by bengarland on 2014/12/15 02:31
This app is such a refreshing take on making music. The expressiveness is bar none when compared to traditional synth apps with a piano keyboard. The interface is so simple, yet this app has lots of the nuts and bolts needed to plug into a modern iOS music production system. I like it a LOT. So much creative fun.
An elegantly assembled and extremely fun instrument
by pahess on 2014/08/04 17:55
The best apps are those that embrace the nature interacting with a touch interface, and create something simple and elegantly functional, rather than trying to mix metaphors for the sake of delivering on what is perceived as warm cozy familiarity. Synthecaster gets this so right. The guitar influenced key layout mixed with a simply executed colorful grid, that takes cues from iOS 7's flat graphic quality, make for a fantastic way to navigate, play and manipulate notes. This app represents the first time I have found genuine enjoyment playing an instrument on a touch screen device, because it focuses solely on how somebody can quickly interact with a screen rather than confining the user's movements to a set of imitation piano keys or guitar strings. The app is further bolstered by it's range of options for creating and crafting synth textures, and I was blown away by app's built-in presets at launch. The latest version provides some marked legibility improvements, that make the keys even nicer to navigate. The integration with recording apps is a very helpful addition.
Just awesome.
by darkgoob on 2014/07/16 15:09
Here we have a true iOS synth app. What I mean is that the developer did not try to mimic or emulate a hardware device. Instead he did what he should have done, which is that he made a well-designed iOS app that just so happens to be a synthesizer. It uses standard-issue iOS 7 interface elements for everything except the keys themselves, which are a fairly unique layout that works well. But where this app really shines is that out of all my iPhone synth apps it's literally the only one that supports Apple's IAA protocol (in-app audio) meaning it's the only iOS synth app that I've found that can communicate with my Multitrack DAW app. I was able to use this to lay down some bass synth tracks under a recording I did. I found that this was extremely useful. However on the down-side, it only seems to work in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode with Multitrack DAW. When I had the DAW app set to 24-bit, 88.2khz mode, it would not launch. In 24-bit, 44.1khz mode, everything sounded like it was going through a grain filter (nasty). It works fine in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode over IAA, and I don't know if this is a limitation of IAA, or Apple's synthesis APIs, or of the Synthecaster app itself. But it certainly limits its usefulness in these situations. I'm deducting one star from it for this, but I'd put it to five stars if this ever gets resolved (as its only a minor quibble).
Really Fun to Play
by SpaceCadet-528hz on 2014/06/24 08:09
For what it's worth, I like it. Actually, I have become quite fond of it.
Favorite Midi Controller App
by Mikes jello on 2014/05/29 15:29
Nice update! Great new stuff for iPad users. Nice update for iPhone, too. Synthecaster is my new favorite midi controller for virtual midi synths. Doesn't hurt that I am a guitar player.
Robust and easy to use
by Agdrvi on 2014/05/22 03:13
There's a ridiculous amount of customization and different synth presets on this thing. The interface is so easy to use a baby can literally play a song with it. I don't really know how to play music but I can spend over an hour at a time just jamming with this app. Highly recommended!
Layers upon layers of sound exploration
by sshwrgls on 2013/12/25 02:50
Easy and intuitive to use, this app packs an enormous range of variables into a sleek, beautiful design. I really appreciate the options to toggle note names and highlight scales in every key. With MIDI functionality added, this app will take you from music theory studies to any party or jam sesh. GET IT NOW!
Great App , even better with the update And now the iPad version makes it even more versatile
by Michelezr on 2013/12/11 00:25
Great update to this app, now even better than ever .
Crashing after latest update
by Aureal on 2013/11/26 06:21
After updating to current version... Nov 25th 2013, app now crashes upon start. Prior to the update it launched without issue. Rebooted iPad.. Tested on both gen 2 and gen 4 with same results. Hopefully will get fixed quickly.
Awesome update
by STICKMAN48 on 2013/11/17 19:52
Love the new update. Seems like it was made for the iPad.
Music mixology
by OopsimL8 on 2013/11/15 14:21
Great sounds
Music lover
by Maestroblaster on 2013/11/15 06:00
Easy to use. Fun as well.
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
So much potential, but...
by Sythetic Elvis on 2013/11/14 07:53
Needs midi out.
No brainer
by Sattech27 on 2013/11/12 12:59
For the price, sound, and functionality, this is one of my best purchases. The latest update improved the expressiveness greatly. From what I've seen so far, the dev seems to be very supportive and responsive. Great job on this one!
Great app
by Spooky Action on 2013/11/05 06:31
This is a quality instrument. Works fantastically with Audiobus. A real diversity of tones and it does dirty sounds very well! Recommended.
Bob s
by rsdc2u on 2013/11/02 00:50
Great app that is lots of fun for the novice while giving a professional musician lots of room to use its customizable options.
TEH BEST!!
by boom4real on 2013/10/30 23:33
This app is so awesome and cool!!
Powerful, Fun, and Highly Customizable
by My initials are BS on 2015/12/25 23:25
So far so good! I've been playing around with this App for a few days on my iPad Air 2 and I'm really impressed. It's really a great way to jam when all I have is my iPad, offering a wide array of customizations for the interface and the instrument. I've also successfully used it to connect over network to my MacBook Pro and control Ableton Live 9, so I'll likely be using this to write and record as well. Highly recommended.
Small but cool
by Dnchg on 2018/04/22 16:45
So many nice sounds and so convenient controls in so small app. That said, you are free to customize the tuning however you wish, like with string instruments (of course, with semitone step). Buy it, pal. * i only wish it would start upside down when screen rotation is locked, that is respecting ipad cover used as a stand
Well done.
by Murdock Scott on 2018/05/03 14:57
I love alternate controllers and this is a straightforward one with a surprising amount of customization available under the hood. I recommend trying it out.
An elegantly assembled and extremely fun instrument
by pahess on 2014/08/04 17:55
The best apps are those that embrace the nature interacting with a touch interface, and create something simple and elegantly functional, rather than trying to mix metaphors for the sake of delivering on what is perceived as warm cozy familiarity. Synthecaster gets this so right. The guitar influenced key layout mixed with a simply executed colorful grid, that takes cues from iOS 7's flat graphic quality, make for a fantastic way to navigate, play and manipulate notes. This app represents the first time I have found genuine enjoyment playing an instrument on a touch screen device, because it focuses solely on how somebody can quickly interact with a screen rather than confining the user's movements to a set of imitation piano keys or guitar strings. The app is further bolstered by it's range of options for creating and crafting synth textures, and I was blown away by app's built-in presets at launch. The latest version provides some marked legibility improvements, that make the keys even nicer to navigate. The integration with recording apps is a very helpful addition.
Cool app, I mean Instrument
by Ase o/m/g on 2015/10/03 05:13
The design of this app is different but I get it. Non keyboard musicians or not very good with keyboards (like me) can have fun with this. I know I was when I was spending a lot of time just exploring the sounds or more like 'manipulating' the sounds I was hearing. This is a very expressive instrument (acoustic instrument like) and not just a touch this 'button/key' instrument or app. Very cool and I'm glad to try to learn how to play it.
Robust and easy to use
by Agdrvi on 2014/05/22 03:13
There's a ridiculous amount of customization and different synth presets on this thing. The interface is so easy to use a baby can literally play a song with it. I don't really know how to play music but I can spend over an hour at a time just jamming with this app. Highly recommended!
Genius! So much fun.
by bengarland on 2014/12/15 02:31
This app is such a refreshing take on making music. The expressiveness is bar none when compared to traditional synth apps with a piano keyboard. The interface is so simple, yet this app has lots of the nuts and bolts needed to plug into a modern iOS music production system. I like it a LOT. So much creative fun.
Layers upon layers of sound exploration
by sshwrgls on 2013/12/25 02:50
Easy and intuitive to use, this app packs an enormous range of variables into a sleek, beautiful design. I really appreciate the options to toggle note names and highlight scales in every key. With MIDI functionality added, this app will take you from music theory studies to any party or jam sesh. GET IT NOW!
An incredibly simple, yet powerful MIDI controller and instrument!
by WendysFrostyCarlos on 2015/09/07 03:02
Built in synth engine that is more than adequate and fantastic presets to get one going in a jiff! A must have for any iOS musician or for someone that wants to have fun making music with their fingers. Noise, soundtracks, compositions, solos, bass lines... It does it all!
No brainer
by Sattech27 on 2013/11/12 12:59
For the price, sound, and functionality, this is one of my best purchases. The latest update improved the expressiveness greatly. From what I've seen so far, the dev seems to be very supportive and responsive. Great job on this one!
Great App , even better with the update And now the iPad version makes it even more versatile
by Michelezr on 2013/12/11 00:25
Great update to this app, now even better than ever .
Crashing after latest update
by Aureal on 2013/11/26 06:21
After updating to current version... Nov 25th 2013, app now crashes upon start. Prior to the update it launched without issue. Rebooted iPad.. Tested on both gen 2 and gen 4 with same results. Hopefully will get fixed quickly.
Favorite Midi Controller App
by Mikes jello on 2014/05/29 15:29
Nice update! Great new stuff for iPad users. Nice update for iPhone, too. Synthecaster is my new favorite midi controller for virtual midi synths. Doesn't hurt that I am a guitar player.
Bob s
by rsdc2u on 2013/11/02 00:50
Great app that is lots of fun for the novice while giving a professional musician lots of room to use its customizable options.
Tiny and mighty
by TooMuchTo on 2015/06/02 09:55
Midi controller and has a built in synth. Don't try and do runs or span a keyboard on other iOS synths key. Use this instead.
Yes indeedy!
by UrbanImages on 2015/08/25 05:42
This is a non-keyboard players dream! Very well thought out and put together simple yet full of control over synths.... Thanks!
Really Fun to Play
by SpaceCadet-528hz on 2014/06/24 08:09
For what it's worth, I like it. Actually, I have become quite fond of it.
Great app
by Spooky Action on 2013/11/05 06:31
This is a quality instrument. Works fantastically with Audiobus. A real diversity of tones and it does dirty sounds very well! Recommended.
Awesome update
by STICKMAN48 on 2013/11/17 19:52
Love the new update. Seems like it was made for the iPad.
Music lover
by Maestroblaster on 2013/11/15 06:00
Easy to use. Fun as well.
Music mixology
by OopsimL8 on 2013/11/15 14:21
Great sounds
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
So much potential, but...
by Sythetic Elvis on 2013/11/14 07:53
Needs midi out.
Synthecaster
by Pastrami 1 on 2013/11/15 02:05
Excellent A lot of fun
TEH BEST!!
by boom4real on 2013/10/30 23:33
This app is so awesome and cool!!
Yahoo! This is a great addition to iOS synths!
by Aka monkey dope on 2015/06/18 19:54
This was a huge surprise! And a welcome one. It's clean and straight forward interface and synth engine is a joy to use plus the poly pitch bend is yearning to be stretched and the effects are really useful and well thought out.Yes it is audio buss compatible and is a powerful midi controller that can control or be controlled.and for this price it gets two thumbs WAY up! Peace Christo
Just awesome.
by darkgoob on 2014/07/16 15:09
Here we have a true iOS synth app. What I mean is that the developer did not try to mimic or emulate a hardware device. Instead he did what he should have done, which is that he made a well-designed iOS app that just so happens to be a synthesizer. It uses standard-issue iOS 7 interface elements for everything except the keys themselves, which are a fairly unique layout that works well. But where this app really shines is that out of all my iPhone synth apps it's literally the only one that supports Apple's IAA protocol (in-app audio) meaning it's the only iOS synth app that I've found that can communicate with my Multitrack DAW app. I was able to use this to lay down some bass synth tracks under a recording I did. I found that this was extremely useful. However on the down-side, it only seems to work in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode with Multitrack DAW. When I had the DAW app set to 24-bit, 88.2khz mode, it would not launch. In 24-bit, 44.1khz mode, everything sounded like it was going through a grain filter (nasty). It works fine in 16-bit, 44.1khz mode over IAA, and I don't know if this is a limitation of IAA, or Apple's synthesis APIs, or of the Synthecaster app itself. But it certainly limits its usefulness in these situations. I'm deducting one star from it for this, but I'd put it to five stars if this ever gets resolved (as its only a minor quibble).
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