Addictive Pro updated – VirSyn refine Audio Unit support their iOS synth app

Download from iTunes App Storeaddictive-pro-logo-1VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which – Tera SynthmicroTERAHarmony VoiceAddictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist and the brilliant ReSlice, for example – I’ve reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog.

I reviewed what is now perhaps their flagship iOS synth – Addictive Pro – just after it was released. The iPad-only app is a 66MB download and requires iOS8.0 or later. It originally arrived with Audiobus support (including State Saving), IAA, Core MIDI, MIDI Learn and support for alternative scales via the virtual piano keyboard.

Addictive Pro - the latest addition to the VirSyn iOS music app catalogue.

Addictive Pro – a brilliant addition to the VirSyn iOS synth app catalogue.

As well as loving the sounds, I was super-impressed with the 4-track arpeggiator. This became even better when VirSyn added Ableton Link support in the v.1.1.0 update. A couple of further minor updates have arrived since then tweaking and fixing in various places (for example, in the Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link support). However, VirSyn did something fairly impressive when they then added AU support and the way it was implemented – cramming a pretty heavyweight synth into that AU windows is not an easy task – yet still very useable in its AU format.

The AU format does, of course, mean you can run multiple instances of Addictive Pro within the same project.

Anyway, a further update arrived on the App Store yesterday. This update to v.1.4.0 brings a number of refinements to that AU support. So, for example, AU parameter automation is now supported in a suitable host, the AU preset system has been improved and some tweaks have been made to the way the UI is displayed when worked as an AU app. In addition, VirSyn have added the option for a ‘virtual’ mod wheel. This is engaged in the Settings menu and, when on, every key on the virtual keyboard then responded to up/down sliding gestures when you are playing a note.

VirSyn have added a ‘mod wheel’ option for the virtual keyboard for extra ‘hands on’ expression while playing.

While there have been plenty of changes since Addictive Pro’s original release around 12 months ago, do check out the original full review of Addictive Pro as it covers all the basics of the app. However, with AU support included, it is an even better buy now than when it was first released. The price is currently UK£11.99/US$11.99 and, if you are an iOS synth junkie, or keen to get on board with the coming AU revolution, Addictive Pro is a very good choice for your app collection….  just hit the App Store download button to find out more…. :-)

Addictive Pro

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