Moog updates – Audiobus 3 update for Moog Music’s classic iOS synths

Download from iTunes App Storeanimoog logoWe are blessed with some wonderful iOS synths apps….  and while iOS music apps have only been with us for a few years, I think there are still a number of candidates that still deserve to be given a ‘classic’ status. One of those is undoubtedly Moog Music’s Animoog. This iOS synth is available in both iPad (UK£28.99/US$29.99) and a streamlined iPhone version (UK£5.99/US$5.99) and, as a 55MB download, would find a home on even the most highly stuffed of iOS devices.

Moog have done a great job of keeping Animoog ticking over with a series of regular updates; it’s been great to see an iOS classic get some regular attention as, even thought the app has been around for a long time – and the synth app competition is now much greater than when it was first launched – Animoog is still a great app with a dedicated user-base.

Animoog - still a bit of an iOS classic synth and well worth experiencing for any iOS musician.

Animoog – still a bit of an iOS classic synth and well worth experiencing for any iOS musician.

Moog have not been slacking off though…  with v.2.4.7 arriving on the App Store today. This is very much a technical update as it resolves an IAA issue under iOS10.3.2….  but the key change is an update to the Audiobus SDK to ensure the smoothest of support under Audiobus 3. I’ve given this a quick spin this morning and all seem to work well…. and, as ever, Animoog sounds fabulous :-)

Animoog – and Model 15 – working smoothly within Audiobus 3.

Of course, Animoog is not the only mega-iOS synth that Moog offer….  we also have Model 15 which, if you have not tried it, is (a) awesome and (b) a bit of an analog synth heads ‘virtual’ fantasy. With the very cool – if very geeky – virtual cables and a pretty realistic visual recreation of the hardware version of the Model 15, and that itself was the subject of a limited-run hardware reproduction (150 units world-wide) recently. This is a fully modular synth, the origins of which date back to the early 1970s….  and, as you will undoubtedly have heard on countless recordings (whether you realise it or not), it makes some pretty awesome sounds. The original was a mono synth but did, I think, offer a dual note mode…. The app offers a mono mode but can also provide four-note polyphony so that’s a step up on the hardware.

Model 15 has also been updated with the new Audiobus 3 SDK…..

OK, so an iOS app might not have the coolness of the hardware unit, and we can argue the toss about whether a virtual synth really captures the exact sound of the hardware….  but, frankly, when the hardware costs US$10,000 (that was the price of the reissue hardware recently) and the iOS app costs US$29.99/UK£28.99, then lots of synth-heads will simply shout ‘bargain’ and bite Moog’s hand off….

Anyway, Model 15 has received an identical update to Animoog and, as shown in the screenshot above, also seems to be working very nicely within Audiobus 3.

I suspect most long-standing iOS musicians may already have Animoog and Model 15 in their app collections but, if you have not, or if you are new to the whole wonderful world of iOS music apps, then these are both classic iOS synthery. The sounds are great and, in Animoog, the virtual keyboard, while bringing something novel when it first appeared (and now much copied) is still one of the best available in any iOS music app. Not the cheapest apps you might ever buy but both do sound awesome :-)

Animoog for iPad

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Moog Model 15

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    1. Yeah, but it’s hardly the most exciting update. How long has it been since there were any new IAP packs?

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