Audulus 3 updated – modular synthesis app gets some engine refinements

Download from iTunes App StoreAudulus 3 logo 1If you are the kind of person who likes to program their own synth patches then an iOS music app such as Audulus is pretty much the ultimate playground. Not only do you get to program your own patches but – because of the modular nature of the virtual instrument – you also get to build the synth engine in the first place.

I reviewed Audulus 3 – a new version of the app with some significant additions and design restyling – when it first appeared and was very impressed. In essence, however, what Audulus provides you with a stock of virtual synth components that have various types of inputs and outputs that you can link to other nodes using virtual patch cables.

Audulus 3 is perhaps not an app for the preset lover.... but if you are in to DIY synth design, this is a heck of a playground to play in.

Audulus 3 is perhaps not an app for the preset lover…. but if you are in to DIY synth design, this is a heck of a playground to play in.

Taylor Holliday – the main man behind Audulus – also has versions of Audulus for OSX and Windows. However, the universal iOS v.3 has received its further update a couple of days ago on the App Store with the arrival of v.3.3. The headline for this update is, apparently, a significant overhaul of the audio engine and this should deliver some equally significant improvements in performance/efficiency. Also included is a revamped patch library that offers some new examples for Audulus newbies to explore as they find their way around this very deep app.

The combination of programming options is pretty much endless given the huge selection of modules on offer in Audulus.

The combination of programming options is pretty much endless given the huge selection of modules on offer in Audulus.

There are a few other tweaks. The UI has had further modifications and now includes a new way to add a new mode or module. There is also support for split screen and portrait mode on the iPad while refinements have been made to ensure smooth iOS10 support.

The latest update includes some instructive new patches for users to explore.

The latest update includes some instructive new patches for users to explore.

I can’t make any claim to have ‘master of Audulus’ status but I’d used the app enough to know that this is a powerful, modular, environment in which to build synths or sound design tools. It is most certainly not for everyone – for example, if you are happy to tweak a few synth presets then Audulus might not be for you – but dedicated synth-heads and wannabe (virtual) synth builders would get a real kick out of the software.

Check out the  original full Audulus v.3 review and the videos below for some further details….

Audulus 3



Audulus 3 from Audulus LLC on Vimeo.

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