If 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.
Taylor Holliday – the main man behind Audulus – also has versions of Audulus for OSX and Windows. However, the universal iOS v.3 has received a further update yesterday with the arrival of v.3.3.8 on the App Store. The headline for this update is that support has been added for Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Amongst the usual round of bug-fixes in the background, the patch browsing process has also been fine-tuned for better workflow.
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. Yes, the are other modular synth options – Ops or zMors Modular for example – but Audulus is perhaps the most well-established iOS modular environment and is most certainly a very deep experience. Going ‘modular’ might not be 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.
Audulus is a universal app, requires iOS9.3, is a 130MB download and is currently priced at UK£19.99/US$19.99; it’s a heck of a lot of synth designing potential for a pretty modest price. Check out the original full Audulus v.3 review and the videos below for some further details….