Audulus update – modular synthesis app from Subatomic Software gets new features in v.2.9

Download from iTunes App Storeaudulus logo 2If 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 first reviewed Audulus back in December 2013 and, while the app has had a number of significant updates since then (here and here for example), the basic principles remain the same (so feel free to skip over to that review to find out more). In essence, however, what Audulus provides you with a stock of virtual synth components (termed ‘modules’). Once placed in the interface, these components become ‘nodes’ and have various types of inputs and outputs that you can link to other nodes using virtual patch cables.

Audulus; a deep and very powerful DIY synth construction kit for iOS...  oh, and their is an OSX version available on the Mac App Store also.

Audulus; a deep and very powerful DIY synth construction kit for iOS… oh, and their is an OSX version available on the Mac App Store also.

Taylor Holliday – the main man behind Audulus – likes to keep things moving forward though and v.2.9 of Audulus hit the App Store yesterday. As well as the usual minor fixes and tweaks, this update brings some new features. For example, the memory usage of the app has been reduced and this allows you to create much larger patches without running out of resources.

In addition, if using the app with other iOS music apps, the Audiobus support has been updated and this should mean better operation all round and under iOS8. You can also hide the toolbar (making more space to work; particularly useful on the more compact iPhone screen) and the context menu has been updated, allowing you to perform almost any operation from this menu including the creation of new nodes.

Audulus provides plenty of options to keep a synth-head happy and interested...

Audulus provides plenty of options to keep a synth-head happy and interested…

There are, of course, a number of modular synth apps available on the iTunes App Store (including the rather neat Modular machine that’s is built into Caustic; not in the same class as Audulus but still impressive). However, Audulus is a very powerful and flexible piece of software.

There is also a version for OSX and, rather wonderfully, you can sync patches created under iOS (iPhone or iPad) with those created under OSX via the Cloud. This works in both directions. Anyway, if you fancy the idea of a virtual toolkit to build the synth of your dreams in software, whether on your iPad or iPhone (or the Mac), Audulus (UK£10.49) for iOS comes highly recommended :-)

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