iTalizer launched – Numerical Audio add to their popular iOS AU app collection

Download from iTunes App StoreI reviewed the excellent RP-1  and RF-1 apps from Numercial Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when when both first launched. They provide compact, but well-featured delay and reverb effects respectively and both are capable of conventional and more creative treatments.

For the iOS musician, both RF-1 and RP-1 are universal apps, requires iOS9.0 or later, are approximately 30MB downloads and are individually priced at just UK£5.99/US$5.99. However, on a technical front, perhaps the best bit is that both apps include Ableton Link and Audio Units (AU). The latter means that you can, of course, run multiple instances of the app within a suitable AU host such as MultitrackStudioCubasis, Modstep or AUM.

iTalizer – sound effects for Reggae anyone? :-)

Anyway, developer Kai has kept the pace of development going and both apps received regular updates on the App Store and both have now also appeared as desktop plugins for Windows and OSX and can be purchased directly from the Numerical Audio website. Kai has also just launched the excellent VC-1 chorus app in a similar format to RF-1 and RP-1.

The new app includes AU support as shown here working within AUM.

However, Kai is now back with a new iOS music app – iTalizer – which launch on the App Store today. The app is universal and is a mono synth designed to create authentic dub reggae sirens and similar effects. The app includes a tape echo emulation and has an XY controller built-in for real-time performance control. As a standalone app, all the controls are housed on a single screen but, as with Kai’s other apps, you also get IAA, Audiobus and – yay! – AU support.

You can control the app via external MIDI…. but this is not perhaps a synth to be ‘played’ in the conventional melodic sense.

The mono synth voice is created via a choice of 5 waveforms (Sine, Saw, Square, Triangle, Noise) and includes a 4-pole lowpass filter for further sound shaping with two LFOs. Tempo sync is included as is Ableton Link, tap tempo and MIDI remote control. And the sounds? Well, I’m not sure this is really a synth that you ‘play’ in a conventional sense of the word – although you can trigger it from a MIDI keyboard – but if you want some off-the-wall synth-like sound effects that are easy and fun to use, then it is well worth a look. The included preset titles give you a flavour of what’s intended – Singing Whales, Dual Siren or Echo Warrior, for example – so don’t expect to many ‘smooth lead’ or ‘atmospheric pad’ noises :-)

The presets give a hint as to what this app is about….

While this is most certainly much more of a niche app than either RP-1, RF-1 or VC-1, it is also priced in the pocket money range; just  UK£4.99/US$4.99 will get you doing your reggae thing….  or finding a space for the sounds in your musical genre of choice. If you have not tried Numerical’s other apps yet then you are missing out and can read the original RF-1RP-1 and VC-1 reviews here….   And to find out more about iTalizer, simply hit the App Store download button :-)


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