No, I still don’t really understand how to design sounds with it but apeSoft’s remarkable emulation of EMS’s original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969 – iVSC3 – does sound fabulous. That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the iVCS3 and embraced what it has to offer in more greater detail than I have (or will ever be able to). If you are a fan of classic synths, but don’t have the budget to buy the hardware, software emulations like this are as close as you are likely to get.
Regular users will be glad to see apeSoft keeping up with the development of the app and things progressed further late yesterday when v.2.1 arrived on the App Store. The previous update – v.2.0 – added support for AUv.3…. well, a sort of support in that it was implemented in a rather interesting ‘component level’ fashion. That remains the same in v.2.1 but there have been tweaks applied to some of these friendly components for better performance and to refine the UIs.
Other changes include improved AudioPaste functionality, an update to the Audiobus SDK (to v.2.3.3), MIDI refinements (including when using external remote control and for Bluetooth MIDI) plus new and reworked presets. The latter includes a free IAP bank by Hazel Pascua titled ‘Old Grit’
When you consider that an example of the original hardware – as used by the likes of Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and The Who – might cost you both an arm and a leg, the app’s usual price – which is UK£14.99/US$14.99 I think – is quite a bargain. However, unless I’m mistaken, with the currently listed price at UK£9.99/US$9.99 for the base app, iVCS3 is on a bit of a sale at present…. a bit of magical synth madness at a casual purchase price anyone? Sonically, it’s a wild ride but iVCS3 can sound rich and warm…. and make some very big noise.