KASPAR launched – Yonac deliver their new ‘8 synths in one’ iOS music app – and ON SALE

Download from iTunes App StoreI’ve reviewed a number of Yonac’s iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including ToneStack and Steel Guitar, both of which I really like. However, Yonac also do keyboard-based iOS music apps and their latest release is KASPAR, a brand new synth app and which appeared on the App Store today.

I’ve only had the briefest of plays so far but there are some cool sounds to be had. However, there are also some interesting elements to the design that will, I’m sure, catch the interest of many iOS synth heads. Perhaps the most obvious feature is that this is, in fact, 8 polyphonic synths in one.

KASPAR – Yonac tempt you with a very interesting new iOS synth app :-)

Each of these is built around a 3 oscillator engine with over 20 available waveforms. The engine also features some very flexible envelope options, 14 different filter types, an arpeggiator, options for programming chords, a modulation matrix, 2 LFOs per synth, a range of effects and a solid looking MIDI spec including MIDI Learn.

As well as a pretty deep synth engine (times 8), there are also some cool effects included.

If that’s not enough, you also get IAA, Audiobus and Ableton Link support and – yay! – the app can also work as an AU plugin. I’ve given this a quick try within Cubasis and it seems to work well with the AU UI being pretty easy to navigate even within the restrictions of the smaller AU windows. Oh, and as a slight aside here, if Yonac have now got their heads around the AU format, it would be great to see that technology aded to Tonestack and Steel Guitar….  pretty please??

The app has all sorts of elements that will appeal to the keen sound designer.

However, perhaps the most interesting element of the design is the ability to both layer the eight synth engines (similar in principle to an app like Layr) to produce some very powerful sounds and, even better, to morph between these source sounds in various interesting ways. Having experimented with this with a few of the 300+ presets, it really is a very cool feature and allows you do create some fabulous transitions between sounds as you play. I suspect this will prove very popular for the die-hard iOS synth heads in the audience :-)

Yay! KASPER can also be used as an AU plugin.

The other obvious headline news is that the app is launched at a special, limited-time, price point; You can, therefore, currently pick up a copy of the app for just UK£9.99/US$9.99. This is undoubtedly a heck of a good price for what looks like a pretty big synth. KASPAR is iPad only, a 72MB download, requires iOS 10.0 or later and should run well on an iPad Air 1 or later. A full review will follow as soon as I can find my way around more fully. Until then, check out the demo video below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more :-)


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