Layr update – Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth gets fixes and features

Download from iTunes App StoreIf you are an iOS music maker with a bit of a synth habit, then you will already be well aware of Living Memory’s iOS mega-synth Layr. The app was released in March and has been widely praised. I suspect is has also broken more than a few ‘I don’t need any more iOS synths’ promises that folks had made to themselves.

I reviewed the app on release here on the Music App Blog…. If you are unfamiliar with the app then do read the review as there are some underlying principles to get your head around before you can appreciate just how clever – and flexible – the design is. In short, however, the potential is obvious and, as the demo videos suggest, this is an app can deliver some hugely impressive sounds and has a great feature set.

Layr – new update and some new features.

Anyway, a further update appeared over the week-end taking the app to v.1.0.7. This comes with an impressive list of fixes and feature refinements. For example, some 200 new presets have been added to get new users started (there are some very cool options amongst this lot, including some presets that make great use of the arp features). A few refinements have been made to the MIDI handling and very useful new MIDI activity indicators have been added to the Instrument views (and voice activity indicators in the Mixer Strips). Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend wheels have been added to the virtual keyboard. And, from a sonic perspective, there is now a brand new Wave Folding distortion effect that’s available between the two filters….  very cool for some additional sound mangling options :-)

There are a huge number of excellent new presets added to the app.

I think if you have an iOS synth habit, Layr is a very tempting proposition. The app requires iOS9.0 or later, is universal and seems to support all iOS hardware from the iPhone 5S/iPad Air/iPad mini 3 and upwards. Would it be great to see AU support added? You bet….   but, even so, given the multi-timbral nature of the app, being able to run one instance of it at a time is not such a limitation.

The updates adds a new set of controls for ‘Wave Folding’ between the two filter panels in the upper-right of the synth engine UI.

Layr is a 23MB download and, while priced at UK£19.99/US$19.99 – so above the more casual purchase price point – personally I still think it represents very good value for money…  and it sounds great. Feel free to read the full Layr review, check out the demo videos below (the top one includes some of the new presets), and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

Layr

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