Lorentz updated – iceWorks add AU support to their flexible iOS synth app

Download from iTunes App Storelorentz logo 1I reviewed Lorentz Polyphonic Synthesizer from developer iceWorks when it was first released. There is a lot to like about this synth. It combines a very easy price (currently UK£5.99/US$5.99) with equally easy programming and still manages to sound very good indeed. It also included Audiobus and IAA support from the off, a decent MIDI specification and Ableton Link support was added in an update about 12 months ago.

The further update to the app arrived on the App Store today taking the app to v.2.0.0.. There are some maintenance level changes made in the update but also some new features added. Two items are top of this list. First, the app is now universal. Second, like a number of the other iceWorks iOS music apps, it now offers AUv3 plugin support; you can, therefore, run multiple instances of the synth in a suitable AU host.

Lorentz might look a bit busy at first but all the key synth engine controls are contained within a single screen in the stand-alone version and it is actually pretty easy to get your head around the signal flow.

There are other new additions as well. Audiobus State Saving is now supported, MIDI mapping for external control has been improved, support for Bluetooth MIDI has been added and there is a new ‘swing’ parameter within the rather good arpeggiator features. All in all, a very worthwhile update to what was already a good synth.

Having given the AU support a quick run through this morning all seems to be working well. The UI uses the same (very neat) left/right scrolling within the AU window to display the full control set. This works very well. It’s great to see more and more apps gradually including AU plugin operation. Any chance we might soon be able to work entirely via a suitable host and just AU plugin apps for instruments and effects? Maybe not quite yet, but we are getting there….

Yay! AU support and, as shown here within AUM, it seems to be working well.

Anyway, feel free to check out the original full Lorentz review. You may feel you have all the synths you need already but, if you have room for one more, or are looking for a first ‘programmable, but not scary’, synth at the start of your iOS music making journey, Lorentz comes highly recommended.

LORENTZ Polyphonic Synthesizer

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