I posted a full review of Moog’s Model 15 iOS modular synth app just a couple of weeks ago. Moog don’t do lots of iOS music apps but those they have released have certainly made an impact. In Animoog, which was first released on the App Store in November 2011 and now stands at v.2.3.5, they created one of the most authentic, analog-sounding, iOS synths to date and, with their innovative use of a virtual keyboard, paved the way for other developers to re-imagine what a touchscreen could offer when interacting with a ‘virtual’ musical instrument.
In iOS music app terms, Animoog also deserves a ‘classic’ status…. and, in Model 15, I think they have another contender to reach that status….
This is a beast of an app, both in terms of how it sounds, the way it looks and, indeed, in terms of the hardware/OS combination required to really get the best out of it. Moog look like they are setting some serious standards for other iOS synths apps to follow….
Anyway, it might only have been in the App Store for about two weeks but, having issued the first update a week or so ago, Moog are already here with their second update; v.1.0.2 arrived over the week-end.
As before, this is mainly about plugging some technical issues. For example, the Bluetooth speaker/headphone support has been improved. Equally, Moog have made minor tweaks to the arpeggiator. There are also some tweaks aimed at general stability…. new and potential users alike should welcome the obvious signs of active development.
If you are a fully signed up member of the iOS synth app addicts forum, then Model 15 is likely to be on the ‘most wanted’ list. Providing you have suitable iOS hardware to run it, this is simply going to be too tempting to resist. In iOS terms, the US29.99/UK£22.99 asking price is at the upper end of the app pricing spectrum but I think it still easily qualifies as a bargain considering what is on offer.
We have done the whole ‘want’ vs ‘need’ argument before here on the blog…. I don’t ‘need’ Model 15 in order to make music on my iPad Pro…. but, having tried it for myself, I’d most certainly ‘want’ it. Top notch stuff from Moog… although I do wonder just how apps this good might eventually impact upon their ability to sell significant numbers of any genuine hardware synth….. :-)
Moog Model 15