I posted a full review of Moog’s Model 15 iOS modular synth app just a few 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 a few weeks but, having issued a couple of updates already, Moog are already here with the refresh; v.1.0.3 arrived on the App Store today. This brings a number of refinements to the performance of the app. For example, the MIDI Clock sync has been improved alongside some other minor stability tweaks. Compatibility with the track freeze features in some IAA/Audiobus hosts has also been improved.
There is better support for pasting large audio files into the recorder and some fixes when sharing audio files at sample rates other than 44.1kHz. The response of the battery indicator has been tweaked and labels for MIDI port names will now display correctly. These might all be fairly minor changes but 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 US$29.99/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