Mood updated – apeSoft refine their analog-style iOS AU synth

Download from iTunes App StoreUnless you are very new to the world of iOS music apps, the odds are you already have a collection of synth apps that is more than sufficient for your needs (yep, me too). Unfortunately, for us self-confessed app addicts, developers are still keen to put temptation in front of us….  and the most recent offering from apeSoft – Mood, which was launched back in June – has just had its first significant update with v.1.1 arriving on the App Store yesterday.

I’ve given quite a bit of coverage to apeSoft’s iOS music app collection here on the blog over the years. Their apps are, without exception, powerful, deep, and sonically interesting. They are also not really for the faint of heart…. There is always a lot going on and some complex programming options available (preset-only users can look away now). Mood is no different….

Mood – now with added options for the virtual keyboard….

Anyway, the app is apeSoft’s take on a classic (cult?) bit of analog synthesis and, while the main synth engine controls are only spread out over two screens (you toggle between them using the ‘1’ and ‘2’ buttons located on the mid-left of the main screen), there are still quite a lot of them. The engine is built around three oscillators but offers a noise generator, an FM module, a powerful filter, ring modulation and a sort of ‘sequencer-meets-arpeggiator’ feature that’s actually a lot of fun. Delay and distortion options are included.

There is a huge list of available scales including the option for user-defined ones….

At the technical level, we get Audiobus 3 support, IAA, Ableton Link, MIDI and (yay!) Audio Unit support from the off. For the latter, the controls are spread across a number of ‘sub-screens’ so, while there is a bit of screen switching to be done, you still get easy enough access to the full control set.

The AU version provides access to the full control set…. as shown here within AUM, the controls are divided into a number of different sub-screens.

So what’s new in v.1.1? Well, there are new features when using the on-screen virtual keyboard. For example, there is a new transposition key for the keyboard. Equally, there is now a choice of some 35 scale types to constrain the notes available on the keyboard and also the option to define a user scale.

A new ‘Quick View’ option has been added for the presets management making it easier to browse for sounds while playing. The ‘create a new random sound’ process has also been refined giving the user more control over just what Mood does as part of this process and making it easier to get obviously useable results. The behaviour of the pitch bend system has been refined as has the audio input system with tweaks to the input gain.

Anyway, having given the app a quick run through this morning, all seems to be working well….  and, while I’m not the world’s most accomplished programmer of complex synths,  it really is great to see a synth as deep as this offering AU support.

Mood is a universal app, requires iOS8.0 or later (and obviously iOS9.0 or later for AU) and is a 60MB download. The price is UK£11.99/US$11.99.At this price, and given the apeSoft reputation for ‘deep but good’, it is perhaps not one aimed at the more casual purchaser. However, if you are a fan of what apeSoft do, and you like a synth you can really get your teeth into, then this is undoubtedly going to be of interest. Check out the demo videos below and then hit the download button to find out more via the App Store.


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