I make this confession regularly on the blog – I’m no great expert when it comes to synth programming – and such a confession is all the more apt when we are taking about not just programming synths but actually designing your own synth from scratch. Yes, modular synths, of which we have a good few examples available under iOS, are something that are, at any detailed level, well out of my comfort zone.
That doesn’t mean I’m not interested though and I reviewed an excellent new modular synth app – Ops from developer Jonathan Mackenzie – just a week or so ago here on the blog. The App Store blurb indicated Ops is ‘designed to make it easy to create and explore sound interactively with a touch screen’ and, while that doesn’t guaranteed that even a synth-o-phoebe like me will cope, it does suggest that Jonathan is trying to make synth design as accessible as he can.
And, if the emails I’ve already had from current Ops users since I published the review are anything to go by, then it would seem Jonathan is on the right track…. folks seem to have a lot of very nice things to say about their initial impressions of the app. Which will be kind of nice for a few lucky readers here at the Music App Blog as Jonathan was been kind enough to provide me with 5 copies of the app to giveaway. The draw closed yesterday and the winning names were pulled out of the hat this morning….. and the winners are:-
All the winners have now been sent an email with the details of how to get hold of their prizes. Incidentally, if you do appear as a winner in one of these giveaways and you don’t seem to have seen an email from me with the promo code details, then do make sure you check in your junk, trash or spam folders just in case your email system has ‘filed’ the message there :-)
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OK, so modular synths are not for everyone but, if you are a die-hard synth head, DIY synth building in software can be an addictive habit. If that sounds like you, Ops is a universal app, requires iOS10.0 or later and is a 92MB download. The app is priced at UK£9.99/US$9.99. MIDI in is supported, both for note and controller data, if you want to control your synth designs via external hardware. Audiobus and IAA support are also provided.
I’m sure the winners are going to have a lot of fun with Ops but, if you didn’t win this time around, then check out the original full Ops review, watch the demo videos embedded below and then hit the download button to find out more….