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 last week 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 has been kind enough to provide me with 5 copies of the app to giveaway. As usual with the giveaways I run on the blog, the deal is simple; get your name in the hat and see if it gets pulled out.
You can enter the draw in one of two ways.
- First, if you just want to enter this draw, then use the Contact Us page to leave your details before 10 pm (GMT) on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Make sure to enter ‘Ops’ in the message subject line.
- Alternatively, if you want to get included in this – and every future promo code giveaway run on the site – then sign up for the Music App Blog email list before the deadline. All members of the list will automatically be entered in every draw. You can sign up here and, as a bonus for signing up, you also get a copy of the Music App Blog’s ‘25 iOS music apps to get you started‘ guide. And if you are already signed up for the email newsletter, then consider yourself entered :-)
As soon as I can organise after entries close, I’ll draw a suitable number of names at random from all those entered. I’ll then notify the lucky winners by email and include the necessary promo code. I’ll also post a list of the winners here. If you are one of the lucky ones, do make sure to use the code ASAP – iTunes Redeem Codes generally have a relatively short life span once they have been issued.
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.
Check out the original full Ops review, watch the demo videos embedded below and then hit the download button to find out more…. Oh, and don’t forget to get you name in the hat to see if you can win yourself a copy in the giveaway :-)