Pads launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU instruments collection with a synth for pads

Download from iTunes App StoreI’ve reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two – Vandelay, SquashitSvep, RoverbEnkl, WeeelKorvpressor, PressIt,  Esspresso, Jussi and Haaze. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see… and, in every case, I’ve been hugely impressed with the creative possibilities that these apps provide. In addition, the novel – and very streamlined – user interfaces are ideal for the AU format.

Pads runs as a stand-alone app – but it really aimed at being used as an AU plugin.

Klevgränd have launched a further app – Pads – today with a full title of ‘Pads – Lush Pad Synthesizer’. This is a pad-based synthesizer (so a bit of a niche instrument) but inexpensive and, as per Klevgränd’s usual approach, uses a very simple, intuitive and effective interface. It was delivered in formats for desktop (AU, VST) and iOS (standalone and AU)….  and, yes, that list didn’t include established iOS audio formats of Audiobus or IAA; Klevgränd see AU as the future and so are focusing on that format. This is an approach I think is right….  but, of course, your mileage might vary on that point. It’s also worth pointing out that, in stand-alone mode, you don’t get MIDI input (you can use the virtual keyboard to try the sounds out)…. so this is most definitely an app that is intended for use via an AU host.

Pads is delivered for both desktop and iOS formats. Under iOS, the app is universal, requires iOS9.1 or later, is a 37MB download and launched with a special discounted UK£3.99/US$4.99 price tag. My initial experiments in Cubasis and AUM suggest the results are good. It is not perhaps the most versatile pad sound source you might have ever used (although there is a nice set of presets) but it will almost certainly be one of the easiest to operate.  It works happily with a connected MIDI keyboard via AU. I’ll post a full review when I’ve spent a bit more time with the app but, in reality, this is a doddle to use as the control set follows the KISS approach that Klevgränd usually adopt in their UIs.

Multiple instances anyone? Pads running via AU in AUM.

Pads is another virtual instrument which almost any iOS musician could find a good home for. Full review to follow but, as a Friday release, this is definitely ‘something for the week-end’ if you are looking for a new purchase from the App Store :-)  Check out the video below (via headphones or a decent monitoring system for best results!) and then hit the download button to find out more and grab the app at the special launch price….


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  1. Robert Goldberg says:

    First review with the audio/vid sample. Thanks, John. Sold. :)

  2. Robert Goldberg says:

    btw – the link seems to connect to Haaze on the App Store.

  3. Klev + AU = instant buy :)

  4. It’s a pile of crap. I’m gonna try and get a refund.

    30 of the dullest non-pad presets I’ve ever heard. Not just my sentiment. Buyers over at synthtopia seem to be in agreement.

    You might say well… if the default presets are dull then make better ones? A synth should give you some idea what it’s capable of from the presets and these are the dullest, most boring I have ever heard.

  5. Nathan Brazil says:

    As elegant and simple to use as all the developer’s apps. Nice sounds, if you can be bothered to use the app to make them. My one regret in being an instant buyer, is that there is ZERO connectivity. So I can’t use this with AudioBus, there’s no IAA, and no Midi in means I can’t drive this with something else. This, Klevgaard, is not good enough.

    • It’s an AU, and all connectivity is handled by the host. Perhaps the crippled standalone is causing confusion, and should have been omitted.

      • Nathan Brazil says:

        Ah yes, of course. Must have been having a senior moment. We can drive this from other apps using AUM or other Au host.

    • Nice sounds? I guess you haven’t been exposed to other IOS synths then from the likes of Korg or Arturia and many other companies. Or maybe the 30 presets i’m hearing with the app are totally different to the ones you’re hearing. Checkout the user feedback on synthtopia. Pretty much the same view I have. I have one of the dev’s other synths and have no issue with that. This thing is bland. Absolutely bland.

      • Nathan Brazil says:

        I have almost every major IOS synth, and many of the minor ones. I like this one, and am getting some lovely sounds from it. Yes, it could be improved with more and varied presets, plus better connectivity. But there are apps I’ve taken a chance on for a higher price that are a lot worse.

  6. It’s gotta offer more variety than JUSSI? I like JUSSI, but it’s waaaay to minimal for me. Doesn’t do enough, or not enough variety for me. I kept it instead of getting a refund, because I do like it, and I’m hoping for some way to spice it up a bit in an update? I realize what it is, just want it to be more. :)

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