I reviewed Bram Bos’ new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just after it was released. It’s a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure.
And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist in the original release was that the app supports the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app, via Audiobus or IAA (the later two added in a subsequent update). While the app is designed with the AU format in mind, like iSEM or Poison-202 (for example), this is a ‘proper’ synth engine. So, if you are keen to take your iOS music app collection down the AU route, Phasemaker is certainly worth a look. The app is currently priced at UK£7.99/US$9.99, requires iOS9.0 or later, is a 25MB download and, since launch, Bram has also made the app universal.
Anyway, v.1.2.2 arrived on the App Store today. This brings some minor housekeeping and fixes a bug that could cause a crash when using the Mutate function during MIDI input. All pretty routine stuff but always good to see wrinkles being ironed out of a favourite app :-)
Yes, you are perhaps going to need to be an FM synthesis fan (and not everyone is) to want to take a punt on Phasemaker but Bram deserves both a pat on the back and some user support for taking the plunge with AU for Phasemaker. The execution is very well done and it demonstrates that, when starting a new synth design is iOS AU at the front of your planning, offering a fully-programmable synth engine is a viable proposition. Check out the video embedded below from regular iOS music maker Pants of Death which gives a nice introduction to FM synthesis via Phasemaker; top notch stuff :-)