Poison-202 update – excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio gets another great update

Download from iTunes App Storepoison-202-logo-1As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that’s well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September.

Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk amongst others. The app arrived with universal support, IAA and MIDI included (although the latter was perhaps not as fully-featured as on some iOS synth apps) and AU support was added in v.1.1 which appeared in mid-October. This was quite a big deal and certainly broadens the appeal of the app for those iOS musicians who really want to transition to an AU-based approach for between-app connectivity. A few weeks later, v.1.2 bought a MIDI Learn feature and the ability ot import/export sound banks.

Poison-202 - a compact synth that packs a punch well above its price tag.

Poison-202 – a compact synth that packs a punch well above its price tag.

Anyway, another couple of months down the line, Dmitrij Pavlov is back with a further pretty substantial update to Poison-202. The update – v.1.3 – brings the usual round of tidying up. However, it also brings 100 new presets crafted by the one and only Jakob Haq, some refinements to the MIDI Learn feature set and three new parameters added to the LFO/FX page that make it easier to apply effects and modulation that is tempo sync’ed. All good stuff :-)

If your synth app collection already includes rather too many of the usual suspects, then perhaps Poison-202 will not offer you something you don’t already have covered. However, if you are still building a collection of iOS music apps – synths included – this is most certainly one to audition. It’s a great design that offers some great sounds and is pretty easy to find your way around. As an introduction to synth programming, it would have enough options to keep you happy for a while yet not be too difficult to get started with.

And, of course, let’s not ignore the price. At just UK£9.99/US$9.99, for many folk (i.e. people who can afford an iPad or iPhone in the first place), this might well represent a casual purchase; pass on the coffee/pastry combo for a couple of days and treat yourself to a very good iOS synth instead.

Jim (Dmitrij) has already indicated that he has further development plans for Poison-202. However, the app is already very good – and very good value – and could easily become a very firm workhorse favourite for many. Check out the original full review of Poison-202, the demo video below and then hit the download button to find out more.


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    1. The new presets by Jakob are amazing! 9.8 mb app. How the heck do they cram all this goodness into something with this small of a footprint? Wowzers this synth is a gem.

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