Poison-202 update – excellent AU iOS synth gets some tweaks

Download from iTunes App StoreI reviewed Poison-202 from JimAudio soon after it was released. 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 about a year ago. 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. Subsequently, MIDI Learn, the ability to import/export sound banks, improved Audiobus support and an OSX version have all been added.

Poison-202 – excellent iOS synth that includes IAA, Audiobus and AU support.

Anyway, a further update – taking the app to v.2.1 – has appeared over the week-end. There are some new presets added but, this time around, the update is focussed on a few bug fixes and these are mostly focussed on the AU support. Even so, it’s great to see what’s become (for me at least) a go-to synth get continued TLC from its developer.

OK, so if your iOS 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 iOS 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. The AU support might be more than enough to convince many potential purchasers….  check out the original full review of Poison-202, the demo video below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.


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