VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app.
Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last three years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this impressive catalogue is Poseidon. And, with a tag line that suggests the app offers ‘the ocean of sound’, I’m sure lots of iOS synth fans will be very keen to get their hands on the app and dive in (doh!). The app arrives as a 165MB download requiring iOS8.0 or later and is iPad-only. It comes with full MIDI support, Audiobus 2 and IAA support and an introductory launch price tag of just UK£7.99.
Anyway, Poseidon received its first update yesterday when v.1.1.0 arrived on the App Store. The update description contains the usual ‘bugfixes’ line but also the rather exciting sounding (but I’ve no idea what it actually means) ‘Harmonic Partial Tracking Analyser. I’m sure it must help in some way :-) Having given the app a brief workout this morning on my iPad pro test system under iOS9.2, it does, however, seem to be working fine both as a standalone app and within Audiobus.
Like Nave, I’m not sure Poseidon would be a synth that every iOS musician would pull out the bag every day for use on every track. However, if you create music built on pads or evolving sound textures (and most electronic music makers will have call for these kinds of sounds in some projects), this would be a great tool to have around.
It is still possible to get a sense of the app belonging to the VirSyn synth family (and that comparison to Nave is an obvious one), but Poseidon is also very much it’s own thing; an interesting combination of sounds and a very clever user interface. I’m sure iOS synth app addicts will be more than happy to add it to their synth app arsenal and I’d have no problems recommending Poseidon to any iOS synth fan, newbie or old-hand. And, at the launch price, it represents a heck of a good deal…. You can read the original Poseidon review here but, if you are tempted, then catch it quick while the launch pricing still holds.