I reviewed Scythe from Plastaq Software here on the blog a couple of weeks ago. Scythe is an iPad only app and requires iOS8.0 or later. At 3MB, it’s a download that ought to fit even on a well-stocked device. The app includes Audiobus support, IAA support (as an audio generator) and seems happy enough to receive MIDI from other sources such as a sequencer app or an external MIDI keyboard.
Scythe is not the deepest iOS synth app you can find on the App Store, however, it is very capable and would make a pretty good ‘first synth to program’ starting point if you were new to synth programming. In terms of the sounds available once you dig in, then this combination of synth engine and effects is very capable indeed. Whether you want basic synth sounds or something a bit more out there, you can create a wide range of sounds with what, at first glance, appears quite a simple set of controls.
A week or so ago, an update appeared on the App Store – v2.1 – that addresses a few bugfixes (although it actually behaved pretty well for me on my iPad Air 1 test system and, to acknowledge the update, developer Miles Egan was kind enough to provide me with four copies of Scythe to give away to readers here at the Music App Blog.
Entries closed on Friday and the winning names were drawn at random out of the hat this morning. Again, many thanks also to everyone who entered. The winners should have now received an email with details of how to get hold of their free copy but, for information, the readers names drawn out the hat were:-
Incidentally, if you do appear as a winner in one of these giveaways and you don’t seem to have seen an email from me with the promo code details, then do make sure you check in your junk, trash or spam folders just in case your email system has ‘filed’ the message there :-)
More experienced iOS synth heads will have bigger and better already in their collection but Scythe is priced in the causal purchase range and, if you want a quick fix – and are prepared to roll your own sounds – it offers good value for money. If you didn’t win this time around, then click on the link below to purchase and download the app from iTunes…
Oh, and if you want to be in with a chance of winning in any of the giveaways that I run here on the blog, then just join the email list; all members of the list are automatically entered.
Here’s hoping the winners enjoy using the app….