SynthMaster Player update – KV331 Audio bring further tweaks to their iPad synth preset player – and IAP sale still on

Download from iTunes App StoreSynthMaster Player logo 2A few months ago, I reviewed SynthMaster Player from KV331 Audio. The SynthMaster line exists on the desktop in a plugin format and includes both the ‘Player’ version (around the US$30 mark) that has now been ported to iOS and the ‘full’ version that is both more expensive (starting at about US$129) but also fully programmable.

The iOS ‘Player’ version is a free download as includes 100 preset sounds and you get 100 more when you register the app (done via the Menu button). However, there is a ‘PRO Upgrade’ (usually UK£7.99) that expands the available presets to a fairly impressive 800 and, if you do tweak a preset or three, the option to save that tweaked version. There are also further IAP sound sets and, if you happen to use the desktop version, then any preset banks you have purchased for that can also be made available in the iOS version.

I was really impressed with the original release but the recent v.1.1.0 update bought (a) universal support and (b) a complete re-fresh of the interface. This is an app that has now become a very firm personal favourite under both iOS and OSX.

SynthMaster Player; now with a new look and a new logo.

SynthMaster Player; now with a new look and a new logo.

Anyway, a further update to the app hit the App Store today. This is mainly a maintenance update with a few specific fixes put in place. For example, amongst a few other things, an issue with the process of selecting a MIDI channel has now been resolved, while both the pitch bend wheel and MIDI panic buttons should be working as advertised.

 

The app is universal and a 235MB download. It requires iOS8.0 and, while it will run on an iPad 3, an iPad Air and above is recommended. It’s not often you get something for nothing that is actually worth having but, in that respect, SynthMaster Player is yet another App Store exception to the rule. In short, as the app is free to at least get a flavour of what’s on offer, just download it and give it a try.

SynthMaster might have a 'player' or preset tag but, actually, it offers enough sound editing features to keep things interesting and the sounds themselves are very good indeed.

SynthMaster might have a ‘player’ or preset tag but, actually, it offers enough sound editing features to keep things interesting and the sounds themselves are very good indeed.

That said, if you have a synth-loving bone in your body, I suspect the Factory Preset/PRO Upgrade IAP may well prove just a little too tempting. And, as the IAP winter sale for the app is still ongoing, you can currently pick this up for just UK5.99 – bargain! No, SynthMaster Player is not the prefect preset playing synth but, in terms of sound and usability, this is very good stuff indeed.

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    1. ATM it si my favorite synth, hands down. At least my hands down. :)

    2. Since I’ve proclaimed my love for SynthMaster in a song, there’s not much left to say except, I’m super happy to see another maintenance update! The developers are great and their constant attention to the app is really reassuring considering what happened with my other synth “player” love, Alchemy.

    3. Luis Miguel says:

      Hello John. When I choose the type of instrument FX on this Synthmaster my Ipad Pro loses the sound. Even though after it happen if I change to another category of sounds I still don’t hear anything else. This only happens with the FX category :(

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