A 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.
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.
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.