SynthScaper updated – Igor Vasiliev tweaks his excellent iOS synth-based sound design instrument

Download from iTunes App StoreI’ve reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev’s iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio MasteringAltiSpaceMaster FXMaster Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion.

Igor’s more recent release is SynthScaper. As the title suggests, this is perhaps another app aimed as much at sound designers as conventional music making. However, unlike SoundScaper and FieldScaper, the core of the underlying sound engine used here is built on synthesis. Yes, it is a synth designed with ambient soundscapes in mind but, in use, it is perfectly possible to use it as a melodic or harmonic instrument.

SynthScaper is a hugely powerful synth engine that’s great for complex sound design….

The spec of the synth engine is impressive with three independent oscillators and three layers within each oscillator that can be filled with unique samples. Each layer is capable of multiple voices and the app also features six envelope generators and six LFOs. Three separate arpeggiators are included (one for each oscillator) and there are plenty of filter and effect options and ways to adjust the spatial positioning of the sounds within the stereo field. The initial release included support for Audiobus, IAA and MIDI and Ableton Link was added soon after.

A further update – v.1.2 – is now available on the App Store. This brings some interesting new options as well as the usual minor fixes. Particularly interesting is that, when loading WAV files into the app, SynthScaper now supports and loop point or note/pitch data that is embedded within the file. This can make it much easier to use 3rd-party loops from commercial sample libraries within the app. Other changes include new scenes, presets and samples that have been added, new options for the low pas filter and main filters and support for MIDI sustain pedals and changing scenes.

… but the control set is pretty deep; you have been warned :-)

At UK£14.99/US$14.99, and given just how deep this app appears to be, Synthscaper looks to be very tempting for the more experimental of iOS music makers. It is deep though….  so I don’t think it will suit absolutely everyone. Fans of Igor’s Fieldscaper and SoundScaper, and of pad and soundscapes sounds will, however, lap it up.

On a technical front, the app is universal, iPhone 6/iPad Air 2 or better are recommended, iOS9.0 or later required and the app is a 40MB download. Well worth a look if you like to take the occasional adventures into experimental sound…. so check out the demo videos below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

SynthScaper – soundscapes synthesizer

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    1. Brett Roberts says:

      Excellent! Hopefully AU support soon!

    2. A wonderful thing, requiring the mind of a wizard to work effectively.

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