iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s classic synth emulation gets some tweaks

No, I still don't really understand how to design sounds with it but apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969 - iVSC3 - does sound fabulous. That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the iVCS3 and embraced what it has to offer in more greater detail than I have (or will ever be able to). If you are a fan of classic synths, but don't have the budget to buy the hardware, software emulations like this are as close as you are … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth does to v.2 and adds AU support

As I've mentioned before, one of the iOS synth apps that I find a bit 'scary' is apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969; the iVSC3. It does sound fabulous. I know this because I've used it, explored the presets and had a jolly good time doing so....  but as for then rolling my own...? Well, let's just say I'm a better guitar player than esoteric synth programmer shall we? That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth gets Ableton Link support

As I've mentioned before, one of the iOS synth apps that I find a bit 'scary' is apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969; the iVSC3. It does sound fabulous. I know this because I've used it, explored the presets and had a jolly good time doing so....  but as for then rolling my own...? Well, let's just say I'm a better guitar player than esoteric synth programmer shall we? That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth gets new features

I have to admit that, as a guitar player, there are some synths - virtual or otherwise - that I find just a bit scary. Presets I'm fine with and, providing my ageing grey matter can cope with the logic of the synth engine, then I'm generally happy to dig into some patch programming if the need arises. However, there are some synths where I'm suitably challenged and, for one reason or another, I just find I'm a bit baffled by. And, as I've mentioned before, one of those 'scary' virtual synths … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth gets some tweaks

I have to admit that, as a guitar player, there are some synths - virtual or otherwise - that I find just a bit scary. Presets I'm fine with and, providing my ageing grey matter can cope with the logic of the synth engine, then I'm generally happy to dig into some patch programming if the need arises. However, there are some synths where I'm suitably challenged and, for one reason or another, I just find I'm a bit baffled by. One of those is apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth gets to iOS8

I have to admit that, as a guitar player, there are some synths - virtual or otherwise - that I find just a bit scary. Presets I'm fine with and, providing my ageing grey matter can cope with the logic of the synth engine, then I'm generally happy to dig into some patch programming if the need arises. However, there are some synths where I'm suitably challenged and, for one reason or another, I just find I'm a bit baffled by. One of those is apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original … [Read more...]

Free patch bank for iVCS3 from SynthPatcher

Regular iOS musicians might well be aware of the excellent SynthPatcher website that is run by Baddcr (who also happens to be a regular visitor to these pages). The site provides a focus for iOS musicians who want to connect, collaborate and share patches, sounds and samples for use in iOS-based music production. While the site requires you to register to use the full range of features and there is a very modest subscription monthly fee (i.e. pocket money pricing so available to anyone who … [Read more...]

iVCS3 hits the App Store – iOS recreation of an analog classic

There really does seem to be a surge in notable music apps appearing on the iTunes App Store over the last few months. Already in 2014 we have had Gadget, Effectrix, Audio Mastering 2, Stereo Designer, Sector, Z3TA+ and DrumPerfect - phew, it's shaping up to be a pretty good year. Of course, there is always room for more (on the App Store even if not on your full-to-bursting iPad) and, landing today and available for download, is iVCS3 from apeSoft. If you are of a certain age (er... old) or … [Read more...]