Regular readers here will know that I’m a bit of a fan of Propellerhead’s Thor – the iOS port of the same synth that is a well-established part of the Reason desktop music production system. Indeed, Thor is amongst my favourite iOS synths to date.
You can read the full review of Thor here but it is a powerful, deeply programmable virtual synth that is capable of a fabulous range of sounds. Whether used in a recording context or for live performance, this is big enough and bold enough to work in almost any context.
Since it’s release, it has most certainly been one of my ‘go to’ iOS synth apps and, while other personal favourites have come and gone (iM1, SynthMaster and iSEM are perhaps top of my current ‘most used’ list), despite having been launched over 3 years ago, Thor still impresses me every time I use it.
And that is despite the fact that it hasn’t been updated since September 2014; in iODS terms, that’s a heck of a long time. Until today that is…. and regular users will have been very glad to see v.1.1.2 pop up on the App Store a little earlier. This is very much a maintenance update. It brings stability and performance improvements under both iOS8 and iOS9, while the Audiobus SDK has also been updated. There is also a fix for a MIDI issue where MIDI sources were not retained upon re-launch.
Anyway, having given the app a run through earlier today, all seems to be in order. In stand-alone mode I had no problems and the app also appeared quite happily in both Audiobus and as an audio-based IAA app within my IAA host of choice Cubasis. Good stuff….
Quite how you can get this much synth for such a small amount of money – the current asking price is UK£10.99/US$14.99 – is beyond me – but you can – and Thor is very much the real deal. The app currently requires iOS8.0 or later, is a 48MB download and is iPad-only. If you are a recent adopter of the iOS platform for music making and you have not yet given Thor a try…. well, don’t miss out; this is a real gem. Like the very best of the iOS guitar amp sims, when pushed through a decent PA system or a decent set of studio monitors, it is quite scary just how much sound can be created by one app on an iPad. Sonically, Thor is massive and well worth a place in any iOS music app collection.