VoxSyn updated – VirSyn add Tera Synth import to their iOS vocoder app

Download from iTunes App Storevoxsyn logo 1VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app.

Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last three years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this impressive catalogue is VoxSyn, which I reviewed just a week or so ago. In their website’s blurb, this is described as a ‘voice controlled synthesizer for iPad and iPhone’. At first glance, that might well say ‘vocoder’ to most readers and, in essence, that’s a pretty reasonable first stab at VoxSyn. However, VirSyn see VoxSyn as something just a bit more than a traditional vocoder effect and, given the rather interesting touchscreen interface (described in the full review) and pitch control options, it certainly doesn’t look like a ‘me too!’ vocoder :-)

VoxSyn - no obvious visual changes in this update but note that it is using a preset imported from Tera Synth :-)

VoxSyn – no obvious visual changes in this update but note that it is using a preset imported from Tera Synth :-)

VoxSyn is a universal app and, for a limited time only, is available at an introductory price of just UK£4.99/US$6.99. It requires iOS7.0 or later and is a 32MB download. Auidiobus and IAA support are included from the off, as is support for Core and Virtual MIDI. And while most users will probably use the app via the Audiobus/IAA route, it does also include its own recording facility with options for sharing or exporting any audio recordings made.

The app ships with a huge (several hundred) collection of processing presets and, given the fairly streamlined control set that’s actually offered for the synth engine itself (although the effects options are more plentiful), that’s clearly how VirSyn see the workflow; load up a preset, tweak it a little… and then just get playing.

Anyway, VoxSyn has received its first significant update today…  and it is quite a significant one if you also happen to own VirSyn’s Tera Synth iOS music app. Tera Synth has also been updated today and this paired update now allows you to export sounds from Tera Synth and import them into VoxSyn to use as VoxSyn presets.

Tera Synth now allows you to export sounds directly to VoxSyn.

Tera Synth now allows you to export sounds directly to VoxSyn.

In Tera Synth, you simply use the Document Sharing option available in the menu strip at the top of the screen. This will automatically open the preset within VoxSyn if you also have that app installed. You can then use the ‘+’ icon in VoxSyn’s preset panel (also located in the top-most menu strip of the app) to save this imported sound into the User categories of the VoxSyn preset system.

Having given this all a bit of a spin this afternoon on my iPad Pro test system, it all worked like a charm and I can imaging VoxSyn fans having a lot of fun with this, designing sounds in Tera Synth (which, itself, is a powerful synth environment) and porting them to create some cool vocoded vocal effects. Indeed, I can see some VoxSyn users who don’t currently own Tera Synth taking a punt on it simply for this feature….

Once imported, you can save the new preset within VoxSyn itself.

Once imported, you can save the new preset within VoxSyn itself.

And that’s actually not a bad thing to do right now as Tera Synth is one of VirSyn’s apps that is included in their current iOS music app sale….  although it is only for a limited time so, if you want to pick Tera Synth up at 50% off the usual price, then get a move on :-)

This isn’t the only new feature in the VoxSyn update though. Some bugs have been squashed and, vey usefully, a MIDI Learn system has now been added to the app. This can be enabled in the main Settings menu.

The VoxSyn update also adds a new MIDI Learn system.

The VoxSyn update also adds a new MIDI Learn system.

I think VoxSyn is a pretty cool app. Whether you are into weird soundscapes, odd noises, cutting-edge EDM or sugary pop/dance tunes, VoxSyn could do a turn. The most obvious role is as a ‘vocal-meets-synth’ device for creating electronic/artificial sounding vocal parts and, even if you can’t sing particularly well, providing you are happy to use synthesised vocals, VoxSyn offers a huge range of vocal options. Others will, of course, use the app for much more that artificial vocal parts….

And, of course, at the launch price of just UK£4.99/US$6.99, it is unlikely to leave you with too big a hole in your pocket even if you acquire it for just occasional use. iOS has a number of vocoder-ish apps already available but, as an example of ‘best in class’, I think VoxSyn has just claimed the crown…. Well worth the price of entry and an app I’d also be happy to use from my iPad as a sound source into my desktop system. VoxSyn is a lot of fun for a very modest price….

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    1. ConfusedKitten says:

      Awesome news, and it’s great they got the import function sorted out so quickly!

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