Xynthesizr update – Yuri Turov brings his step-based sequencer/synthesizer up to date

Download from iTunes App StoreXynthesizr logoOne iOS music app that I always have a lot of fun with is Yuri Turov’s rather interesting Xynthesizr universal iOS music app. In essence, Xynthesizr offers a streamlined 32-step-based pattern sequencer and synthesizer engine. However, it also has a ‘generative music’ element to if given how the sequences can be set to follow particular root note/scale combinations and the randomise functions that can help your sequence evolve. You can also output your sequences for playback on other iOS synths (or record the MIDI data into another sequencer/DAW).

While the interface is generally uncluttered, when you start to explore, there are actually quite a lot of features tucked away under the hood. This includes a rather excellent scale/key transpose feature that allows you to adjust your pattern on the fly. The other really interesting feature is the probability-based ‘morphing’ of patterns where the app generates variations on your pattern on each iteration through. The user can control the ‘rules’ applied here and limit the morphing to just a section of the pattern if preferred. This whole features is great to getting new musical possibilities going from a basic idea.

Xynthesizr – hypnotic generative music and a very cool feature set once you dig in.

Anyway, while Yuri has bought us Shoom, things have been pretty quite on the Xynthesizr front for quite a while and the last update to the app was back in November 2015. However, a further update for the app – taking it to v.1.5 – appeared on the App Store over the week-end. It’s great to see the app get some developer TLC :-)

There is, of course, some maintenance under the hood with a few fixes applied but, equally, there are also some feature refinements that bring Xynthesizr up to date in iOS music tech terms. Top of this list here is support for Ableton Link and support for Audiobus 3 with the latter including support for MIDI routing.

Ableton Link support has been added in this update.

Having given both of these major refinements a bit of a spin this morning, all seems to be working well and Xynthesizr happily locked tempo with other apps running under Audiobus 3 and Link-enabled. Would I love to see AU support added? Well, yes, but Xynthesizr is a bit of a generative music gem….  and long-standing users will simply be happy to see the app getting some care and attention.

Xynthesizr now has support for both audio and MIDI routing within Audiobus 3.

Xynthesizr really is a lot of fun and the sequencing/generative music creation environment is rather relaxing to use. For gentle – almost Mike Oldfield – repeating melodic patterns, the results, with their own subtle shifts in content because of the generative options, are almost hypnotic. However, hooked up to one of your more up-market iOS synth apps, there are plenty of creative options to be explored.

If you are a step-sequencer fan, Xynthesizr, at UK£6.99/US$6.99, is a brilliant cross between standard sequencing and generative music creation. If you like to work with electronic music styles, Xynthesizr is well worth a look. Check out the demo video from a earlier version (it shows the app’s core functionality) and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

Xynthesizr

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    Comments

    1. I’ve had this app on my iPhone for ages, but have just never had the time to experiment with it. Judging by the YouTube demo, now would seem as good a time as any, especially as I can now sync Xynthesizr to FunkBox :-)

    2. Love this app! So glad to see it updated.

    3. Jonathan Vipond says:

      I’m really pleased that this has been updated. iPad sequences are very well catered for but on the iPhone this app is a must!

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