AudioKit Synth One now available for iPhone + Free soundset by Francis Preve

Audiokit Synth One iPhone

The AudioKit team has released its feature-packed free synthesizer AudioKit Synth One for the iPhone. Exciting news: After over 3 years of development, AudioKit Synth One is now available as a universal app for the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone version has turned out fantastic: Synth One has been painstakingly handcrafted for the iPhone interface. […]

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Synth One is a free, no-strings-attached, iPad and iPhone synthesizer

Call it the people’s iOS synth: Synth One is free – without ads or registration or anything like that – and loved. And now it’s reached 1.0, with iPad and iPhone support and some expert-designed sounds.

First off – if you’ve been wondering what happened to Ashley Elsdon, aka Palm Sounds and editor of our Apps section, he’s been on a sabbatical since September. We’ll be thinking soon about how best to feature his work on this site and how to integrate app coverage in the current landscape. But you can read his take on why AudioKit matters, and if Ashley says something is awesome, that counts.

But with lots of software synths out there, why does Synth One matter in 2019? Easy:

It’s really free. Okay, sure, it’s easy for Apple to “give away” software when they make more on their dongles and adapters than most app developers charge. But here’s an independent app that’s totally free, without needing you to join a mailing list or look at ads or log into some cloud service.

It’s a full-featured, balanced synth. Under the hood, Synth One is a polysynth with hybrid virtual analog / FM, with five oscillators, step sequencer, poly arpeggiator, loads of filtering and modulation, a rich reverb, multi-tap delay, and loads of etras.

There’s standards support up the wazoo. Are you visually impaired? There’s Voice Over accessibility. Want Ableton Link support? MIDI learn on everything? Compatibility with Audiobus 3 and Inter App Audio so you can run this in your favorite iOS DAW? You’re set.

It’s got some hot presets. Sound designer Francis Preve has been on fire lately, making presets for everyone from KORG to the popular Serum plug-in. And version 1.0 launches with Fran’s sound designs – just what you need to get going right away. (Fran’s sound designs are also usually great for learning how a synth works.)

It’s the flagship of an essential framework. Okay the above matters to users – this matters to developers (who make stuff users care about, naturally). Synth One is the synthesizer from the people who make AudioKit. That’s good for making sure the framework is solid, plus

You can check out the source code. Everything is up at github.com/AudioKit/AudioKitSynthOne – meaning Synth One is also an (incredibly sophisticated) example app for Audio Kit.

More is coming… MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) and AUv3 are coming soon, say the developers.

And now the big addition —

It runs on iPhone, too. I have to say, I’ve been waiting for a synth that’s pocket sized for extreme portability, but few really are compelling. Now you can run this on any iPhone 6 or better – and if you’ve got a higher-end iPhone (iPhone X/XS/XR / iPhone XS Max / 6/7/8 Plus size), you’ll get a specially optimized UI with even more space.

Check out this nice UI:

On iPhone:

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AudioKit Synth One 1.0 arrives, is universal, is awesome

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AudioKit Pro’s Digital D1 iPad Synth update comes with 200+ new presets

AudioKit Pro Digital D1

AudioKit Pro has launched version 1.0 of Digital D1, the 64-voice hybrid virtual analog/PCM synthesizer for iPad. The update comes with over 200 new presets in three sound banks and new per-voice filter-key tracking knobs. Recommended if you like classic digital synths like the D-50, JD-990, 01/W, Wavestation, and more. This app does not sample […]

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AudioKit launches Digital D1 virtual hybrid digital polysynth for iOS

AudioKit Digital D1 Digital D1

AudioKit has announced the Digital D1, a 64-voice virtual analog/PCM synthesizer instrument for iPad. Digital D1 is inspired by the classic 80s and 90s digital synths like the D-50, JD-990, 01/W, Wavestation and more. Digital D1 features 64-voice Hybrid Digital Poly Synthesis. Fully loaded with 300+ presets by Brice Beasley, Matthew Fecher, Red Sky Lullaby, […]

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Cem Olcay releases ScaleBud AUv3 MIDI Music Theory Keyboard for iOS

Cem Olcay ScaleBudAudioKit core-team member Cem Olcay has released ScaleBud, an AUv3 MIDI plugin and standalone app for iPhone and iPad. ScaleBud is a music theory tool for composers, artists and learners, allowing you to create chords and stay in scale. It features more than 40 of the most popular scales. It has a very simple, single-view […]

Audiokit Pro Synthesizer ‘Easter Egg’ Hacker Panel

Here’s a look at Audiokit Synth One, a free and open-source software synth for iOS, and a hidden ‘Easter Egg’ ‘hacker panel’.… Read More Audiokit Pro Synthesizer ‘Easter Egg’ Hacker Panel

AudioKit Synth One open-source iOS synthesizer now available

AudioKit Synth OneMatthew Fecher has announced the release of AudioKit Synth One, a free, open-source synthesizer instrument. Over the past 2 years, Matthew and over 100 volunteers, including sound designers for M83, Rihanna, Kanye West, and more have been donating their time to build the world’s first completely free professional open-source iPad Synthesizer. Created by over 100+ […]

AudioKit Synth One – ‘The First Pro Open-Source iPad Synth’

eveloper Matthew Fecher shared this sneak preview of AudioKit Synth One, a new software synth that promises to be ‘the first pro open-source iPad synth. … Read More AudioKit Synth One – ‘The First Pro Open-Source iPad Synth’

AudioKit releases FREE vintage Casio/Yamaha toy keyboard loops

AudioKit Yamaha PSS270AudioKit has announced a collection of over 600 MB of free loops and samples of old school toy keyboard from Casio and Yamaha. The pack includes over 800 tempo-labeled loops and individual drum hits of vintage Yamaha PSS, PSR and Casio MT keyboards. The sounds were recorded through a Sound Blaster soundcard, and processed and […]

AudioKit releases FREE vintage Casio/Yamaha toy keyboard loops

AudioKit Yamaha PSS270AudioKit has announced a collection of over 600 MB of free loops and samples of old school toy keyboard from Casio and Yamaha. The pack includes over 800 tempo-labeled loops and individual drum hits of vintage Yamaha PSS, PSR and Casio MT keyboards. The sounds were recorded through a Sound Blaster soundcard, and processed and […]