AudioKit Synth One
On-the-go performers will be thrilled with the prospect of this mighty mobile music-maker
Not to be confused with the similarlynamed desktop classic from Ichiro Toda, Synth One had its genesis in Analog Synth X, a free code example included with the AudioKit development app. Rewritten from the ground up in C++, Synth One is free and open source – something of a rarity in the App Store.
Initially inspired by developer Matthew Becher’s realisation that there were millions of iPad users that couldn’t actually afford even a $0.99 app, Synth One was developed to provide a high quality synthesiser for use by anyone and everyone, regardless of budget.
And that they did. On the surface, Synth One is a remarkably well-appointed hybrid of virtual analogue and FM synthesis, wth dual oscillators, FM, suboscillator and noise generator. There’s a pair of filters (HPF and LPF), 16-step sequencer, arpeggiator, a pair of envelopes and built-in effects, including a reverb designed by Sean Costello of Valhalla DSP, purveyor of some of the finest reverb plugins on the planet.
Crucially, Synth One gives users superb sounds and an inspiring palette of parameters to make more. Maybe the best thing about it is that the source code is available, meaning users can add and adapt as they like. Don’t miss this one!
Don’t like what you see? No problem – download the source code and change it to fit your needs