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Syntronik by IK Multimedia

Today IK Multimedia released Syntronik. This is an iOS port of their synth workstation. In addition to 17 synth emulations, there is also 37 built-in effects. The app is free to try, but requires a $45 IAP to unlock all features.

Syntronik iTunes Description:

Play the vibe. Hear the magic. Syntronik is IK’s cutting-edge synthesizer that features the sound of the most iconic machines to ever grace the planet.

Syntronik comprises 17 powerful virtual synths recreating the legendary sonic signature of 38 of the most sought-after classic analog synthesizers and string machines ever created, recognizable by their elegantly designed, easy-to-navigate interfaces.

Thanks to IK’s exclusive DRIFT™ technology, which emulates the way real analog circuits behave over time, the astounding circuit-modeled filters and the multi-sampled oscillators, Syntronik is the most authentic sounding analog virtual synthesizer to date and is the one-stop solution for musicians, discerning producers and synth aficionados demanding utmost sound quality and extreme playability both live and in the studio.

Our team of developers and sound designers worked relentlessly to capture each machine’s “DNA” for the most realistic and flexible instruments possible that maintain the real character of the originals while extending their creative potential even further.

Syntronik offers Multis with 4 parts. Each part has its own synth, dynamic arpeggiator and a dedicated 5-slot effect section for unprecedented sound design flexibility, allowing for highly sophisticated sonic palettes.

The instruments available in Syntronik cover an incredibly wide range of sounds, triggering inspiration right from the start with 1200 instrument presets, easily accessible with a smart browser, 200 multis*, 129 arpeggios and much more.


- 17 virtual synths provide the iconic, timeless sound of 38 legendary machines: (Alesis Andromeda, ARP 2600, ARP String Ensemble (Solina), Elka, Rhapsody 490, Hohner String Performer, Micromoog, Minimoog Model D, Modular Moog, Moog Opus 3, Moog Prodigy, Moog Rogue, Moog Taurus I, Moog Taurus II, Moog Taurus 3, Moog Voyager, Multimoog, Oberheim OB-X, Oberheim OB-Xa, Oberheim SEM, Polymoog, PPG Wave 2.3, Realistic Concertmate MG-1, Roland Juno-60, Roland Jupiter-4, Roland Jupiter-6, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland JX-10, Roland JX-3P, Roland JX-8P, Roland RS-09 Organ/Strings, Roland RS-505 Paraphonic, Roland TB-303 Bassline, Sequential Circuits Prophet-10, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Yamaha CS-01II, Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha GX-1, Yamaha SY99)

- Dynamic arpeggiators: create complex and compelling rhythmic lines

- Multis: combine instruments, easily define ranges, split points, FX and sequences for never-heard-before sounds

- 37 astounding effects: (Black 76, White 2A, Model 670, Parametric EQ, Vintage EQ-1A, Channel Strip, Crusher, Overdrive, Overscream, Lo-Fi, Phonograph, AM Modulation, Ensemble Chorus, Chorus C1, Electric Flanger, FM Modulation, Opto Tremolo, Phaser, Rotary Speaker, Small Phazer, Uni-V, AutoPan, Slicer, LFO Filter, Env Filter, Wah, Multi Filter, Digital Reverb, Digital Delay, Spring Reverb, Tape Echo, Stereo Imager, Amp & Cab Echo, Modern Tube Lead, SVT Classic, Jazz Amp 120)

- DRIFT™ technology: exact emulation of analog circuit behavior over time

- 4 analog-modeled classic filters: Moog transistor ladder, Roland's IR3109 chip, Curtis CEM3320 chip, Oberheim SEM state variable filter

- Efficient browser: find sounds fast

- Based on SampleTank 3’s engine

- 1200 stellar sounding presets

- 200 carefully edited Multis*

- 129 ready to use, expressive arpeggios

- Inter-App Audio and Audiobus compatible.

- Single models are available separately via in-app purchase

- Available as a free version (includes 25 presets from all 17 synths)

More info http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/syntronikipad

*Available by purchasing the Full Version of Syntronik or all the 17 single models.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are not associated with IK Multimedia.

Reader Comments 18

Downloaded this to test out when it was released for Mac...deleted within 5 minutes. The description makes it sound amazing. It isn't.
September 19, 2017  | person_outline Rob Fenn
It's basically just samples with a small bit of tweaking of the samples.
September 19, 2017  | person_outline Rob Fenn
Just from glancing at the UI in the video, it does look like it makes use of evocative emulations of the panels of the synth sources. It sounds like it takes the SampleTank engine and puts a different GUI over it to play samples from other synths, probably applying a variety of DSP (filters, etc.) to make them behave like synths.

I like the idea of having the 4-layer multi built in.

Generally, for some reason, IK's apps just rub me the wrong way. I don't want to be unfair, I just feel like the way they do hype, the way they put ads in their apps, all the ways their apps fall short of being truly useful-- hasn't done it for me. YMMV.

No mention of the modulation scan rates. That would be useful to know.
September 19, 2017  | favorite_border stub
if it was audio unit...instabuy...but it isnt, so it isnt...
Plus IK multimedia are aweful about in app spamming
September 19, 2017  | person Heretik7
The free version didn't get much use on my desktop either. When they say 25 presets from all 17 synths that's not 25 presets per synth. There's literally 25 presets across all 17 synths.

Even though I prefer making up my own sounds they really should have included a few more to give a better idea of what it can do.

But ultimately it just didn't inspire me. It's basically Sampletank patches through modelled filters and effects. And the iOS version requires a 64-bit device so I'm shut out anyway.

Also, IIRC the free version only has one layer available. The other three are locked unless you buy the full version.
September 19, 2017  | person Bob
I saw this when Rudess was hyping the PC version; every 'synth' is just the same sample player, with exactly the same parameters spread around in different layouts coupled with a skin which is redolent of the synth the samples are taken from. The different filters and the drift might add something, but this comes nowhere near Arturia's V Collection. It felt like a slight of hand.
September 19, 2017  | person_outline Souper
But does it have free IK ads? :-)
September 19, 2017  | person_outline Simon
So how much is it to get the full package on iPad? The free version on pc sounds great, better than some of my actual modern analog hardware synths!
September 19, 2017  | person_outline cloudswimmer
"So how much is it to get the full package on iPad? "

In Australia it is AU$63. I guess that is around US$50...?
September 20, 2017  | person_outline Simon
Free IK ads... LOL!! Nice one, @Simon !!

Yea, the more I think about it, I'm going to pass on it.

(Broke-ass translation: I have an iPad 4 and couldn't run it even if I wanted to -- which I don't.)

OTOH, Zeeon might get a pre-64-bit buy by me.
September 20, 2017  | favorite_border stub
Wow $50.00 to get the whole package?! Thats significantly less that the three hundred something for the computer version .. so what are you missing with the iPad vs PC version?
September 20, 2017  | person_outline cloudswimmer
ooh look- new synth! Oh wait - IK Multimedia... never mind..
The full monty is actually $39.99.
September 20, 2017  | favorite_border Jensen
What piffle. Crap rompler with lacklustre sound and lacking the required controls. Nice idea, badly executed.
September 20, 2017  | person distantanimals
„Synth Powerhouse“ LOL. Don't waist your money on this! Better go for Zeeon (great new Synth with AU support), iVCS3, iSem, Poison-202, PPG, … , enjoy tweaking sounds, and get lucky 😊.
The way IK advertises this “Rompler” makes me angry. ' think I'm gonna delete SampleTank from all of my devices 😘
September 20, 2017  | person Plø
What's with all the overhyped romplers these days anyways?
September 20, 2017  | person Nonny Moose
So it really seems like this is a rompler with some filters and effects. Unless I'm missing something, it is not a "synthesizer emulator." If this is in fact the case the marketing is extremely misleading. That would be really too bad coming from a (formerly?) reputable music software company.
September 20, 2017  | person_outline Duckmandu
Doug has a good demo vid here:
September 21, 2017  | person_outline Simon

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