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Waldorf Nave Released!

After over a year in development, Waldorf and Tempo Rubato bring us the next Pro-level iOS synth! Nave is here and on sale!

Waldorf Nave iTunes Description:

The Nave sound engine includes two novel Wavetable oscillators, leaving every previous attempt in wavetable synthesis far behind. The spectrum of a sound can be transposed independently of its pitch. The waves are being rendered periodically to noisy. Especially sounds with an accent on formants can be reproduced easily, which made us integrate a speech synthesizer for the easy creation of wavetables.

The clearly structured UI invites both beginners and advanced users to experiment, and the large display of 
the iPad makes Wavetable creation and editing a blast. Besides Speech Synthesis, Wavetables can also be made by analysing audio files. Further stretching, rotating and shifting in spectral domain allows Wavetables to be further refined or distorted.

Features Per Voice:

  • Two independent advanced Wavetable Oscillators
  • Osc module with up to 8 oscillator Überosc, shapes sawtooth, triangle, PWM, white or pink noise
  • Two Ring Modulators
  • Multimode Filter with LP,BP and HP, each either 12 dB or 24 dB
  • 3 Envelopes
  • 2 LFO
  • 10 Modulation Matrix Entries
  • Drive with adjustable curve, depth and position


  • Modulation Effect with either Chorus, Flanger or Phaser
  • Delay
  • High Quality Reverb
  • Three band parametric Equalizer
  • Compressor

Additional Features (abridged):

  • Up to three X/Y Control Pads
  • Four Track Recorder with clip based editing
  • Sync to MIDI Clock or WIST
  • MIDI Learn
  • Audiobus compatible
  • Background Audio
  • Speech Synthesizer for Wavetables
  • 3D Wavetable Editing
  • Generation of Wavetables from external audio files
  • BeatMaker & Sonoma Audio Copy / Paste Support
  • Patch Management with unlimited user banks and categories

System Requirements:

  • iOS 6 or higher
  • iPad 2 or higher

Buy Waldorf Nave on iTunes: $11.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

We all know Tempo Rubato's Rolf Wöhrmann writes elegant and processor efficient code, from his long history with NLog, but just for confirmation readers are already reporting that it is indeed running fine on iPad 2s! Andre commented below that his iPad 2 is running Nave, Funkbox, and Echopad in Audiobus just fine! I think I hear iPad 5 sales plummeting from 3 months away.

Reader Comments (130)

Ha ha! Got it. A very good day to play. Now, if only there were something like a two minute programming tutorial video to get me started... ;)

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZenLizard

wow, only $12 that's an amazing deal, instant buy!!! :)))

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergatearray

Installing... :)

Happy days, can't believe the price! Bargain of the year so far?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve


June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhoyas79

Just picked this up. Could not resist at $12. I would LOVE to see Discchord do a video review similar to what your did with Grain Science. You do great reviews/walkthroughs!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert N. Mullen

Ipad 2 users,Ive got funkbox playing nave with echopad in effects & recording with audioshare,So ipad 2 users good days

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIAP

Oh... My.... God!

I'm lost already... This is incredible, every aspect is so beautifully worked out!

This is a true work of love and passion, gongratulations to the Waldorf crew, this is going to keep me happy for years to come :)

Running perfectly on iPad4!

I'm blown away...

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve


June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymouse

Ohhhhh... Yeah... Read y'all later. MUCH later. I'm going to go off and form an inappropriate relationship with Nave now which is going to be highly disturbing. Just sayin'

New cheesy/painfully obvious slogan: "Don't be a Knave – get Nave!"

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZenLizard

So, my first thought after 5 minutes playing was, this is the Maggelan of 2013. It did not fail any expectations and actually I felt quite good for not having to purchase any additional formant type apps that emulate voices :) I mean... I am nave and I'm a synth :) how cool is that.

After 10 minutes I created an engine rev sound :) will happily place a sample in soundcloud.

Cheers, and enjoy nave. This, animoog and Magellan pretty much make up the 3 best synths around.

Now this leaves nlog in a weird spot,...


June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHoyas79

Fucking awesome synth!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

obviously you can create any kind of genre with this app but just out of curiosity what type of music does one think of when considering this app, iow what would a typical nave users music look like?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkid pocalypse

aaaaaaaaaaand now I need one of the new iConnectivity boxes. This is going to replace a few plugin instruments.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterodoyle

It's very nice.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterISM

A glass of wine and Nave; a perfect evening! Thank you Tempo Rubato and Waldorf!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfrejahel

@kid pocalypse – I don't believe there will be a typical Nave user's genre, after hearing the vastly different ways that people use the same synths. For example: Rush, Stevie Wonder, Gary Numan, Snoop Dog, Britney Spears, Porcupine Tree, Black Eyed Peas, and Nine Inch Nails use some of the same Moog synths (or samples from those synths) in their music, with vastly different results. I think the same will be true for Nave. That's just my own subjective opinion, of course.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZenLizard

"What type of music does one think of when considering this app?"

The only type that matters: dubstep.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan Copeland

God what a waste of $12, I'm going to try and get a refund from Apple, for the first time ever! Crap interface, terrible uninspiring sounds...

Psych- this is one of the greatest apps ever!!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZymos

@kid pocalypse - music is what you make it. Since we are all unique, there is no reason for us all to use stuff in the same way. Tip: to make your music sound different and fresh, do not use the same type of sounds everyone uses within say a particular genre. Go your own way. Nave is a versatile synth. Experiment.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedo

WOW Im lost for words & only scrapped the surface,Ive got a great track going in audiobus with Nave,Glitchbreaks and Turnado.Anyone with ipad 2 just keep midi settings to just what you need & you should be fine,The only time ive run into any problem is when first loading certain apps into audiobus with Nave but once its playing everything is fine.I most certainly have a new favourite synth thankyou Rolf-Nlog & Waldolf.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIAP

to all, yes thank you for your responses, I wasn't asking a philosophical question, I was just curious what type of artist would lean towards this type of synth you know like there is a definite lean when you think of massive. Not trying to put the synth in a box as much as just trying to figure out it's general appeal....... I know how I'm going to use it already :)

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkid pocalypse

To Kid Pocalypse if you heard the music i was making im not sure the word unique would arise from peoples mouths.But i totally understand what your saying,I have a thing about not using factory presets-i use them to learn how to make that sound e.t.c,I think the best way to learn how to use a synth is to start at default setting & go from there it worked for me.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIAP

Nave does not connect to my Alesis IODock. It is visible as an option but I cannot select it. Anyone else having this problem? Thoughts?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Wow! Blown away by this app. Only been playing around with it for about 15 minutes, but am already amazed at the depth and ease of use. Sometimes synths can have depth but be overwhelming and hard to use, and other times they can be a bit more user friendly but also lacking in the types of sound you can squeeze from them. Nave appears to have struck a great balance.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

This looks like a great synth app, but I have a question.

I already own, Animoog, Magellan, iMS20, and Sunrizer. How does Nave stand out from those synths? Thanks.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

My iPad 2 can't seem to handle 2-3 short tracks in the built in 4 track plus the synth, more then a couple of voices/keys and the audio tracks start dropping out. How does it handle on iPad 4, any drop outs?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrisG

Hey Steve, just noticed a comment over at Synthtopia about someone using it with the iodock, so at least it is possible....

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZymos

anyone reccomend any good wavetable synthesis tutorials?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralege

Sean, this is a great complement to ask those apps mentioned. If you owned PPG synth apps, then I'd wait for a formal review comparing both apps. As such, I can recommend nave without thinking twice. I would still recommend Addictive Synth and launchkey.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHoyas79

PPG wavemapper was my fav synth about 6 hours ago,which uses a simpler interface different to this,PPG wavegenerator is probably closer but that user a complicated routing way which i not sure would help lots,i would print out manual for this personally.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIAP

Hoyas79 - Thanks for the response, will buy Nave today.

I've been thinking about Addictive Synth for awhile now, may consider that one as well. And as Launchkey is currently FREE in the App Store, that was a no-brainer download.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

The iPad is by far the best hardware keyboard I have! Especially now!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermikefeq

I did a couple of tutorials related to wavetables, alege.

ECPM #21: Understanding Wavetables - uses Animoog, not hugely relevant but a good place to start!

PPG WaveGenerator - This is an advanced tutorial specifically for WaveGenerator, but this focuses on wavetable synthesis.

June 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

@Zymos Cheerrs, will have a look...

I'm way to tired to even focus on the letter here, but I've finally managed to sit down with Nave and start messing with some of the controls... this is what happened:


This thing is wild! :)

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@alege, there's only really one thing that you need to know about Wavetable synthesis to get you going if you already understand conventional waveform oscillators. In their simplest form they are a square wave, triangle, sine then all the other wiggly shapes you often see in oscillation type selector windows. Wave table synthesis still follows the same principle, you are oscillating a signal along a wave path; the difference is that you can also move across a 3d space in which the waveform changes (that's the pretty coloured picture) where the red line is is the current path your oscillator is following! Similar is a waveform in 2d where the wave doesn't change but you can move the start point. Think about this and the fact that you can also oscillate this movement across the wavetable and you're most of the way there...

Sorry, don't know where that came from!

Have fun :)

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Gear acquisition syndrome in full effect. Purchased happily, even though I know nothing about wave based synthesis. I will second heat everyone is saying, though - I vote that Tim makes a review / tutorial in his unique style.

Nave is, by the way, completely living up to the hype. Between this and Yonac's Galileo organ synth, it has been a crazy awesome week.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommentercXe

Using this for a few hours now and don't regret my purchase. Can see that there's a lot of power in there. Lots of fun. That said, also running into a few shortcomings. Only mentioning them here to see if perhaps they're device specific. I'm on iPad 3 and it's a little sluggish to load patches and switch screens. That's frustrating, but no deal breaker. Biggest problem I've encountered so far is when using the blades. If I start at the base of a blade and drag the Y up I can then eventually drag the Y back down to zero things out. BUT if I begin mid-blade with a higher initial Y value I can never quite zero things before the blade is released at a low of maybe 10% when my finger leaves the screen. Is this something others are experiencing on other versions of the iPad?

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCAS3000

I've been using this all day. It is crazy stupid good.

Any reason I shouldn't update to iOS 6?

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNique

Anyone getting any crackling. I had figure running and playing a few keys , crackle, removed figure and ok. Preset by sonic mayhem-bio mechanical oscillation has a crackle in the attack. Running ipad4. Blown away by these presets

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor


The slowish page loading thing straightens itself out after the app is first loaded and you switch pages a few times, try it! Regaridng the other stuff, don't forget this is a v1 release, and an amaizng one at that! There will be timely updates fixing any issues that arise, count on it! :)

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergatearray


I see Nave has a 5 star rating in the App Store, which is well-deserved as we can all agree!

However, this might be an appropriate time to remind everyone about writing your glowing reviews in the App Store itself, something I think we are all guilty of NOT doing enough for synths we love.

Great reviews entice others who don't visit discchord (banish the thought!) to take the plunge and discover what we already know. It only takes a moment, and with positive reviews come more sales, and more sales reward devs who work like dogs to make awesome shit we love for cheap. Indeed, I have a self-serving interest in seeing these guys succeed and be rewarded for their efforts—. I want more amazing apps from folks who are clearly über-talented! Yes, that German pun was intended. :)

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergatearray

@steve. Works fine with my iodock. You do have to turn it on and turn midi notes in or out on.

Can't see how to set a midi Chanel though and also it seems to ignore the scale and chord settings which is a bit of a pita, unless there's something I'm missing

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

Still playing with this and still enjoying it but running into more issues along the lines of the blades one I mentioned up above. For example, if, starting with your finger on the midpoint dot of the pitchbend wheel, you very quickly move up and down about an inch along that Y axis you'll reach and hear the entirety of the bend at both ends as you'd expect. But, starting in the same center position, if you attempt to bend slower via moving your finger very slowly up or down the screen it often doesn't reach the entire bend you heard before even once you've moved several inches away nearing the top or bottom of the screen. Have found myself sliding off the usable portion of the screen in an attempt to reach that full octave bend only to have the wheel and sound snap back once I did. Again, just curious if this is device specific to those of us on iPad 3s. Curious if those of you on 4s or 2s are having the same problem.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCAS3000

The pitch wheel has the same behavior on my ipad4. If I move the wheel slowly and finger reaches the top of screen, wheel has rotated 75% of the way, however without removing my finger, by going back and moving faster up I get all the way to the next octave. Maybe this was intentional to get better accuracy.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Yea the pitch and mod wheel behaves differently depending on how fast you move/slide your finger. I hope an options comes along that allows you to have it behave more"static" like in most other iOS synths.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrisG

I was having so much fun with this, crafting this super interesting pad that sounded like haunted electricity (but in a subtle way). I just need to tweak the envelopes a tad.... and then crash.

Everything is gone.

So sad right now. That was over an hour of work. Apparently Nave is not saving its state, and will revert to default when launched again, so save and save often! It is pretty damn impressive, you can do everything from pretty to clanging or something in between, but Nave is not without bugs. I also encountered a situation where the audio just completely died and the app needed to be closed and relaunched.

June 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

@Bianca - Thanks. I am using my MiniBrute as the midi source and it normally powers any synth/app on channel one which is selected in the MB or All. I know the MB is sending midi as other apps work, so I'll have to keep testing to figure out why Nave sees the dock, but won't connect. I also sent a screen shot to Waldorf support and I'll see if the respond.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@ Bianca - Got it now. Thanks for the notes on tip. I feel silly as I kept trying to select the dock but it was not clear that I had to turn on the notes. Much appreciated!

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I was so tired last night I didn't even realise Ztmos wasn't talking to me, I just vaguely thought what's that about?

Sorry Steve!

I was going to do this anyway but to avoid further confusion I'll start posting as Baddcr - the random collection of letters I stumbled on when I created my SoundCloud account :)


June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBaddcr
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