Friday, April 06, 2012 by Tim Webb
When this $1 mono-synth came out last month I had ignored it - I've already got quite a lot of those, thanks - But I can't ignore any app with Virtual MIDI and background audio support! This update brings both, as well as screen orientation shifting; which will come in handy for digging into all of the many different ways this can be played.
Perhaps most novel is this app's wind instrument mode in which you blow on your iPad/iPhone. I assume that works better on the iPhone, because it just felt goofy blowing in the mic of the iPad. I was also not enjoying the knobs. After playing with it for a bit I still have no idea if the the knob movements are radial, vertical or entirely random.
Still, for a $1 you get some nice sounds out of a decent little mono-synth, with some effects to make it sound mean and analog. The MIDI implementation seems good, but the app crashed on me once. I had to reassign MIDI from my keyboard after the piece-of-shit camera connection kit popped out, and as soon as I re-selected my keyboard the app died. I'm not sure if that is the app's fault or CoreMIDI choking on lossing a source in the middle of playing.
Here's an amusing video from the developer, Iglesia Intermedia