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TAL-U-NO-LX by TAL Software

Developer TAL Software enters the iOS market with the release of their Roland Juno app, TAL-U-NO-LX! TAL are extremely popular in the desktop world because they give away a bunch of free plugins, in addition to their paid offerings. The iOS version of TAL-U-NO-LX is $12, $60 on desktop, and arrives with AUv3 and MPE. Presets for the desktop version, including a multitude of third-party presets, are compatible with the iOS version!


All sounds are generated in real time without any samples. It produces the raw sound of the original hardware device without any additional effects.
As an addition the software version supports normal MIDI and the newer MPE standard.
All synth parameters support MIDI learn and can be controlled with a hardware MIDI controller. The presets are compatible with the desktop version and a lot of preset banks by third party companies are available for this syntheziser.
Starting the standalone version automatically copies the presets from the document folder into the shared sandbox folder.

Doug Woods did a The Sound Test Room Live Stream for TAL-U-NO-LX, and SoundForMore has started a tutorial series. I've embedded the playlist for it, but right now there are only 2 videos.

Reader Comments 13

This recreation is uncanny!
April 10, 2020  | person Ralis
This app is very lovely!
It's nice to see that it has MIDI learn, and MPE. I remember thinking it would be cool if velocity could affect the filter cut-off and/or amplitude. I hope that velocity is easily "learned" or in the matrix list. That would in no small way make it better than the original.

I'd also love to see release velocity in the list so it could perhaps control the release time. So few instruments allow this, but it is such a natural and lovely thing to use. If you release slowly, you get a nice long release and if you lift your hands quickly, the notes just stop. It's very satisfying.
This is the good stuff. Plus a couple hundred or so downloadable free presets.
April 10, 2020  | person_outline Crowfly
Never tried the desktop version.. does it sound good? I’m stuffed with ios synths but i think i’ll give in to temptation this time
April 11, 2020  | person belibat
After messing with it some more last night, I have a few observations.

The main first impression is that it does give a nice emulation of the Juno 60/106. The tone is there and the basic personality is there.

There's a large blank area near the top of the screen that seems a bit wasted since the rest of the GUI is a bit cramped.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a tuning map loader, so .tun files can be used. Not sure if they are saved with the preset.

I didn't have a controller connected so I wasn't able to get into the MIDI learn functions or whether velocity/release-velocity could be assigned to anything.

The envelopes are pretty snappy, but not as snappy as Zeeon or SynthMaster. But useable.

You can compare this to the Moog Model D for bass synth goodness.
very encouraging to see their juno app appear on ios , i hope their 101 and other apps appear .
as a 1st release , it performs well and has lots of ios options and seems stable.

if anyone is new to tal software then head to their website and try their demos/free apps , you wont regret it.
April 12, 2020  | person Re5etuk
The midi learn is a bit different than other apps I had to actually move the fader then controller knob to get it to work right. I thought it was broken at first
Is there a way to assign velocity?
Stub I saw no settings for velocity
Ah. Ok. That seems like one of the little hitches with MIDI learn.

There's probably a workaround with a MIDI processing app to convert velocity into another CC. The unfortunate thing is that you would want the velocity value linked to a particular voice-- so if you were playing chords, the filter could be adjusted per voice (as it is with an envelope). Ah, but perhaps if velocity is somehow converted into an MPE stream (via 3rd party app) it will work. For that matter, perhaps release velocity could work as well-- the trick would be to get the release velocity to generate a CC-- before the actual MIDI note release. Could be done.

I wonder if you play notes during LEARN mode if it will assign key-track to that parameter.
They released an update that makes appropriate use of screen space-- so it looks and works properly now.

I also noticed in the control section that there is a "VEL ENV" slider in the control section. which might make velocity control of the filter possible. I don't like this solution as much because it doesn't directly link the filter to velocity-- but rather forces you to have the envelope as the go-between. There could be a case where you always want the LPF envelope to be either shallow or deep, and you want depth (or lack of it) to be independent of velocity, BUT you still want velocity to control the cutoff's starting point before the envelope does it's thing.

It's a minor gripe, I suppose. But with MIDI learn, it means that velocity COULD be a proper source, but it just isn't possible because there's no matrix, or source picker.
The lack of velocity controlled filter option is my only gripe. (Though it's a big one) Other than that is is a great VST that really sounds like my original Juno-60.
May 31, 2020  | person_outline Antilles

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