Synth Round-Up: Synthesizers Break Free from the Studio on the iPhone

Musicians of all calibres, from mom’s basement amateurs to true prodigies, can now find the software they need to make music on the go on their iPhones, whenever and wherever they want. But with so many options, it’s often hard for people to figure out which app suits them best. We’re here to help.

Here’s a look at three different synthesizer apps for three different types of musicians.

synthPond

Score: 8/10
Price: $1.99
Best suited for: Non-Musicians

Using a color-based notation system, SynthPond gives people with no previous knowledge of music the ability to create beautiful, ambient, soothing synth loops.

Unfortunately, the lack of any true deep synth configuration options and the complete absence of a standard timing system renders this app useless in serious recording situations. .

ZooZBeat

Score: 6/10
Price: $2.99
Best suited for: Amateur Musicians

The ZooZBeat synthesizer has been developed to bring out the little drummer boy in everyday iPhone users. Users can produce synth sounds from a variety of instruments. Also, for those looking for a little portable Pavarotti production, ZooZBeat supports voice recording.

ZooZBeat offers up a very simple touch interface and overall is a great foundation of an app, with plenty of room for improvement. A free version is also offered, without voice recording, saving and loading, and with fewer instruments to choose from.

This app is not currently available in the App Store.

noise.io

Score: 9/10
Price: $9.99
Best suited for: Serious Musicians

Noise.io Pro features everything you would expect from a synth including a large and expandable preset bank, a powerful sequencer, a rich ESFM synthesizer processor and all the bells and whistles you would expect from any professional synths.

Noise.io Pro requires quite a bit of experience and know-how in the field of electronic music production to be put to good use.

Simply stated, it seems the iPhone synthesizer software scene is suffering from some slow, scattered success. But this is all to be expected. The iPhone development scene is moving so fast that often at times people seem to forget that we’re talking about a platform that’s been open for development for under a year. It’s amazing we’ve got so far so quickly.

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