|Nave Synth from Waldorf|
Its been a fantastic and surprising couple of weeks for synth fans on the iPad. Two major music companies have come out with amazing iPad synth offerings. One, Nave from Waldorf was anticipated for quite awhile and the other, Thor by Propellerhead (the folks who produce Reason) just came out of the blue!
Nave is a synthesizer that uses a combination of waveform oscillators a little bit like the PPG offerings (WaveGenerator and WaveMapper) but in what I think is a much more approachable way. Rather than go through pages and pages of arcane and tricky settings (as in the PPG synths), most modulations and settings in Nave are at your fingertips or are a knob twist away. The sounds are very rich and the synth even includes a vocoder that can sing or play phrases you type into it. I've played a little with with it so far and got out one piece:
Like most wavetable synths, getting the exact sound you are after is a matter of experimentation. I don't find that I can predict in advance what the combination will sound like but then again, that is better suited to traditional subtractive synths. Nave joins some other great wavetable based synths already on the iPad: PPG WaveGenerator, PPG WaveMapper and Moog's Animoog.
|Thor Synth for iPad|
Pricewise, these two are on the higher side for iPad synths $10 - $15. Compare that to desktop plugin prices and its a pretty easy buy.
Almost lost in the shuffle with these is an incredible Organ emulator for the iPad, Yonac's Galileo. This has fantastic emulations of 60s and 70s organs of all kinds for that retro sound.
Good times indeed.