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DesignByPaul S-Modular

DesignByPaul S-Modular  ·  Source: DesignByPaul

App developer DesignByPaul has released a fruity looking modular synthesizer for iPad called S-Modular. He calls it “semi-modular” but I’m not entirely sure why. That would suggest that some connections have been made for you but the signal path and modulation look pretty open to me.

S-Modular

Maybe the fact that it’s automatically wired into the audio outputs makes it a semi? Anyhow, it’s a single page, one screen app with just enough modules to get you patching something interesting. There are two oscillators, two filters, two LFOs, two envelopes, a 4 step sequencer, 4 track mixer, delay and an audio/CV splitter. Essentially it’s a lunchbox of modular goodness.

It’s designed to make patching as simple as possible. Just drag from one socket to another to make a connection. You can change wire colour with a tap.

On closer inspection, I’ve noticed that there’s no VCA and so nowhere to apply the envelope. This must be where the semi-modular side comes into play. It says the envelopes are triggered via the sequencer, but there’s no patch connection for that, so I imagine all the envelope sound shaping is hardwired behind the scenes. That will explain the semi-modular description.

It looks great, has a decent sound coming out of it and is a great way to start playing with the concepts of modular synths for only $3.99. It’s not available as an AU plug-in yet but can work with Audiobus 3 and IAA (Inter-App-Audio)

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