Aparillo is a 16-voice FM synthesizer built into an awesomely interactive interface. There’s a lot of FM around at the moment but Aparillo has cut its teeth on desktops for quite some time and so comes to the iPad with a sense of knowing exactly what it’s doing.
Aparillo for iPad
Sugar Bytes deals with the complexity of FM programming by inviting you to play with faders and immerse yourself in the Orbiter graphical synthesis controller. It sees itself as creating the life of sound, giving birth to waveforms and generally getting a bit gooey about it all. Check out this amazing trailer that’s a work of art by itself:
But basically you start with a pair of Operators and then you build in complexity and ratio modes, waveshaping, folding, formant shifting, and complex modulations. You can push the unison into deep harmonic structures filling the full 16 voices with some huge sounds.
The Orbitor takes the various components, the DNA of the sound if you will, and lets you morph it all about the place. They describe it as pulling the strings throughout the sound engine and that’s quite apt.
Modulation comes in the shape of 2 LFOs with Sample & Hold, “Gravitation” and collision modes. LFOs and envelopes can be applied to the 16 voices independently.
Finally, the FX section dishes up a multi-mode filter, auto pan, delay and a reverb. But it’s the Spacializer, a delay-based pitch resonator that brings whole new layers of interest to your creations.
There’s a lot of sonic possibilities in Aparillo and it fits nicely with the iPad form factor. There’s a whole bunch of tutorial videos that can take you through exactly what it can do. Or just download it and start playing. It’s free to check out and $17.99 to keep.