IK Multimedia released their huge synthesizer library software onto the desktop in July for €149. Now, Syntronik has passed through the unfathomable iOS pricing distortion field and has arrived on the iPad for the ridiculous price of free.
Syntronik for iPad
Well, it’s not all free. The free app contains 25 instrument sounds from 17 legendary synthesizers which you can play with to your heart’s content. If you’d like access to the whole roster of 37 synthesizers, 1200 presets, 200 4-layer multis and 36 effects that you’ll have to scrape together a pocket busting $39.99. That’s over $100 less than the desktop version. According to the video the two versions are identical – sometimes it really sucks to be using software on proper computers.
Syntronik for iPad looks the same and sounds the same and has a wonderfully touchable interface. They’ve honed it to ensure that it makes sense in a touch environment. I imagine there’s going to be a lot of fun building multis. The 17 instruments include models based upon Moog, PPG, ARP, Juno, Jupiter, SEM, Oberheim, Andromeda, Prophet, CS-80 and a TB-303. They are all multi-sampled down to a molecular level and have “Drift” technology which helps the subtle mangling of oscillators and components for even more realism.
Syntronik is an extraordinary bundle of synthesizers that no one should be without. And regardless about how much IK Multimedia’s pricing policy annoys me I’m going to dig out my iPad and have a go.