A new synthesizer heading to the iPad is always promising news, not just for iOS musicians, but for fans of synthesis on all platforms. Set to launch on June 20, Yonac KASPAR looks like it could be a great iOS alternative to “monster synthesizers” like KV331’s SynthMaster. The latter isn’t available on iOS, though there’s the free SynthMaster Player with a huge collection of presets coming from the synthesizer’s desktop version.
The available intel on KASPAR is very short, but a video is worth a thousand words. From the promo clip, we can easily tell that the synth has three wavetable oscillators to play with, but that’s not all! According to the developer, KASPAR runs up to 24 oscillators, 8 filters, 8 arpeggiators, and 2 effect buses simultaneously. Can you say “packed”?
As it comes to be expected, modulation options are in abundance as well. Like many modern synthesizers, KASPAR boasts an X/Y pad for “morphing” between effects parameters, similar in spirit to the KORG Kaoss Pad, or Logic Pro’s familiar ES2 synth. Movements on this pad can be recorded and automated, which allows for dynamic modulations not usually possible on the typical modulation routing matrix.
If that’s not enough, you can also program polyphonic aftertouch to be used with MIDI controllers, or layer multiple sounds together for multi-timbral functionality. Overall, KASPAR seems like the sort of synth that leaves few stones unturned, and takes full advantage of iOS devices’ growing processing power. iOS musicians absolutely deserve full-fledged, full-sounding synthesizers on their big and powerful iPads.
If everything goes well, KASPAR will hit the App Store on July 20, both as a standalone app and as an AUV3 plug-in for compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, and Auria. The price for the synth isn’t known yet.