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The Electro-Harmonix Mini Synthesizer Brings a Classic to the iPad

Way back in the 80s I owned an Electro-Harmonix Mini Synthesizer. A small battery-powered analog beast with a membrane keyboard and internal speaker, I used it to frighten both neighbors and pets with my shrill hammer-on technique. It featured a unique sound possessing a strong bite. Needless to say, the synth simply disappeared somewhere along […]

BLEASS Purveys Quality iOS Effects Apps and More

BLEASS is a French iOS music app maker. Their line mostly features effects that support the AUv3 plugin format. The company also offers BLEASS groovebox, a fun drum machine app worth checking out. Their wares support iPad, iPod Touch, and the iPhone provided you are running iOS 9.0 or later. We recently spent some time […]

Synclavier Go! Fits $200,000 of 80s Synth Power into the iPad

The Synclavier enjoys a status as one of the first synthesizer computer workstations; appearing on too many popular 80s releases to mention. The price for this digital behemoth ran anywhere from $25,000 to $200,000, depending on the configuration. Frank Zappa, Trevor Horn, Eddie Jobson, Tony Banks and so many others used the Synclavier as a […]

This Fred Anton Corvest iOS Effects App Bundle is a Must

As more iOS music apps support the AUv3 plugin standard, I find myself turning again to the mobile platform for my beatmaking needs. Fred Anton Corvest is an indie app developer with a small family of effects apps supporting AUv3. They are a must-get for anyone doing serious music production on their iPad. Each effect […]

String Studio VS-3 is a Powerful Physical Modeling Synth

Applied Acoustics Systems continues to be one of the leading lights when it comes to physical modeled synthesizer and effects plugins. We previously covered their Objeq Delay and Objeq effects: the former for the desktop and the latter on the iOS platform. They are both able to transform basic sounds into something otherworldly, as evidenced […]

The Volca Modular Highlights Our Virtual Look at NAMM 2019

Without a travel budget, a trip to the NAMM show is more of a dream than a reality here at TabMuse. Nonetheless, every year we wait with baited breath to see what fresh music technology announcements inspire us. These inspirations naturally occur within the synth realm, and unfortunately many synthesizer makers chose to not attend […]

XILS 4 Brings Tim Blake’s Crystal Machine Synth to Your Desktop

The folks at XILS-lab continue to amaze with realistic synth plugins emulating classics from those halcyon days of analog yore. We previously reviewed their PolyM, a great take on the Polymoog. This time out, our eyes and ears are trained on XILS-4, inspired by the setup of Tim Blake, legendary synth-master of those psychedelic spacerock […]

Ruismaker Noir Breaks New Ground in iOS Beatmaking

Bram Bos has done it again. Known for an ever expanding line of iOS music apps, his latest joint, Ruismaker Noir, takes iOS beatmaking in a new direction. An intuitive and innovative user interface combines with great sonics to reward experimentation, all while giving your beats a modern sheen. Ruismaker Noir Features A Hybrid of […]