A Venerable Chord Organ is yours with iOptigan for the iPad

The Optigan brought the chord organ concept into homes in the early 70s. Backing patterns, recorded in a variety of genres onto optical discs, were part of the allure of this early sample playback instrument. Now you can enjoy those halcyon days of yore on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, as the Optigan is […]

GridInstrument controls your iOS Music Apps – Synth News Digest 12

The touchscreen on any iOS mobile device opens up a world of possibilities for controlling synths or other music apps. We previously covered Aftertouch, an app that takes advantage of 3D Touch on newer iPhones for additional control options. This time out, we train our eye on GridInstrument, which eschews the traditional piano-style keyboard in […]

Zeeon – a State of the Art Synthesizer App for the iPad

If you are searching for a leading edge iOS virtual analog synth that also works as AU plugin, look no further than Zeeon. The latest release from BeepStreet, purveyors of another excellent iOS synth, Sunrizer, and the very cool drum synth, Impaktor, this is a high quality music app that immediately rises to the top […]

Explore Deep Sonic Vistas with SynthScaper for iOS

If you are searching for an iPad music app suitable for creating rich and unique ambient drones look no further than SynthScaper. An innovative user interface combines with top notch sound quality to make the creation of these sonic atmospheres rewarding and fun. In addition to the spaced-out ambience, this app also offers somewhat traditional […]

Ripplemaker brings West Coast Modular Synthesis to iOS

Ripplemaker is the latest iOS music app from Ruismaker and developer, Bram Bos. Essentially a semi-modular synthesizer focused on West Coast techniques, consider Ripplemaker to be the tablet-based cousin of Make Noise’s excellent 0-Coast desktop synth. Suitable for the creation of drones and other sonic atmospheres of doom, this is another excellent product worthy of […]

A Love Letter to the Korg iMS-20

Somewhat surprising to me, after finally getting a new iPad to replace an “ancient too soon” iPad 2, I found myself using the first iOS synth app I ever purchased more than the rest of my iOS music app collection – old or new. Simply put, the Korg iMS-20 simply serves my current musical needs […]

Korg Gadget, Stroke Machine, and Thor all get Important iOS Updates

In the past two weeks, three of the leading iOS music apps received vital updates that significantly enhance their functionality. If you want to learn more about Korg Gadget, Stroke Machine, and Thor, check out our previous articles here at TabMuse. Read on further to get the latest news about these updates. Korg Gadget adds […]

Audulus brings the Modular Synth World to the iPad

iOS musicians interested in exploring modular synthesis on their iPad or iPhone need to check out the excellent app, Audulus. Featuring a clean, state-of-the-art user interface and great sound, Audulus does a nice job of scratching that sound design itch when a desktop or laptop computer running Reaktor isn’t available. A Mac OS X version […]

The iVCS3 raises the Bar for iPad Hardware Emulation

The EMS VCS3 — with other models known as the Synthi or Putney — is a legendary analog synthesizer from the Golden Age. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” from Dark Side of the Moon famously uses the VCS3, and that same synth arpeggiation now serves as the “Hello World” application for many current analog beatboxes, […]

Korg Gadget — Reviewing the Synths, Part 2

So we’ve reviewed Korg’s powerful Gadget iOS beatmaking app; we covered its drum modules, and the first half of its synth collection. Naturally, what follows is a look at the other six synth modules of Gadget. Expect these Gadgets to be useful for creating a wide range of electronic and esoteric music. Wolfsburg offers a […]