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Introducing the queuing synthesizer for iPad.

SynthQ has been designed from the ground up with the touchscreen interface in mind. SynthQ is a subtractive synthesizer with a customizable interface. A unique module queuing system, resizable multi-octave keyboard, and intuitive cable-based modulation controls offer a truly dynamic music-making experience for iOS.

Each part of the synth is separated into units called modules. Each module snaps into place along a scrollable surface above the keyboard.

Control the number of modules shown on the screen at any time. Control which modules appear for each sound.

Tap a button on the module menu to launch a module and add it to the queue.

Drag a module up and release to remove it from the queue.

Drag a module down to move it within the queue.

Add variability to your sound by connecting different modules using virtual cables.

Alter the sound with synthQ's movable keys.

SynthQ provides an intuitive and engaging way to get started creating your own sounds, and is ideal for production, performance and music education environments.

Full feature list:

—three oscillators — sine, triangle, saw, square, pulse and resonant noise waves
—three adsrs — amp, filter and modulation envelopes
—filter with lowpass, hipass, bandpass, band-reject and peak filter modes
—frequency modulation oscillator
—ring modulation oscillator
—eight modulation bays with virtual cables enable interactions between modules
—three tempo-syncable LFOs with sine, triangle, saw, reverse saw, square, random curve and random step waves
—two XY matrix pads
—XY keys module turns the keyboard's movable keys into modulation sources
—sequencer module with Ableton Link support and built-in arpeggiator mode
—vocoder using microphone or Inter-App Audio Effect input
—two FX slots with chorus, flanger, phaser, reverb, tremolo, distortion, delay and bitcrush
—analog simulation with soft clipping and random pitch wavering
—midi module with pitch bender, modwheel and velocity
—master volume control

—multi-octave resizable keyboard with 4-voice polyphonic, monophonic and legato modes
—optional "sticky keys" mode locks each key to your finger after being pressed
—when used as a modulation source, sound can be altered by moving the keys in different directions
—unique rearrangeable module queuing area defines which controls are present per preset
—fully featured preset menu system with options to share and import via e-mail or iTunes File Sharing
—import presets directly from iOS mail by tapping and holding the attachment and pressing "Open in synthQ"
—functional graphic design and layout eliminates screen switching by keeping the control modules and keyboard in constant view

—Audiobus 3 support with Inter-App Audio
—A=432Hz, A=440Hz and A=444Hz tuning modes
—44100k Hz, 32000 Hz and 22050 Hz sampling rate modes
—MIDI input and output per channel
—basic recording feature to save, play, loop, and share recordings
—import .WAV files from iTunes File Sharing for playback
—parallax motion effects

Follow @synthQ on Twitter for latest announcements and free preset packs, updated regularly! Share your presets with the developer for a chance to get them added to an official update!

What’s New

Version 1.7

- New BILL JOBS preset pack
- Keys light up with MIDI input
- controls bound to MIDI update visually
- added vocoder to MIDI learn controls
- fixed issue where individual MIDI binds could not be deleted by long-tapping

Ratings and Reviews

dataBANG ,

Great Modular Synth & Nice Update

Haven't played with Synth-Q in a while and forgot how great sounding it is—plan to play with in depth and look forward to the new update and vocoder. I anticipate greatness!

This is a quick review: Nice range of built-in presets deep leads, pads, fx, tutorial presets; the module interface is visually unique, efficient to access and pleasure to use; plenty of expressive control with multi octave keys allowing full range without scrolling keyboard; built-in documentation and hints for each module; good MIDI support; and overall great sound! Worth the money. Kudos to the Developer!

I knocked it 1 star because of a unusual launch time and weird pause when multitasking back-n-forth between apps— I assume this is a bug on the update or a strange anomaly that affects only my iPad Air (might just be me)and I'll change my review accordingly

HouseOfHomuth ,

Unique, full-featured synth

Even though a lot of the preset sounds are a bit "out there" for me, and there are some performance issues on my older iPad2, I have to give Synth-Q 5 stars for the sheer volume of options and features it offers. Full AudioBus/IAA/MIDI functionality, plus an intuitive 3-octave keyboard on-screen. The developer is already supporting the release by taking community suggestions and releasing preset pack content. This is a nice addition to the iOS synth lineup.

ZenLizard ,

Award worthy UI

This is a great synth to have in your music app arsenal. It doesn't waste your time with an outdated interface, and thanks to it's easy drag-and-drop modulation assignments and semi-modular nature, programing is more accessible to the average person, while it's depth & range will appeal to seasoned pros.

Then there is the on-screen keyboard, which is an excellent design and one of the best I've played on an iPad screen.

One thing though: I'd love to see another effects slot or two and maybe an expansion of effect types.


Chris Niven
83.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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