By Waldorf Music
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Nave - next generation Wavetable Synthesis
Nave is Waldorf’s first synthesizer App development – created by chief engineer and director Stefan Stenzel, NLog mastermind Rolf Wöhrmann and Design Guru Axel Hartmann.
The Nave sound engine includes two novel Wavetable oscillators, leaving every previous attempt in wavetable synthesis far behind. The spectrum of a sound can be transposed independently of its pitch. The waves are being rendered periodically to noisy. Especially sounds with an accent on formants can be reproduced easily, which made us integrate a speech synthesizer for the easy creation of wavetables.
The clearly structured UI invites both beginners and advanced users to experiment, and the large display of the iPad makes Wavetable creation and editing a blast. Besides Speech Synthesis, Wavetables can also be made by analysing audio files. Further stretching, rotating and shifting in spectral domain allows Wavetables to be further refined or distorted.
All factory Wavetables from Microwave, Wave and Blofeld are included, complemented by new ones that make extensive useof the enhanced possibilities.
In addition to the Wavetable Oscillators, Nave offers an oscillator module featuring the novel Überwave that can fatten your sound by up to eight detuned oscillators.
The filter offers the familiar outstanding Waldorf sound, featuring lowpass, bandpass and highpass with either 12dB or 24dB slope.
The Drive section offers different characteristics, and it can be positioned in the signal path: before or after the filter, or as a summing overdrive before or after the equalizer - for those who prefer harsh screaming sounds over delicate Wavetable sweeps.
An extended modulation matrix and diverse real time control functionality is waiting for animating Nave sounds in any desired direction.
Besides the classic virtual chromatic keyboard, Nave can be played with the “Blades” that allow for dynamic triggering of polyphonic modulation by sliding the fingers in x or y direction.
The 4-track recorder can be used to build your own Nave songs or to simply sketch your music, inspired by the sounds of Nave.
Nave Specifications per Voice:
· Two independent advanced Wavetable Oscillators
· Osc module with up to 8 oscillator Überosc with sawtooth, triangle, PWM, white or pink noise
· Two Ring Modulators
· Multimode Filter with LP,BP and HP, each either 12 dB or 24 dB
· 3 Envelopes
· 2 LFO
· 10 Modulation Matrix Entries
· Drive with adjustable curve, depth and position
· Modulation Effect with either Chorus, Flanger or Phaser
· Modulation Delay
· High Quality Reverb
· Three band parametric Equalizer
· Keyboard with adjustable size, scrolling and glissando modes
· Blades with musical scales and optional chord mode
· Polyphonic X/Y finger modulation on keyboard and blades
· Modulation Wheel and Pitch Bender
· Up to 3 X/Y Control Pads
· Four Track Recorder with clip based editing
· Core MIDI in / out support
· MIDI device manager for external hardware and virtual connections
· Sync to MIDI Clock or WIST
· MIDI Learn
· Audiobus compatible
· Background Audio
· Polyphonic Unisono
· Speech Synthesizer for Wavetables
· 3D Wavetable Editing
· Generation of Wavetables from external audio files
· BeatMaker & Sonoma Audio Copy / Paste Support
· Patch Management with unlimited user banks and categories
· Import / Export audio and sound patches from iTunes
Requires iOS 6 or later
What's New in Version 1.5
- New AudioBus 2.0 SDK
- Bug Fixes
Digital Clipping - Support hasn't Solved Yet
Update: I never heard back from Waldorf support, I was able to reproduce this distortion/clipping which makes the filter unusable. Just got a refund from Apple. I really like the sounds of this synth, obviously except for the undesirable distortion and un-usability of the main filter. Sad day.
I'm using this app on an iPad Air. I like this app but it's pretty useless when it's clipping and distorting when I enable the LP filter. Simply having the filter enabled is causing the sounds to have an unpleasant distortion. I've tried everything I can think of including turning down the volume at all gain stages, making sure the compressor is off (support said the audio sample I sent sounded like a compressor issue), and making sure I wasn't hitting the voice limit.
The only thing that causes the distortion is having the filter active, which means I can have a filter or an undistorted sound. Currently looking into requesting a refund for this app.
Nave is an absolute joy to use. I recently picked up an iPad and was going to hold off getting Nave until it was on sale to pick it up, but got it at full price because I couldn't wait any longer. Don't regret it one minute! Totally worth it at even twice the price!
Only feature I wish was implemented was a switch to turn off velocity to amplitude, rather than using one of the four mod slots to overcome this. I normally use velocity for timbre changes and not amplitude. I want to have the full mod slots available for a base patch. Either a switch for turning it on/off, or, a knob like the filter envelope velocity amount.
Modern, not a Vintage Repro
Nave is simply stunning! Innovative and extremely deep, but...
After all this time, modulation options are missing for some very obvious sources and destinations. For these reasons I am dropping it's rating to four stars.