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Ripplemaker: a West Coast Flavored Modular Synth

The freedom and versatility of a modular synth in a stylish mobile package.

In typical West Coast fashion the available modules, such as complex oscillator, lowpass gate, FM, mathematical utilities and slope generator, are designed for exploration and experimentation. The virtual patch cables will let you take your sound wherever you want to take it, from morphing basslines to evolving generative drones.

A modular playground
Even if you’re not familiar with modulars, wavefolders or control voltage you can dive right in, because all modules are prewired; offering a powerful monosynth without using a single cable. Then whip out the virtual cables and start patching. Ripplemaker is designed for fun - big enough to lose yourself into, yet intuitive enough to not get lost.

Standalone sequencer goodness
Sometimes you want to get away from your DAW and just play. That’s why Ripplemaker, beside being an AU plugin, also comes with a standalone sequencer app that helps you get creative. It has a random pattern generator with scale locks, a realtime probability-based mutation engine and it syncs with your other apps and hardware via Ableton Link or MIDI Clock.

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Connectivity beyond cables: obviously in a modular synth it’s all about cables. But Ripplemaker takes connectivity to the another level:
- AUv3 (Audio Unit Plugin) Extension for use in iOS DAWs
- Universal design (works on iPad 4+, iPhone 5S+, iPod Touch 6G+)
- CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI,
- Audiobus 3, including AB3 MIDI IN+OUT and State Saving
- Ableton Link
- MIDI Clock Sync
- WAV export, MIDI file export, AU preset export

What's New

Version 1.2.3

A teeny tiny minor fix related to file handling of AU Presets.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings
31 Ratings
John in MA

Unique among iOS synths, and great fun to play

Almost every iOS synth falls into the “East Coast” subtractive synth architecture pioneered by Moog. Ripplemaker stands alone as a “West Coast” synth more in line with a Buchla or Make Noise O Coast. As a consequence, the oscillator and filter are different in character and produce a unique sound. The app sounds great, has ‘normals’ — default signal routing if you choose not to patch it — and provides an enormous amount of fun. On top of that, the developer is an active member of the iOS music community, an enthusiastic user of his own and his competitors apps, always looking to improve, and very responsive to suggestions and feedback. Highly recommended!


Nice sounds. But not the modular experience I was hoping for

The sounds are nice. And the UI is easy understand. But I got the impression there was more to it than what you see in the screenshots. But nope, what you see is what you get. Those modules on the top of the pic are all you get. You can’t add or subtract other modules. This might be on me for not reading the description closely, it was late, I was in a “modular mood” and this popped up. If you are a Reaktor, or real modular user, you will be frustrated by the limitations of this app. But that is not to say you won’t get nice sounds out of it. It’s just nearly as flexible as I’d hoped it would be.

Mark Thomas Walker

Active and Responsive Developer, Great Sounds, AUv3 what more could you want!

I own every product from this developer. I am in support of developers embracing the AUv3 standard, especially when it sounds this good. Lots of consistency and simple, but powerful control options. Lots of constant updates with new features. Highly recommended.


Bram Bos
6.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018, Bram Bos


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