Geo Synthesizer is a musical instrument and MIDI controller. Originally a collaboration of Wizdom Music's Jordan Rudess and Kevin Chartier (MorphWiz, SampleWiz) and Rob Fielding (Mugician), Geo Synthesizer is an incredibly expressive musical instrument specifically created for a multitouch surface. Jordan is now working with Roli-Labs, creators of the amazing Seaboard instrument on an exciting future for Geo Synthesizer and it's users!
A comprehensive Geo Synthesizer manual is available at: http://www.wizdommusic.com/GeoSynth/manual.html
Jordan says: "Since touching a preliminary piano keyboard on an iPhone screen and realizing the amazing potential for musical expression on a multitouch device, I have been inspired to create next-generation musical instruments for iOS. Geo Synthesizer is a dream come true in many ways. It is the fastest truly playable iOS instrument that I have put my hands on to date. I can fly through the range of an instrument while expanding on the kind of advanced pitch control we introduced in MorphWiz. As someone who grew up with synthesizers, I can tell you that pitch bending has never been this good!
"Geo features many of my custom sounds and in addition, Geo is also a MIDI controller, so you can use it with any external midi instrument or virtual MIDI. Virtual MIDI allows you to control an app running in the background on the same device! Geo Synthesizer also now features AudioBus, a technology that allows one to interconnect audio apps in exciting new ways! A great feature of Geo is that internally and externally we send independent voices on each note played, so as an example, you can pitch bend one note and not the other, or add unique expression on every note! I can't wait to see the YouTube videos of all of you guys rocking out with Geo Synthesizer!!!"
- ability to load waveforms from SampleWiz presets
- octave rounding for effortless soloing over large ranges
- whammy slider with absolute and relative modes
- 12ET, 24ET, 53ET, and 665ET temperament options
- mono, string, and full-polyphony modes
- tuning and transposition controls
- snap speed control to affect how quickly the instrument pulls notes in tune
- playing surface options for number of rows and columns on screen
- octave and fifth harmonics synthesis options to rich, organ-like sounds
- gain control to add distortion to the sound
- FM and touch FM controls for timbal variation
- mono out for use with guitar amps
- sine, sawtooth, square, and custom (SampleWiz) wave options
- attack and release controls
- synthesis body control
- lowpass filter with resonance
- stereo delay
- MIDI output with polyphonic note bending and multiple configuration options to allow compatibility with a wide range of hardware and software synthesizers
- performance menu lets you make your own custom menu so all the controls you need are always right at your fingertips
- 40 presets carefully selected by Jordan Rudess, including patches from Jordan's personal sound library
- audio fixes for devices with 48kHz native sampling rate
- AudioBus updates for iOS 9
- reworked menu and playing surface text
Ratings and Reviews
Wow, what an incredible app, the on board sounds are amazing, the ability to load any sound in from sample wiz expands on this to give you endless fun, the ability to MIDI out is fantastic, and the best thing of all, the layout is revolutionary, your able to clearly see all of the notes in the current scale, and use notes from outside the scale with ease. Octave auto takes lead playing to a new level of awesome. I can't fault it at all, though I would suggest an assignable magic slider in there like in Morphwiz, to add FM or volume swells.
Its great to have audiobus support back again! One other flaw that ive noticed though, is that the samplewiz to Geo function isnt working :(
I hate using 'awesome' to describe apps, but for this one there is no other word. Controls other apps on you iPad (works a treat with NLogPro) and as a midi controller for NI Kontakt / Kore on the PC it will take some beating. If you have used and liked Sound Prism Pro this will take things to the next degree. Can't wait to see what other apps it will work with !!
If you get this and NLogPro it will help you while away many a cold winters evening. If you are lucky enough to own any of the Native Instruments kit you may never leave the house again !!
A great and highly playable instrument
This is my favourite app for creating melodies on IOS, I use it as a midi controller to drive other synths and the way it is laid out makes it a joy to play. The interface makes full use of the touch screen and allows for a lot of expression, but without straying too far from the paradigm of real instruments - if you can play the guitar even a little you will be right at home.
The only al weakness is the flaky Audiobus compatibility, but as a virtual midi controller to drive Sunrizer, Animoog, or Alchemy it really is great.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.