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iSEM is compatible with iPad 2 and later, iPad with Retina Display and iPad mini.
Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7), AudioBus, Korg’s WIST and Apple’s CoreMIDI are all supported.
iSEM is a recreation of the classic 1974 Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), one of the world's first self-contained synthesizer modules and the first to bear the "Oberheim Electronics" name.
The Oberheim SEM was made famous by artists and bands such as Lyle Mays, Jan Hammer, Joseph Zawinul, Supertramp, 808 State, Vince Clarke and Depeche Mode.
Based on the TAE® technology found in our Oberheim SEM V software, iSEM brings back the sound and special characteristics of this iconic synth in an sonically accurate and expanded touch-based emulation.
What you can do with the iSEM?
The iSEM is a powerful instrument capable of producing a wide range of warm analog sounds.
Reproducing the unique SEM architecture, with its oscillator sync, characteristic filter shape and specific envelope response, the iSEM is able to generate the fat basses that have made the Oberheim brand so popular. Thanks to its simple and clever PW and pitch modulations, it is also very easy to produce moving and lively leads.
Its remarkable 12 dB/oct multimode filter is a real blast from the past, becoming an awesome weapon in the context of current electronic music. This unique module can instantly tailor your sound to fat, crisp, or spectral textures with access to all the nuances in between…
iSEM comes with over 500 sounds that you can browse through and play. You can also easily create your own sounds with the easy to use interface.
Play iSEM's numerous sounds from the iPad keyboard or control iSEM from a MIDI keyboard or other app via CoreMIDI and integrate it into your studio or live performance.
If you are an owner of of the Arturia SEM V software on your Mac or PC, you can even import and export sounds between your laptop or desktop SEM V and iSEM.
All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM: two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators.
Added functionalities: New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, Arpeggiator, Portamento.
8 Voice Programmer module allows each voice to have different settings
HOLD and CHORD modes.
Virtual Analog Chorus.
Virtual Analog Delay.
Full user MIDI mapping of panel controls.
Supports WIST sync to other iOS devices.
Supports AudioBus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7).
The Oberheim™ name used here is a trademark of the Gibson Guitar Corp. The trademark is used by license to Arturia.
What's New in Version 1.0.4
- Bug Fixes
Beautiful sounds, tough to integrate
As a fan of old synths, I recently bought both the iSEM and the iMini for my iPad2 (updated with iOS8). As others have reported, there are some issues, most related to MIDI, with these Arturia apps on iOS8. With iSEM especially, sometimes I can connect to external devices or other apps (like SoundPrism), sometimes I can’t, sometimes only some functions connect. There, that’s the “bad” out of the way, and 1-star off. But I am absolutely blown away by the sounds, the user interface and the overall experience. There are so many sound patches in here, and so many that, when you press a key, you may go “Oh, WOW, I know that sound!” I will find a way to add this into my GarageBand workflow. And I wanted to leave a fair and high rating for these apps to encourage others to try them, and to encourage the developers to continue to update for iOS8. These are the kind of apps that make me want to rush out and get an iPad Air in order to get even better performance from them, and to keep developing my own amateur music chops. Well done, Arturia!
awesome sounding synth app that comes with a ton of useful presets right out of the box. Only a couple issues with the app. When using the app with an iRig controller, sometimes the keyboard modulation wheel will just stop working....works for awhile then stops working. Also, sometimes you can't switch to the higher octaves with the controller and occasionally the program will just close on my ipad for no reason at all. Other than those few issues this is definitely a 5 star synth app....probably my favorite one so far.
Good sounds but import is broken
This has good sounds, and is probably a good choice if you don't plan on importing the presets from the desktop version. In my case I really wanted to use my commercial banks, and iSem will import the preset names but won't play any of them.
Unfortunately this is another case of poor developer support, because I wrote an email reporting the issue on an older version and got no answer. The issue is still present, making the app useless to me.