Waveshaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping, it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.
These simple method creates an astonishing variety of sounds which are very unique and can't be reproduced by any other contemporary synth!
microTERA gives you also a method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice! Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised…
• Wavehaper with user programmable shape
• Spectral shape specification
• Three sine oscillators
• Feedback input for noise components
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Envelopes with tempo sync
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with 16 voices.
• Over 150 factory sounds
• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Can trigger single notes and chords.
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible.
• For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order
• Distortion (Tape/Tube/...)
• Audiobus compatible (Input slot) with state saving
• Support for Ableton Link.
• Inter App Audio compatible.
• CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI
• Audio recorder with Metronome.
• Upload to SoundCloud and File Export.
• Audio pasteboard.
- AUv3 AudioUnit with parameter automation (requires iOS10)
- Audiobus 3 support
Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful sounds and easy on older devices
I'm just a big a fan of VirSyn's programs (which probably means I'll own Cube Synth at some poitn to complete my "trilogy" with this one and Addictive Synth). The flat graphics and non-sexy (even dated, perhaps) interface belies a very deep and rich sounding synthesizer app with a TON of features. It has AudioBus and is one of the few apps I can reliably use with IAA. It has MIDI capability, and that was expanded with this version 1.1 update.
microTERA (and the other VirSyn) apps seem to work great without demanding a large file size or heavy CPU usage. The default presets include 45 leads, 30 basses, and so on, and they sound great. The "dice" button, however, creates a randomized sound, which you can tweak further or save as a preset if you really like it. It's really quite a bit of fun, even if you have no clue what you are doing.
Some of my favorite VirSyn features are here, including the ability to set up the keyboard so it only has notes of a particular scale/mode (go to the "ENV" menu). I also really like the effects panel, which allows you to add just a little bit of grit, saturation, or ambience to your base sound. This is a very good synthesizer.
A Taste of TERA
VirSyn created TERA for the computer ten plus years ago. microTERA is a small part, a really great implementation, but small none the less. Well worth it's price and the synth that ties many of VirSyn's other engines together mT does excellent virtual analog with features not found in most other VA synths.
If TERA could be adapted to the iOS platform one would hope VirSyn would consider doing the complete semi-modular engine found in TERA.
It was an incredibly flexible synth back then and in an era of newer, so called more powerful engines with a few exceptions such as Zebra 2 which has similar features with a different design that offered unique features in its own right.
This is the best place to start if you haven't purchased a VirSyn product. This iteration of the most basic of TERA's features, maybe a sixth of engines is still feature rich. Then check out CUBE, my favorite additive synthesis engine and another generous port from their computer product.
There is a reason Cubase continues their relationship with VirSyn. Find out with this very flexible synth and it's additive cousin, CUBE.
Almost perfect with one big fault
This is probably one of my favorite sounding synths. The sounds are just amazingly thick and rich compared to all the others I've tried. It also has a pretty nice arpeggiator/sequencer. Too bad all that power is almost a waste, as there is no midi out. I would consider buying (and rating higher) their other apps if it weren't for this one major shortcoming. Perhaps one day I'll wake my iPad to an update adding this functionality, and then this will be app i can can take seriously. Until then, this will sit in the folder of 'novelty' music apps on my iPad.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.