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 1.6.2
- MIDI device bug fix
I own nearly all of the premium iOS synths. I get more enjoyment out of Nave than any of them. I'm not saying that it's the best. It's a resource hog. There could be more modulation routings. It's not perfectly stable. However, this wave table synth allows you to make some very animated and expressive patches that are very usable in a studio environment. When it comes to sound design, I think this is the most delightful synth app on the iOS platform. Great UI, great sound, and great value. This app has made me dream of a Waldorf hardware synth. I might buy a Blofeld soon.
Very Almost cool, 3 and 1/2 stars
Definitely not Awesome but I think it's more because of a need for more processing power, because it just seems to become sluggish and crash a bit too often. I think wave table synthesis must be hard to pull off within the constraints of a tablet, One of the developers created N Log Pro which is still one of the 10 best synths for an iOS device, so you know that he's on top of his game. The app IS cool, but if you have 20 of the best synths this is one you will not use a whole lot, if you want to play with a cool wave table synth don't hesitate on this one, but don't expect it to be your favorite synth for long.
Great but not good for your first synth.
My first review was too harsh. This is my second review. Incredible piece of German tech. Best direction manual I have ever seen for a synth. I hate the presets... All 500. And it is complicated to program. With that being said it is so cool it should be checked out. These guys are on to something amazing here and I'm glad to support their effort and look forward to their next creation. It's worth it just for the directions. Not for you if you wa