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SynthPad is an instrument inspired by the interface of the Korg Kaossilator family of devices. Instead relying on piano keys to register notes, SynthPad uses a dedicated touch surface to control the sounds. Additionally the Y-Axis on the touch surface can be used to control different parameters, like filter cutoff and LFO values, making it an extremely expressive little toy.

Its sound engine is a fully programmable monophonic virtual analog synthesizer. Among its parameters one can find:
- 2 oscillators with different wave shapes
- Fine tuning of the second oscillator
- Volume Envelope
- LFO modulation
- A Low-Pass filter
- Filter Envelope
- Arpeggio

Additionally, the scale and the key on the touch surface can also be configured, making this instrument ideal for live improvisation.

It is possible to save patches after you have modified them by following these steps:
- Modify a patch parameter
- Notice that the bank letter for that patch turns red
- Touch the red bank letter to save the modification
- Your patch has now been saved. (Notice the red status on the bank letter is gone)

The looper is just a special setting on the DELAY feature. To activate it, do the following:
- Go to the delay settings page
- Turn the DELAY ON
- Set the TIME to 100%
- Set the FEEDBACK to about 75%
- Set the MIX to about 75%

What's New in Version 1.1

- Added a delay/looper effect
- Fixed bug when setting the key
- Other minor bugfixes

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Customer Reviews

A lot of fun!

I got this the other day and have had a lot of fun playing with it. It's been very easy to figure out and has a nice range of sounds. I like the arpeggiator, and I really have had fun with the delay settings. I haven't had a chance to play with it along with some music, but since you can choose which key to play in, I think it can be well used to add some nice atmospheric background noise. It would be nice if there were some way to save your settings, and even better if there was a real looping feature that would keep playing. The interface is really easy to use, and it's easy to play and very responsive, and so far, pretty stable.

Fun synth app!

I've been using this app for a little over a month and I really like it. I sent the developer some feedback and he added the feature within a week. Great response time :)
The interface is really easy to mess around with, so it's great for figuring out what different parts of a synth do. The looping feature is nice. Another great feature is how moving your finger vertically can change the way notes are played or what level of modulation they have.


Everyone who says they want their money back is dumb and didn't read the app instructions which clearly tells you how to save settings and use the delay feature. It also DOES NOT say that this is akin to the korg kaoss pad. It just says it has a similar pitch interface (no piano keyboard).

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  • $1.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 0.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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