Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
By Propellerhead Software AB
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Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips.
“A truly must-have synth for iPad users of all skill levels” – Keyboard Magazine
"A Synth-Geek’s Dream Synth” - Synthtopia
“A game changing synthesizer for the iPad” - Dubspot
"Thor sounds just as good as its bigger sibling, and its ability to share patches makes it a fantastic tool for portable sound design.” - MusicRadar
Reason's legendary flagship synth delivers a thunderous sound, god-like sound sculpting capabilities and an innovative, lighting-fast keyboard designed for iPad. Thor is a synthesis playground, a flexible sonic workhorse, but above all, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad.
• Play Reason's Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on the iPad.
• Load any of the 1000+ expertly crafted synth patches, or create your own from scratch.
• Create your sounds using a palette of multiple oscillator and filter types.
• Play Thor using an expressive touch interface keyboard with aftertouch and strumming.
• Collapse the keyboard to a key and scale of your choice, just like in Figure.
• Move your favourite patches from the iPad to your computer and use them with Thor in Reason
Thor sounds like no synthesizer you've ever heard before - and every single one of them. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilizes synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.
On the iPad, Thor comes with a specially designed interface that's optimized for touch control and the iPad screen. Cleverly designed panels expand and fold at the touch of a button to hide or reveal oscillators, filters, envelopes and more.
The app is divided into three main screens: Keyboard, Knobs and Routing.
Keyboard mode features:
• Piano keyboard with transpose and range control
• Modulation and pitch bend controls
• Assist function lets you select key and scale to highlight chord notes or to collapse the keyboard to only show the chord notes of the selected scale.
• Strum function lets you play arpeggios by holding a chord while strumming across the strum control.
• Two assignable knobs and buttons acts like performance controls
• Settings for polyphony and portamento
Knobs mode features:
• Access to all of Thor's synthesis features
• Three oscillator slots for Thor's six oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, FM Pair, PhaseMod, Multi Osc and Noise
• Three filter slots for for Thor's four filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb and Formant
• Three envelopes
• Dual LFOs
• Delay and Chorus
• The Knobs screen is divided into panels that expand and collapse at the touch of a button
• Miniature keyboard to audition your sounds as you are working on them
• Comprehensive but easy to use routing matrix lets you create complex modulation and signal flow setups
• Step sequencer with 16-steps and six channels: Note, Velocity, Gate length, Step duration, Curve 1, Curve 2
General App features:
• Patch compatible with Thor in Reason on your computer
• Move patches to and from your iPad using iTunes
• Sound bank with more than 1000 Thor patches from leading artists & sound designers (Kill the Noise, Richard Devine, Chris Petti and many more)
• Gorgeous retina display interface
• MIDI in - play Thor from an external MIDI source or from another app on the same iPad
• Audiobus compatible - stream audio from Thor to another audio app on the same iPad
• Audio in background option lets Thor keep playing in the background when working with other apps.
Note: We recommend using Thor for iPad with iPad 2 or later. Requires iOS 7.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
• Fixes Audiobus and Inter-App Audio issues
What's with the sliders? Poor User interface
Let me first say, with all due respect to the developers of this monster synth...., who was the genius that decided to implement a UI slider to adjust the tempo? I mean, really? It is an unnecessary pain in the rear to get exactly the tempo desired because of someone's silly decision to use a slider with out the option for direct input. This is a ridiculous oversight and means the difference between a professional or amateur design interface. Developers of this app, loose the sliders or at least update to allow direct input by tapping on the number desired to change. The conventional way of implementing this kind of UI is to use incremental buttons (or of course, direct input). Other than the stupid enough to to be considered "doopid" design choices for UI, the sounds you can Create with this synth are unbeatable.
Great synth, but...
Thor is sonically one of the best synths on iOS : it has a warmer, richer sound than a lot of the other ipad synths out there.
BUT, what could be a five star app is made useless because of tempo/clock issues; Thor does not output at the correct BPM if you run the sequencer, thus making it impossible to sync up with any other apps or recordings. Even if you control Thor with external midi, the arpeggiator still has the same problem of fluctuating BPM.
I recorded a 120 BPM arpeggio four times in a row into Auria, and each time it was different, ranging from between 116 and 123 BPM. This is with all other apps closed. Other synth apps, including Figure, do not have this problem. Thor has had a known tempo problem since it first came out, the developers have had years now to fix it, and they haven't. So unless the only thing you plan on doing with this synth is playing it live and recording real time, don't purchase it.
Propellerheads is an established company, and I've used a lot of their products over the years, and I can't believe they've let such a major flaw exist for so long. I've got to say this is one app where I really feel cheated.
Just got this last week and it's fantastic. As a non-reason user, this is a great introduction to Propellerhead as Thor is extremely versatile. This is already in my top 3 synths for the iPad, along with Sunrizer and Arturia's port of the mini moog.
Some things that can still be improved on is the display of values when turning knobs. It would be so much more user-friendly if the value would appear to the side of the selected knob instead of above or below as your fingers are usually in the way.
Propellerhead: please consider porting the Scream4 distortion unit to the iPad!
- Category: Music
- Updated: Sep 26, 2014
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 49.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Propellerhead Software AB
- © Propellerhead Software AB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.