Mitosynth

Synthesis without the spaghetti

A powerful hybrid synthesiser with a magical interface. You’re holding in your hands a miracle of touch-screen technology, why limit it to the switches and dials of decades-old hardware?

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Making A Noise

At the heart of Mitosynth is the Wavechamber. This is like a big vat where you pour in audio and mix it up. You can feed into it from the on-board additive synthesiser, you can record new samples right within Mitosynth, use any of the waveforms supplied with the app, paint your own single-cycle waveforms to add to the mix, or import audio from other apps using standard tools like AudioShare, and AudioPaste. Mitosynth also supports importing audio from other apps using Drag and Drop.footnote 1

You can also use the prefilter, which syphons off sound from the Wavechamber, applies an effect to it, then pours it back in for further mixing. In total a patch can have 32 pieces of audio in the Wavechamber. Each one can be mono or stereo, single-shot or looped.

Each voice has its own Wavechamber — the audio in the chamber is the same for all, but the blending can be different for each one. The results are then modulated (again, per voice) with your choice of modulation mode, and only then are the voices mixed together and sent through the subtractive-style, programmable global FX chain.

The FX chain lets you install the effects you want (multiple times, if you like) in any order. Just tap “add fx” and pick one out. Simple! The chain ends with a high-quality reverb unit for giving your audio that sense of vast space (of course, you can bypass it if that’s not your thing).

This is a powerful audio engine that you can easily tailor to your needs. But it’s only one half of the picture.

Turning It Up To 11

You can’t deny that some of the synths of years gone by had amazing, warm sound. But there’s also no reason why old-school sound needs old-school controls. Dials can be convenient. Mitosynth has dials. But when you need sophistication, you can tap almost any dial in Mitosynth and flip it out for an automation graph: linear changes, LFOs, 5-stage DADSR envelopes, an extremely sophisticated noise generator, and BPM sync too.

Did I mention? The LFOs, envelopes, and noise all have dials… and many of those can be flipped and automated with more LFOs, envelopes and noise. And yes, you can dive to deeper levels. LFOception!

And the flexible FX chain means no messing around with complicated routing tables or stringing cables around until your screen looks like a plate of pasta.

Powerful like a modular synth. Clean and straightforward like a modern iOS app.

Bullet (List) Time

Everyone loves bullet lists, right? :)

Highlights:

  • Almost any dial in the system can be controlled by MIDI CC, velocity, XY pad, or sophisticated LFO, noise and envelope generators.
  • The noise generator alone probably deserves a special mention, allowing for both dramatic and subtle effects from light audio grunge to tape wobble to trickling liquids.
  • Feed your audio with wavetables, samples, additive synthesis, prefilter, or single-cycle painted waveforms.
  • Voice modulation: AM, PWM, Phase Mangulation, and Supercharger unison mode.
  • A dozen effects units, including filters, crushers, warm fuzz, phaser, tube resonance and chorus. Install up to four in any order — plus a high-quality reverb to round things off.
  • Performance mode featuring XY Pads and fast access to your favourite patches.

Also featuring:

  • Customisable keyboard: key size, scale (blues, pentatonic etc), and either regular piano keys or expressive “ribbon” controllers supporting individual velocity control.
  • Polyphonic pitch glide, as well as standard hardware keyboard-style mono glide, allows you to glide entire chords, or individual notes within chords.
  • Normal, Toggle or Latch sustain modes. Supports MIDI sustain pedal.
  • Single-shot or looped audio sources, and non-destructive loop softening to make click-free loops out of found audio.
  • Install the same effect multiple times with different settings if you want.
  • Built-in performance recording.

Making life easier:

  • Copy and paste control values from dial to dial — including complex automation.
  • Quickly search your patch and audio libraries for a word or phrase, or tag them for quick access.
  • Easy tap-and-twist MIDI CC learning, and tap-to-tune imported audio.
  • Comprehensive manual built in to the app, or available for download, for printing or reading on another device.
  • On iPad, supports landscape or portrait for all modes and features. On iPhone, hold in landscape for full-size keyboard and performance controls, hold in portrait for patch editing, library and settings.

Fitting in with others:

  • Background audio to play alongside other apps.
  • Compatible with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio: stream your Mitosynth audio to other apps.
  • Use AudioCopy, AudioShare, Dropbox or iTunes File Sharing to share your recorded performances, and get sampled audio in and out of the app.
  • Core MIDI and Virtual MIDI for controlling Mitosynth from hardware or other apps. You can also link velocity and MIDI CC to individual synth controls.
  • Easily share your patches with friends. Shared patch files automatically include any additional audio they require.
  • Drag and Drop audio and patches between Mitosynth and other apps.footnote 1

1. Drag and Drop requires iOS 11 or later. Apple currently only allows Drag and Drop between apps on iPad.