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Our Top 5 Synthesizer Apps of 2021

The iPad has become a truly remarkable piece of technology since it’s launch in 2010. The exponential growth of its processing power enabled music producers to use it as a main instrument in their setups.

One of the main uses of the iPad is as a digital synthesizer. With a huge number of synthesizer apps available on the App Store, some official recreations of classic analog gear, while others are brand new altogether, it has provided musicians an producers a lot of sonic options for their productions.

For 2021, here’s what we think are the best synthesizer apps for the iPad.


1. Waldorf Nave - This wavetable synth from the company that pioneered wavetable synthesis is a true gem. It sounds marvelous and the synthesis options are quite endless. This is truly a dessert island virtual synth.



2. Moog Animoog - While Moog is known for its classic analog synths like the Model D, their first foray into synths apps is one of the greatest gifts ever handed to musicians. Animoog is free to download and it contains some of the best sounds you will ever hear in a synth, hardware or software.



3. Korg M1 - For those producers who cling to classic sounds of the past, the M1 will not disappoint. You want the ethereal sounds of the “universe” preset or the toy-sounding “Piano 16” that became a legendary patch for 90s house music? They are all here, faithfully recreated from the ground up. Even the look and the controls of this iPad synth takes you back to a time when patches are loaded in ROMs.



4. TAL-Uno-LX for iPad - This is a faithful but unofficial recreation of the legendary Roland Juno 60 that is pretty much on all the songs released in the 80s. The sounds are so spot on, Roland succumbed to pressure and recently introduced the Juno 60 plug-in on Roland Cloud, which is expensive. So if you want that smooth Juno 60 sound for less than $10, Tal-Uno LX for iPad is you best option.



5. Oberheim SEM by Arturia - One of the most talked about synth sounds in history is that big brassy patch that Eddie Van Halen used in the hit song “Jump.” That path is from the thick and warm analog sound engine of an Oberheim OBX-A, which is not available on the iPad. It’s older cousin, however, is. So if you want to nail that sound, the SEM is the closest thing to heaven.


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