NAMM 2014: Cakewalk Introduces iPad Synth

Z3TA+ gets ported over to iOS   27-Jan-14

NAMM 2014: Cakewalk Introduces iPad Synth

Cakewalk has announced Z3TA+ iOS for iPad. Available on the Apple App Store starting in February 2014, Z3TA+ iOS will be Cakewalk's second iOS product following the successful launch of ScratchPad for iOS. Here's what Cakewalk has to say about it...

Borrowing from the Mac/Win versions of Z3TA+ 2, Z3TA+ iOS brings an unmistakable signature sound--used globally in countless successful electronic, EDM and dance productions--to the iOS world. Redesigned to fit iOS screen-real estate optimally, Z3TA+ iOS maintains its legendary impeccable sound quality and sonic depth, while new touch control capabilities open up even more innovative waveshaping sound possibilities.

Z3ta+ iOS's intuitive sound-shaping environment is segmented into pages. The Synth Page is the heart of the synth, where sound design takes life through oscillators, filters, envelope generators and LFO parameters. The Modulation Matrix/Arpeggiator Page provides exceptional sonic versatility and composition assistance, while the Effects Page offers world-class Distortion, Modulation, EQ, Compression, Triple Delay and Reverb--all with new routing capabilities to craft the perfect sound in the iOS environment.

For creating music on the go, Z3TA+ iOS's onboard, customizable collapsible keyboard not only triggers notes, but allows shifting octaves, choosing root notes, "holding" notes, and more. Finally, a header strip completes Z3TA+ iOS's design, by providing easy access to move among pages, search presets, control master volume, and choose additional options through the program menus.


  • Over 500 on-board, expertly crafted presets
  • Support for Inter-App Audio, Background Audio, and AudioBus
  • Classic waveshaping Z3TA+2 synth engine with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFOs, Filters, and more
  • Modulation Matrix includes 16 Sources, Curves, Controls, and Destinations
  • Advanced modular effects--Distortion, Modulation, Compression, Delay, Reverb and Limiter
  • External MIDI control and user-friendly onboard Keyboard
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo and assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and User Controlled In-Key Pitch Bend
  • Designed for iPad 2 or above, iPad Air, and iPad Mini

Pricing and Availability:
Z3TA+ iOS will be available on Apple's App Store in February 2014 for $19.99.

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RP    Said...

$20 for nothing altogether unavailable to date, not sure this will be 'flying off the shelves'.

Question Sonicstaters, I've bought lots of iOS synths to date, and in reality...I just never really use my iPad for music generation. Just the odd spurt of interest. Does everyone else find the same or has anyone switched over to even using the iPad more than say their desktop or laptop for audio.

27-Jan-14 09:08 AM

loneraver    Said...

I used to use this VST all the time 8 years ago and it still sounds pretty good but I don't use it any more as I now have synths that way sound better to me. I doubt I'll pick it up for my iPad as well but if they MAJORLY updated the VST, I WOULD buy it again. (assuming that update it more than what they did with version 2)

I also agree with RP. I've bought lots of iOS synths but I never really use my iPad for much. They are neat to play with but it just doesn't work well with my workflow

27-Jan-14 10:10 AM

Peter K    Said...

Agreed. I think it's because I haven't seen an interface that really works well with it. I have the Alesis I/O Dock, but then it stopped charging the unit. Others have had the same issue. Is there a viable alternative for those of us that want to upgrade to the newer models?

27-Jan-14 05:55 PM

Poodle    Said...

Since getting an iConnectMIDI+2 I have been able to use my iPad synths as plug-ins within Reason.

28-Jan-14 06:52 AM

Velocipede    Said...

I'm interested for nostalgia's sake as it was one of the "hot" plug-in synths not on Mac back when I first started buying them. Frankly, I have a stable of wonderful underutilized VST/AU synths and a small collection of iOS synths that get slightly more use. I've been waiting for the iConnectMIDI+4 and look forward to being able to use various MIDI controllers with iOS synths. This will certainly be added to my short list of synths to buy when I ever get tired of what I already have.

29-Jan-14 11:54 PM

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