Pulse Code tells us that Modular, now available on the App Store, looks, acts, and sounds like a hardware modular synthesizer to provide features that musicians want such as pulse width modulation, oscillator sync, 4 pole ladder filters, and 1v/oct filter tracking. A spokesperson told us, "Traditional modular systems are expensive and out of reach for the average artist. Modular is here to bridge that gap and allow everyone the opportunity to use these powerful synthesizers."
Here's more details in Plulse Code's own words...
What makes modular special is the audio and visual experience you have with it. The beautifully minimal menu systems and interface, and the ultra-realistic synthesizer graphics are just the beginning. The real beauty is not what you see, but what you hear. Pristine and punchy oscillators that sound great, even at the extreme ends of the frequency spectrum. It starts with band-limited oscillators. Not just traditional methods of band-limiting, but band-limiting that enables each note you play to have the maximum number of harmonics without distorting.
Every detail of the audio has been analyzed to provide you the most amazing sound possible such as buttery smooth filter sweeps and resonance so stable you can use the filter as an oscillator!
Modular goes a step further with connectivity and supports Audiobus, Soundcloud, CoreMIDI, as well as Audio Copy so that your music making workflow is streamlined and integrated.
• High fidelity, virtual analog synthesis, using bandlimited oscillators and oversampled filters
• Audiobus and background audio modes
• CoreMIDI control with external devices or internal sequencers
• Beautifully rendered graphics
• Dynamic workspace with intuitive navigation
• Optional modules available individually or as a Module Bundle
• 10-octave keyboard with classically styled arpeggiator
• Extensive in app help with detailed module descriptions and guides
• Record and export live performance to Soundcloud, Audio Copy, email and iTunes file sharing
Modular creates sound primarily through subtractive synthesis. In subtractive synthesis, a harmonically rich sound source is modified by subtracting unwanted harmonics to make the desired sound. Source modules consist of oscillators and noise generators; Modifier modules include filters and effects; Amplifier modules change the loudness of the sound over time; envelope generators and low-frequency oscillators are used as Controller modules; and Routing modules allow users to split, combine, fade, or invert signals between modules.
Pricing and Availability:
Modules are in-app purchases at $0.99 each or $4.99 for the lot.
Nori Ubukota takes us through his instrument