A Synthesizer App That Is Like Daft Punk In Your Pocket

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Budding musicians out there in the Cult of Macosphere may be interested to check out new app, Caustic, which promises to offer an impressive rack-mount synthesizer for iOS, featuring a total of 14 different machines and multiple effects.

Costing $9.99, Caustic boasts the following machines under the “bang for your buck” heading:

  • Subsynth – Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
  • PCMSynth – Multi-sample wave synthesizer
  • BassLine – 303-like monosynth
  • BeatBox – 8-channel sampling drum machine
  • PadSynth – Harmonic table pad synthesizer
  • 8BitSynth – 8bit equation solver synthesizer
  • Modular – Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
  • Organ – Tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
  • Vocoder – 8-band harmonic vocoder
  • FMSynth – DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer

There are also 16 different types of effects, with two effects per machine addable using the application. That’s without mentioning the “Mixer Desk” for advanced options (which we guess we just mentioned), as well as the song sequencer.

Files can be exported as WAVs for use in other third-party applications, while a comprehensive in-app “Help” section provides tutorial videos for those struggling to release their inner musical genius.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Apple Revolution, published by Random House, and is currently writing a book about algorithms for Random House/Penguin to be published in 2014. He also covers the digital humanities for Fast Company. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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