Electro-Harmonix’s new Mini Synthesizer app

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Popular guitar pedal manufacturers Electro-Harmonix have come out with a new fully fleshed out synthesizer for iPad and iPhone.

Since 1968 Electro-Harmonix have been pioneers in the world of instruments and effects in music. Keeping with the times Electro-Harmonix are releasing a digital version of their cult-classic 1980 analog synth as an app for mobile devices.

The Mini-Synthesizer app comes with 22 presets and the ability to store an almost unlimited number of user preset programs. The easy-to-use Electro-Harmonix Mini Synthesizer app is loaded with great sounds and features and is sure to appeal to serious musicians and non-musicians alike.

Electro-Harmonix president and founder, Mike Matthews said: “Fans of vintage synths will appreciate the app’s ability to re-create the original’s warm analog sounds and deep funky bass. But because it’s so affordable and user friendly, parents, educators, and non-musicians will love it too.”

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Here’s what’s included in the Mini Synthesizer’s interface:

OSC Section

  • PITCH slider lets the player raise or lower the pitch of the note by +/-1 octave
  • SUB-OCTAVE slider introduces a note one octave below what’s being played for extra bottom
  • OCTAVE UP switch causes the note being played to jump up one octave
  • TUNE knob lets the player tune the Mini Synthesizer to other instruments and sound sources over a +/-50 cents range

FILTERS Section

  • PHASE RATE slider adjusts the speed of the phase shifter
  • FILTER START sets the start frequency of the filter sweep
  • FILTER STOP sets the stop frequency of the filter sweep
  • SWEEP RATE controls the speed of the filter sweep
  • PHASE switch turns the effect on/off
  • 2X FILTER switch changes how the audio passes through the filters (either in parallel or in series)
  • Q switch sets the amount of resonance on the filter sweep
  • RETRIGGER SWITCH turns retrigger on/off

DELAY Section

  • TIME slider adjusts the delay time up to two seconds
  • FEEDBACK controls the number of echo repeats
  • BLEND adjusts the mix of the original signal and the echo repeats
  • DELAY switch turns the effect on/off

REVERB Section

  • AMOUNT slider adjusts the reverb effect level
  • BLEND slider controls the mix of the wet and dry signals
  • REVERB switch turns reverb on/off
  • REVERB>DELAY switch lets the user place either Delay or Reverb first in the effects chain for a variety of cool sound effects

MISCELLANEOUS CONTROLS

  • VOL (Volume) slider adjusts the Mini Synthesizer’s overall sound output level
  • POLY/MONO switch toggles between polyphonic (four notes can be played simultaneously) or monophonic (only one note can be played at a time) modes
  • PRESETS pop-down menu displays the presets available and allows the user to instantly select one
  • HORIZONTAL slider lets the player adjust the keyboards sounding range over an expansive eight-octave range
  • RIBBON Interface lets the player perform portamento (glide up or down to pitch), vibrato and other expressive playing

The Mini Synthesizer also includes a virtual MIDI input, aftertouch (iPhone 6s and 6s Plus), direct connectivity to a DAW as an audio input, an enhanced effects section plus Audiobus and interapp-audio capabilities.

Mini Synthesizer is available on iPhone and iPod for $2.99 and on iPad for $4.99. An Android version will be released later this year in October.

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