Best synthesizer for ipad? (Thor alternative)

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KVRist
262 posts since 8 Jan, 2015

Post Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:34 pm

I see Thor (Reason/Propellerhead) used to be on ipad but disappeared, bummer. Wonder why?

So what would the next best synth for ipad be? A polyohonic quality synth like Thor.

Total ipad noob, just got it and never touched an apple deive expect for ipod long ago. I am thinking maybe Korg Electribe Wave?

Thankyou :party:

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KVRian
809 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

Post Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:13 pm

Yeah, it's a shame they pulled Thor. The closest I can think of is SynthMaster 2. It was just released for iPadOS last month.

KV331 Audio - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id944155925

Others to check out...

BeepStreet - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id321412321

Sugar Bytes - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id614418826

Moog Music - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id396776421

Imaginando - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id895445015

Audio Damage - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id1248448317

iceWorks - https://apps.apple.com/developer/id347507439

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KVRian
1058 posts since 9 Apr, 2012

Post Mon Aug 23, 2021 2:40 am

Maybe a little bit late but the closest synth I have found which is similar to THOR is Obsidian within Nanostudio 2.
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KVRAF
29533 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:40 am

Waldorf Nave should be pretty cool.
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KVRAF
1572 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Post Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:13 am

Not familiar with Thor but maybe Tera Synth?
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KVRAF
29533 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:27 am

I wanted to propose Z3TA as well, but, looks like Cakewalk pulled it from Apple's app store...
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KVRer
4 posts since 17 Jul, 2021

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:10 am

animoog and model 15 :)

KVRAF
29533 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:13 am

I wonder what the OP bought now. ;)
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KVRAF
2468 posts since 31 Jan, 2003 from Ghent, Belgium

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:35 am

My iPad 2018 is the last one I'll ever buy. A bunch of my old music/synth apps don't work on it anymore. Ok, fine, they still run on my iPad 2... but I'm not ok with Apple constantly killing backwards compatibility.
No problem on desktop/laptop - I just use Windows - even my oldest plugins (early 2000s) still work on it. But for Touch devices, there's really no Apple alternative (or just not good enough for me).

OT: when an iOS app stops getting update... a few iOS updates later: high probability that it doesn't run anymore -> Thor

This might sound like an anti-Apple rant, but it isn't. It's me saying how much I care for backwards compatibility. It feels (to me) like someone is stealing something that you've paid hard earned money for.

KVRist
347 posts since 13 Jul, 2021

Post Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:37 am

Moog ones I got for free a while back when they had that weird sale. I got all of them for free. My minds still blown by it. 🤯

KVRAF
29533 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:44 am

T-CM11 wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:35 am
My iPad 2018 is the last one I'll ever buy. A bunch of my old music/synth apps don't work on it anymore. Ok, fine, they still run on my iPad 2... but I'm not ok with Apple constantly killing backwards compatibility.
No problem on desktop/laptop - I just use Windows - even my oldest plugins (early 2000s) still work on it. But for Touch devices, there's really no Apple alternative (or just not good enough for me).

OT: when an iOS app stops getting update... a few iOS updates later: high probability that it doesn't run anymore -> Thor
That sucks. Does it surprise me? Nope.
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KVRAF
1879 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from Seattle, WA - USA

Post Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:01 pm

I'm typically a hopeless Propellerhead apologist, but there's simply no excuse for their abandonment of Thor on iPad. It's not that it won't run on newer iPads; They just inexplicably removed it from the App Store. Other apps became abandonware during the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit. With Reason's M1 update coming in a few months perhaps they will reconsider more cross pollination of rack devices over to iPad in the future since many of the compatibility barriers between platforms has been greatly reduced. I'd love to see Algoritm, Friktion, or any of their other newer devices with scalable interfaces brought over.

KVRer
6 posts since 18 Sep, 2005

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:49 pm

Tronam wrote:
Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:01 pm
I'm typically a hopeless Propellerhead apologist, but there's simply no excuse for their abandonment of Thor on iPad. It's not that it won't run on newer iPads; They just inexplicably removed it from the App Store. Other apps became abandonware during the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit. With Reason's M1 update coming in a few months perhaps they will reconsider more cross pollination of rack devices over to iPad in the future since many of the compatibility barriers between platforms has been greatly reduced. I'd love to see Algoritm, Friktion, or any of their other newer devices with scalable interfaces brought over.
honestly I think this is the Reason ... ahem... it explains why they made so much fanfare about hi-def graphics and scalability, so they can work on iPhone to the biggest iMac, and they have gone totally modular in the way iOS music is. I think they did Reason Compact as an interim step, but going forward pretty much EVERYTHING will be on all Apple devices. When that happens they will totally dominate in pretty much every area. Well, maybe not their sequencer window, but even there, I really like their blocks and pattern arranging, and would make sense on an iPad.

Smart move IMO

The Apple dev specs state that the default will be for apps to be pushed to Mac, iOS, and iPadOS, and devs who don't want it on any have to specifically disable it. That's a pretty assertive indication they want it to go that way. We'll have to wait and see what it does to sales and prices, but it's more than likely going to be a really big shift in music tech. Some of the apps coming out these days are amazing

KVRer
6 posts since 18 Sep, 2005

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:19 pm

Varudo wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:10 am
animoog and model 15 :)
Yeah I think they sound amazing. It's like you can hear the dust on the Model 15 heating up.

I just picked up the Yonac stuff with the recent mad sale, really impressive.

Not a synth, but I also LOVE Drum computer by Sugar bytes

KVRist
306 posts since 5 Nov, 2007 from Liverpool, UK

Post Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:38 pm

Apesoft iVCS3 is genius. Best iPad synth for my money...

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/ivcs3/id665703927

And, I know it's not a synth but iOptigan is just wonderful, great fun...
https://www.ioptigan.com/

None of these things are anything like Thor tbf!! So, yeah, there's that. Hey it's KVR, at least I didn't mention Reaper - oh, doh!

So, anyway, Synthmaster 2 is definitely worth a look in that regard, I do like that one too.

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