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Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) Plugin by Nikolozi
Mela Mela
Mela by Nikolozi is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App and a Standalone Application for macOS and iOS. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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Mela is an intuitive virtual analog synthesizer and multi-effects processor with a streamlined interface. It can be loaded either as an instrument or effect plug-in inside a host application such as AUM, BeatMaker, Cubasis, GarageBand and Logic Pro.

If you begin working on a track in GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad, and later open the project in Logic Pro on your Mac, then all instances of Mela and Mela FX audio units will load just as you left them on your iOS device.

Mela – Synth Audio Unit Extension (AUv3):

  • 4 great sounding oscillators.
  • 2 virtual analog style filters.
  • 3 envelopes with adjustable level, time and curve parameters.
  • Envelope modes: sustain, trigger and loop.
  • 3 tempo syncable LFOs.
  • Build-in effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, delay and compressor.

  • Fully featured modulation matrix.
  • Flexible signal routing options.
  • Voice modes: monophonic, polyphonic, legato and glide.
  • Built-in virtual musical keyboard.

Mela FX – Multi-FX Audio Unit Extension (AUv3):

  • Input section with pan and level controls.
  • 2 virtual analog style filters.
  • Effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, delay and compressor.
  • 3 tempo syncable LFOs.
  • Envelope follower with peak and RMS modes.
  • Follower can be driven by the audio unit's normal input or side chain.
  • Fully featured modulation matrix.
  • Flexible signal routing options.
  • Global dry/wet mix and bypass controls.


  • Standard selection of saw, sine, square and triangle waveforms.
  • Ability to morph between the waveforms or distort them using the shape parameter.
  • Modern phase distortion algorithm with an additional harmonics parameter.
  • Harmonics adjusts the richness of the generated waveform and modulating it sounds similar to filter sweeps.
  • Great sounding noise oscillator, which sounds warmer than pure white noise.
  • Other features: transposition, tuning, pan and level.


  • Selection of great sounding self-oscillating resonant filters.
  • Ability to morph between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass.

Modulation Matrix:

  • Both Mela and Mela FX come with a fully featured modulation matrix.
  • Most parameters of the audio units can be modulated.
  • Modulation sources: envelope generators, envelope follower and LFOs.
  • MIDI sources: velocity, key, mod wheel, aftertouch and pitch bend.
  • The matrix supports both positive and negative modulation intensities.


  • Oscillators can be routed to filters in 5 different ways.
  • FX section can be inserted before filter 1, after it or after both filters.

Audio Unit Extension Features:

  • Customisable perform view that gives you access to the parameters you care about most.
  • Highly flexible layout, makes the best use of the space provided by the host's window.
  • Preset management with import/export features.

Mela App:

  • Mela can be used by simply launching the app.
  • Supports all orientations on both iPhone and iPad, including split-screen on iPad.
  • It can respond to MIDI input from external sources.
  • Supports background audio.

Tip Jar:

  • Support the development of Mela by leaving a tip of any amount.
  • The Tip Jar is accessible via the app settings menu.
  • This is completely optional – the app is fully functional as is.

If you enjoy using Mela, please leave a review on the App Store. It's much appreciated and it helps a lot. For any issues, feature. suggestions or other support queries, please get in touch.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By ThunderHeart
December 20th, 2021

An AMAZING synth, at an incredible price.

Don't write this one off because of the low, low price.[As far as I can tell, it's only so cheap because the dev mostly works, and is known, on iOS/iPadOS.

Even more generous is that the $14.99 price now buys both the ios version, and the MacOS version.

I love it so much that I bought his other synth, NFM, just as a thank you for Mela, and it's great price.

[I didn't expect to use NFM much, since I haven't thought much of other FM synths, such as Dexed, but NFM blows them out of the water easily, sound-wise, and is so easy to use.[It's only $10, IIRC].].

With 4 great sounding oscillators, and a suite of great FX, which can be used separately, Mela sounds better that most of my desktop VST synths, and I have many.

I'm not associated with the Dev in any way, and I don't think I've ever left a review, here, before, but felt I had to in this case.

I hope many give Mela2 a try, and if you do, I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I have been.

PS : If you search YouTube for "Mela 2 synth' the top result is a review/demo, from a channel called "The Sound Test Room", that sold me on this fantastic synth/effects unit [it's both].It's about 40 minutes long, but by half-way through I think you'll be well convinced, as I was.

At the price, you simply can't go wrong.

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