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Modular Synth Effect Composer Plugin by Nikolozi
Free Download / $19.99 per Module Collection
Mela by Nikolozi is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App and a Software Application for macOS and iOS. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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Mela is a modular music-making tool that scales with your needs. With its intuitive interface, you can seamlessly build fully custom polyphonic synthesisers, unique audio effects, and complex MIDI processors. Mela can run as a standalone app on iOS and macOS or as an AUv3 plug-in inside your favourite DAW such as AUM, Drambo, Logic Pro and many more.

How it works?

In Mela, presets are constructed from modules arranged on lanes, each processing audio and MIDI signals. Lanes can receive and send signals to and from the host and other lanes. Modulator modules can modulate any parameter of any module on any lane. Lanes and modules can be easily added, removed, or rearranged, making the preset as complex or simple as desired. Mela comes with 60 modules, with new ones added with every update. The following are some examples from different categories:

  • MIDI processors: arpeggiator, chord, note echo, scale, strummer.
  • Synth building blocks: virtual-analog oscillator, FM operator, phaseshaping, noise, VA filter, amp envelope.
  • Modulators: envelope follower, envelope generator, LFO, macro control, MIDI source, random.
  • Audio effects: chorus, delay, distortion, flanger, phaser, compressor, comb filter, EQ, stereo panner.
  • Utility: level metering, audio oscilloscope, MIDI capture, MIDI logger, note pad.

Mela can be loaded inside a host as one of the following plug-in types: Instrument, Audio Effect or MIDI Processor. The only difference between them is the number of audio and MIDI inputs and outputs. Otherwise, the features are identical and a preset created in one type can be opened by another.


Modules are organised into collections. Collection 0 is free, providing you with the opportunity to test out Mela's features. Other collections can be purchased via in-app purchases. New modules will be added to Collection 3 throughout 2024. That means you can purchase it now and have new modules appear unlocked as they become available. The following is a list of all modules.

Collection 0

Amp Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO, Meter, Relative Pitch, Stereo Delay, Transposer, VA Filter, VA Oscillator, Volume.

Collection 1

Balance, Chord, Chorus, Control Change, Compressor, Distortion, DS Oscillator, Envelope Generator, Envelope Follower, Flanger, Glide, Level, MIDI Logger, MIDI Source, Mono, Noise Oscillator, Note Echo, Note Length, Note Range, Panic, Phaser, Pitch Bend, Random, Scale, Strummer, Velocity.

Collection 2

Clipper, Comb Filter, DC Blocker, Degrader, EQ Band, Fixed Pitch, FM Operator, Macro, MIDI Capture, MIDI Channel, Oscilloscope, Pitch Ratio, Rectifier, Vibrato, Voice Activity, VPS Oscillator.

Collection 3

Digital Delay, Dual Pan, Mid-Side, Note Event, Note Pad, Phase Inverter, Simple LFO, Stereo Pan.


Mela's capabilities continuously improve, evolve and expand driven by its long-term vision and user feedback. Feel free to get in touch for anything Mela-related:

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By ThunderHeart [all]
December 20th, 2021
Version reviewed: v2.5 on iOS

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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