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 TAQS.IM Oriental Synth by TAQS.IM is a Mobile Audio App and a Standalone Application. It functions as a Standalone Application.
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TAQS.IM Synth allows you to play Middle Eastern sounds, scales and rhythms from your iPhone or iPad.

The app features a multitude of instruments used in both traditional and modern contexts for Arabic, Armenian, Balkan, Greek, Oriental, Persian, Turkish and World Music including wind, string (both bowed and plucked) and synthesizer instrument sounds. It also offers rhythms from various Middle Eastern with various time signatures.

An oriental-style scale converter is provided, allowing the player to select quarter tones and microtones in real-time. The scale preset browser allows you to learn different Makam, Raga and Western based scales - transposing them by key and then displaying the keys on the keyboard. Additionally, the player can input in custom scales – calibrating each note by +64 and -64 cents, unshackling them from the equal temperament system.

Over 25 sounds are included such as oud, duduk, saz, baglama, tar along with favorite middle eastern lead synthesizers such as the Casio CZ-101, Oberheim OB-8 and Roland SH-2000. The rhythm player includes 32 of the more popular Anatolian, Caucus, Mediterranean and Oriental rhythms.

The TAQS.IM synth app is available in the iTunes store for $9.99. Updates and enhancements for the TAQS.IM synth app will be regularly offered in the coming months, including preset settings for certain modal scales (i.e. makam music), more sounds and an enhanced rhythm capability.

Scales Included:

  • Beyati.

  • Çargâh.

  • Hijaz (Modern / Arabic).

  • Hijaz Ascending (Turkish).

  • Hijaz Descending (Turkish).

  • Hüseyni (Modern / Arabic).

  • Hüseyni Ascending (Turkish).

  • Hüseyni Descending (Turkish).

  • Huzzam.

  • Kurdi (Arabic and Turkish).

  • Nihavend (Arabic and Turkish).

  • Rast (Arabic).

  • Rast Ascending (Turkish).

  • Rast Descending (Turkish).

  • Sabâ (Arabic and Turkish).

  • Natural Minor (classical/jazz ascending minor, aka Aeolian).

  • Harmonic Minor.

  • Melodic Minor (classical/jazz descending minor).

  • Dorian (variant of Minor).

  • Phrygian (variant of Minor).

  • Major (aka Ionian).

  • Locrian (diminished type scale).

  • Lydian (variant of Major).

  • Mixolydian (variant of Major).

  • Raag Marwa (hexatonic).

  • Raag Bhairav (heptatonic).

  • Raag Bhairavi (similar to Kurdi).

  • Raag Pahadi (folk mode).

Sounds Included:

  • Accordion Octave.
  • Clarinet Klezmer.
  • CZ-101 Accordion.
  • CZ-101 Square.
  • DX7 Flute.
  • Duduk Vibrato.
  • Electric Baglama.
  • Farfisa Lead.
  • Garmon Reed.
  • Guitar Jazz.
  • Kanun Bell.
  • Mijwez.
  • MOSS Nay.
  • Ney Hollow.
  • OB-8 Sync.
  • Oud.
  • Piano Kavkaz.
  • Sax 90s.
  • Saz Acoustic.
  • SH-2000 Accordion.
  • SH-2000 Violin.
  • Strings Kavkaz.
  • Tar.
  • Trombone Arabic.
  • Zurna Synth.
  • Zurna Turkish.

Rhythms Included:

  • Baladi (Traditional / Modern).

  • Bandari.

  • Beguine (Traditional / Modern).

  • Ciftetelli (Traditional / Modern).

  • Curcuna (Traditional / Modern).

  • Halay (Traditional / Modern).

  • Malfouf (Traditional / Modern).

  • Maksoum (Traditional / Modern).

  • Rumba (Traditional / Modern).

  • Syrto (Traditional / Modern).

  • Tsiftetelli.

  • Zeibekiko.

  • Yarkhustha.

  • 6/4 (Traditional / Modern).

  • 6/8 (Traditional / Modern).

  • 7/8 (Traditional / Modern).

  • 9/8 (Traditional / Modern).

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By yousuf
June 28, 2019

The sounds are what's typically used typically by Middle Eastern Keyboard Players. The best part of it is the ability to change the scales in real-time so you can play the makams. The rhythms are nice sounding and very usable - great to play along with.

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