I’ve been asked this if this was possible multiple times which makes sense as a large percentage of my readers aren’t around desktop or laptop computers very much. If you’re on the move with just an iOS device and in need of some inspiration, you can unzip zipped preset packs (this list, Sunsine Audio, and App Sound are great sources for free and paid packs) with iZip and open them into certain synth apps using the ‘Open In…’ functionality in iOS. So far I’ve successfully tried this with Nave, Sunrizer, Sunrizer XS, Magellan, Magellan Jr - if you know of any other synths that can open patchs via ‘Open In…’ please leave a comment below!
Note: If Magellan / Magellan Jr presets aren’t appearing, try opening Magellan before opening the presets from iZip.
I’m a huge fan of (real) hard hitting, heavy, wobble-y dubstep. If you are too, send in your presets (for any iOS synthesizer) to and I’ll pick 3 lucky contestants to win a batch of promo codes for a surprise collection of a music apps! You can submit as many presets as you want, just make sure to send them with “Dubstep Wobble Bass iOS Synthesizer Contest” as the subject. The contest closes on March 24 2013 at 12:00AM. The entered presets will be shared back as a giant iSynth pack!
Let the wobbling begin!
P.S. If the codes you win are for apps you already own, I can do some more asking around, but no promises!
What is it about the iPad that’s attracting so many classic synth recreations? I’ve got it narrowed down to a few contributing features…
1. Touch – A touch screen allows users to interact directly with the synthesizer, not through a keyboard and a mouse, you can literally drag and drop cables in iMS-20, turn knobs and sliders, ect…
2. It’s a second computer – Live setups can be complicated. Having a second computing device (especially on that’s as advanced as the iPad) allows musicians to have an extra screen to use software that may have otherwise been crammed onto a laptop along with several other VSTs. This will get exponentially better as soon as the iConnectMIDI 2+ and 4+ arrive with AudioPass Through.