Are you looking for some free synths apps for iPad? Well, take a look at these. They are in no particular order, so just have a look through them and see if any take your fancy.
Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio
As you can hear, this synth app is capable of producing some pretty cool grooves. It is a sample-based synthesizer which has a small keyboard at the bottom and visual sound adjustment sections in the top half. The top matrix of 8 squares represents 8 different presets. By sliding your finger between the presets it will adjust the parameters smoothly between them. This allows you to do some very creative manipulation of sounds.
Unfortunately, you cannot import your own sounds, you can only play around with the available presets. Also, it is quite bad at imitating acoustic instruments. Still, you could have some fun with this anyway.
Sylo is a granular synthesizer. Granular synthesis is when waveforms of sound are cut up into tiny fragments and then rearranged and played around with to create new sounds. But as you can see from the video, this synth has a whole bunch of different parameters you can adjust to change the sounds. You can end up creating some weird and dirty sounds. A lot of the sounds seem to end up sounding quite metallic.
A great thing about this synth app is that you can record your own sounds into it, which you can then play around with. This means the number of sounds you can make with it is literally unlimited. You are only limited by what sounds you have available to record into it.
This app is created by Propellerhead, the makers of the extremely popular Reason music software. It looks like a really great fun app for playing around with on your iPhone or iPad. One thing that comes to mind for me, though, is that it may be a bit limited. It looks like you mainly play around with the preset sounds and patterns rather than actually compose your own music from scratch. I suppose it depends on what you want. Do you want to have full control over what you create, or do you want to just have fun with sounds?
Now SoundPrism is something quite different to anything I have seen before. It looks like a lot of fun to play with. It looks like it is designed for anyone to be able to make pretty good sounding music even if you have no previous musical skills. You have the bass notes on the left, then the chords on the right, although you can play individual notes if you want to as well.
I have to say, it does look beautiful with the bright colours, and I imagine it is a lot of fun to play around with. It does have a lot of great sounds in it, as well as pre-set keys. Is it going to offer you the full freedom to compose full pieces of music from scratch? I don’t think so. But it’s probably worth having a play with it just for the fun of it.
For me, this seems like the least inspiring of the synths I’m listing here. I don’t like the dirty brown and orange look of it or the sounds it creates. After having looked at the beautifully bright SoundPrism, I feel like I’ve gone down a dark and dismal alleyway with this one. Maybe it’s designed to be used to create weird dark sounds rather than for creating nice melodies. People who like to create sound art or weird electronic music that is difficult to listen to will probably love this.
Now this one looks like a lot of fun to play around with. I like how you can set a sequence going and then use the visual section at the top to manipulate the sound via the filters, etc. I can imagine this being very good fun to play around with live. Presumably, you could use USB to sync it up to other modern equipment to make it part of a larger live performance. I hope so because those sounds would work really well in that kind of scenario.
This one sounds interesting, but it does seem a bit limited to me. I don’t like the fact that it is monophonic and has limited options. But for a free app, can we really complain?
So there you go, there are some fun free synth apps for iPad that you can try out. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below and I will reply as soon as I can.
All the best,
P.S. You may also be interested in this free Roland TB 303 emulator.