Saturday, 9 March 2013

Make Music on your iPad: Arturia iMini App

Just days ago the legendary saintjoe told us that his iPad was the one piece of hardware that he couldn't live without.  Well, fresh off the back of that revelation and recent releases including this and this, here's further proof - if any was needed - that the iPad is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to making music: Arturia's take on the iconic Minimoog.  

Arturia's Mike Hosker shows us what it can do:

From the guys themselves:
...iMini is based on the TAE® (True Analog Emulation) synthesis technology found in Arturia’s award-winning Mini V soft synth, meticulously modelling the distinctive tones and analogue nuances of the legendary Seventies-vintage Minimoog Model D monosynth. Moog changed the musical world with the Minimoog and Arturia helped change the music software world with the Mini V.
Arturia now brings the still-sought-after classic Minimoog sound to the musical masses, transforming any iPad mini, iPad 2, or iPad with Retina display into the ultimate analogue synth emulation! Those timeless three oscillators and that 24dB per octave fabled filter are all present and accounted for in iMini. It also successfully sports the look and feel of Dr Bob Moog’s namesake iconic synthesizer for all to see (and hear). But being a game-changing iPad app for 2013 and not an analogue synth design dating back to 1970 means there’s a whole lot more to iMini than first meets the eye...

Any serious synthesizer connoisseur will instantly recognise the MAIN mode screen as an eye-catching rendering of the Minimoog Model D front panel, albeit with welcome additional ‘analogue’ CHORUS AMT. and DELAY AMT. level controls, as well as a POLY switch for playing polyphonically — impossible in 1970, obviously! Other subtle supplements include a gearwheel icon above the keyboard — press to reveal GLIDE, DECAY, LEGATO, and SCROLL switches for performance keyboard control, plus a SCALE function to choose from no fewer than 26 different scales and modes. Meanwhile, iMini comes complete with hundreds of superb sounds showcasing its supreme sonic versatility; press LOAD from the menu bar and choose from sound designer or category — couldn’t be simpler!
In addtion, for every iMini sold, Arturia will make a donation to The Bob Moog Foundation.

Always on the ball, my friend Corry has already put the the app through its paces for  Check out what he has to say here

So, what do you guys think of the iMini? What do you think of iPad music making apps in general? 


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