There has been a great deal of anticipation for Wooji Juice's new synth, Mitosynth. I've had the chance to test-drive it for the last few days, and I can say that it has been worth the wait.
Mitosynth is a hybrid additive/wavetable synth, and is meant for sonic manipulation. Much like another Wooji Juice synth, Grain Science, Mitosynth is all about shaping sounds. The clean interface, helpful in-app manual, and sheer number of available units mean you will be creating your own patches in no time. I am far from a synth expert, but I was creating patches in minutes.
Mitosynth ships with 100 presets, which can act as a great starting point for customizing your own sounds. By no means are these presets in need of changing, however, as there are some beauties in here. But there is a wide range of presets, across many different styles, that can give you a head start on your own patches.
One of the highlights of Mitosynth is its Wave Chamber. This is where the fun is made. Up to 32 waveforms can be loaded in at one time. This includes sounds from the synth, the built-in waveforms, or you can also sample your own sounds. This is seriously cool.
The amount of control within the app is really nice. You can control most anything with MIDI, or the X/Y pad screen, among others. Just when you think you've hit the edge, here comes another option you can layer on to tweak the sound even further.
Main interface screen
There are of course multiple effects to choose from, including some Warm Fuzz, Bit Crusher, or Stereo Echo. And how does "Phase Mangulator" sound to you? You know you want to try that out. There is also a layer called the "Supercharger", which is fully polyphonic.
Mitosynth, at first play through, certainly feels like it leans atmospheric, ambient, other-worldly. But the option to add your own samples, and manipulate those gives you so many more choices. Getting samples into Mitosynth is very simple, as the integration with Dropbox and Audioshare is seamless. Sharing your own custom patches through Dropbox couldn't be simpler, either. Two taps, and your patch is saved to your Dropbox folder, where you can share it with other users.
Some basic features to note include the keyboard or ribbon playing interface, which offer latch and toggle modes, and a nice big screen dedicated to the X/Y pads. This screen looks absolutely gorgeous in motion.
X/Y interface screen - You really need to see this in motion
So far, I've been writing a lot about the features and interface. But what about the sounds? Very, very nice. Mitosynth lends itself to some great ambient, atmospheric, haunting sounds. But as mentioned earlier, with the ability to import samples, and manipulate sounds in virtually every direction, you will find a sound you'll love in no time.
Here are some demo sounds from Wooji Juice:
And this is a track created using Mitosynth by Cinebient:
The app is CoreMIDI & Virtual MIDI enabled, so you can plug in your external MIDI keyboard, or use your favorite virtual sequencer to control Mitosynth's sounds. Mitosynth makes the MIDI learn process easy as well. Any of the parameters that can be set to "learn" will have a small ">" inside the knob. Tap the knob, and Mitosynth will prompt you to turn your MIDI controller knob. And that's it. Learned.
Mitosynth is Audiobus-compatible, of course. Note, you'll need to be on iOS 7 or higher to play. The app is Universal as well. No IAP soundpacks, so it's all there from Day One.
Wooji Juice certainly has made a name for itself previously with the fantastic Grain Science app. Mitosynth is another monster. The sounds are great, the interface is very modern and user-friendly, and the options are almost limitless. I suspect that Mitosynth will be leap-frogging many other "favorite" synths in no time.
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