The synthesis training software Syntorial has just been released for iPad. Available previously on PC and Mac, now you can learn all about sound synthesis on the go. With 129 interactive challenges, you'll learn not only what those synth parameters do, but how to hear sound in order to create sound.
Each lesson will walk you through different parameters, briefly explaining each, and then put you through a challenge, in which you will need to hear a sound clip and try to recreate that sound by adjusting the available parameters. You are scored from one to three stars on how accurately you are able to reproduce the sound.
I was able to play through this quite a bit as a part of the beta test team. I found that I was quickly engrossed in each challenge, and was very pleased when I was able to recreate each sound. Being a low-to-moderate experienced synth user, I found the pacing very good, and the explanations helpful.
Along with the challenges, you also get access to the built-in synth, which is not too shabby at all. A three oscillator synth (two synths and a sub oscillator), with all the expected filters, LFO and the like, it also comes with some effects as well.
So, how much? The basic app itself is free to demo. This includes the first 22 lessons, and will give you a very good idea of how the app works, and if it is right for you. If you don't like it, well then you just got yourself a new free synth. That new free synth, by the way, can be used in Audiobus and IAA, so you've got that going for you, which is nice.
If you're looking to upgrade to the full package, it will cost you a bit more. Normally priced at $129, the developers at Audible Genius are offering a 30% off intro price until Friday. That's $89 USD. Go here to buy at the specially introductory price. You can then unlock the full version on your iPad when you receive your purchase confirmation.
This full version can be used on your iPad, or on Mac or PC. Dropbox integration will sync your progress across all devices. There are also additional packs that cover Cakewalks Z3TA+2 and Minimoog Voyager.
Give the free demo a try. Yes, I know the full version is a lot of money in iOS Land. But if you've always wanted to learn sound synthesis, this is a great place to start.Syntorial - Synth Training App
Developer: Audible Genius, LLC