Thor Polysonic Synthesizer iPad App

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Information and Specifications

Category: Synthesizer Apps
Released: Aug 26, 2014
Version: 1.1
Size: 49.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Propellerhead Software AB
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Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.
Price: $14.99
Get it here: Thor Polysonic Synthesizer – Propellerhead Software AB

Description: Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is an iPad version of Reason’s flagship synth. Based on Reason’s legendary flagship synth. It features 1000+ expertly crafted synth pathes from leading artists & sound designers (Kill the Noise, Richard Devine, Chris Petti and many more). Has Three oscillator slots for Thor’s six oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, FM Pair, PhaseMod, Multi Osc and Noise. Three filter slots for for Thor’s four filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb and Formant. Three envelopes. Dual LFOs. Delay and Chorus. Step sequencer with 16-steps and six channels: Note, Velocity, Gate length, Step duration, Curve 1, Curve 2. MIDI in – play Thor from an external MIDI source or from another app on the same iPad. Audiobus compatible. And Audio in background option lets Thor keep playing in the background when working with other apps.

Update: Version 1.0.1 patches are now compatible with Reason 4/5, better memory usage.


Review
The iPad range of music making apps just get bigger and bigger. There’s not much bigger than Reason’s Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, a powerhouse synthesizer by
Propellerhead Software. The iPad version of their popular synthesizer is a welcome addition. This isn’t Propellerhead’s first foray into iOS apps, having recently released Figure and before that Rebirth for iPad, this still feels like a revolutionary product hot on the heels of other hardware manufacturers turning to the iPad for their product lines.

One of the first things to check out a new app to give you an idea of what it has to offer is to go through the presets. In this case we have over a 1000 finely tuned patches by some of the leading artists & sound designers going around: Kill the Noise, Richard Devine, Chris Petti, etc.

Built with the touch screen of the iPad in mind, the interface is easy to access and uncluttered, giving you free reign to dive into the many parameters on offer. Thor has 6 oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, FM Pair, PhaseMod, Multi Osc and Noise and 4 filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb and Formant. It also features Three envelopes, Dual LFOs and Delay and Chorus. The step sequencer on offer has 16-steps and six channels: Note, Velocity, Gate length, Step duration, Curve 1, Curve 2.

It’s great to see you can move your patches between Reason on your computer to the iPad and the other way round. Create patches wherever you go, come back home and load them into Reason. Great! Being Audiobus compatible you have the option of taking the audio of Thor into the input of another app, perhaps adding effects to the original signal or bringing it into another app to lay down tracks or sample a sound you’ve just created. Lots of options and potential.

As a premium app it comes with a low price of $14.99 and a lot cheaper than the desktop version. For the sheer amount of quality presets on offer, the price is a steal. To add that with the ease of a polyphonic synthesizer you’d be crazy to pass Thor up. As a starting point to get into Reason, Propellerhead are probably banking on the hope that users will switch to their DAW in the process. Get it now! Check out the video below to hear what it sounds like.