Synth Round-Up: Synthesizers Break Free from the Studio on the iPhone


Musicians of all calibres, from mom's basement amateurs to true prodigies, can now find the software they need to make music on the go on their iPhones, whenever and wherever they want. But with so many options, it's often hard for people to figure out which app suits them best. We're here to help.

Here's a look at three different synthesizer apps for three different types of musicians.

synthPond (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
Developer: Zach Gage
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store

synthPond- Score: 8/10 Price: $1.99 Best suited for: Non-Musicians

Using a color-based notation system, SynthPond gives people with no previous knowledge of music the ability to create beautiful, ambient, soothing synth loops.

Unfortunately, the lack of any true deep synth configuration options and the complete absence of a standard timing system renders this app useless in serious recording situations. Read the full review for synthPond...

ZOOZbeat (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
Developer: ZooZ Mobile, Inc.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

ZooZBeat- Score: 6/10 Price: $2.99 Best suited for: Amateur Musicians

The ZooZBeat synthesizer has been developed to bring out the little drummer boy in everyday iPhone users. Users can produce synth sounds from a variety of instruments. Also, for those looking for a little portable Pavarotti production, ZooZBeat supports voice recording.

ZooZBeat offers up a very simple touch interface and overall is a great foundation of an app, with plenty of room for improvement. A free version is also offered, without voice recording, saving and loading, and with fewer instruments to choose from. Read the full review for ZooZBeat...

This app is not currently available in the App Store. Score: 9/10 Price: $9.99 Best suited for: Serious Musicians Pro features everything you would expect from a synth including a large and expandable preset bank, a powerful sequencer, a rich ESFM synthesizer processor and all the bells and whistles you would expect from any professional synths. Pro requires quite a bit of experience and know-how in the field of electronic music production to be put to good use. Download Pro from the App Store but remember, it's strictly for professionals. Read the full review for Pro...

Simply stated, it seems the iPhone synthesizer software scene is suffering from some slow, scattered success. But this is all to be expected. The iPhone development scene is moving so fast that often at times people seem to forget that we're talking about a platform that's been open for development for under a year. It's amazing we've got so far so quickly.

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  • JoshPratt79

    This is pretty cool. I love music and i write alot. So i should be gettin these apps verry soon

  • DexMex77892

    This comes from beginners to experts. What a broad spectrum of usages

  • brian

    I use Zoozbeat to record vocal ideas throughout the day and replay them later for ideas. It's great

  • Sammy Chen

    I dont recommend for anybody with less than a phd in music theory. Its incomprehensible

  • Jon Hartley

    "I dont recommend for anybody with less than a phd in music theory. Its incomprehensible"

    I dont agree.

    If you have basic synth operation experience, and you bother to look at the extensive user support on the website you can quickly learn how to use this incredibly powerfull synth.

    I too, however, cant fathom a lot of the functions, but there is a reason why people study music technology, because this sort of thing is not meant to be a pick up and play app for a novice because its something you learn how to operate..

    if you havent used this sort of thing before be warned it IS a comprehensive synth so will take effort to learn.

  • David Wallin

    I think my app, bleep!Synth is also worth checking out if you are into iPhone synthesizers.