Although Moog has had some success in the past with its app Animoog, there was just something missing from this modern-take on classic synth DNA. Fortunately, Moog has released another app to fill that hole, a $10,000 synth packed into a tiny app.
The Moog Model 15 Synthesizer app is an iOS recreation of the iconic Model 15 modular synth from way back in 1973. But rather than spending $10,000 to get your hands on the app, all you need to do is splash out $30. Still, a pretty high price for a mobile synth, but for those who want to get hands-on with this classic piece of kit, $30 is a brilliant investment.
The app apparently offers 90% of the stuff you’d find on the actual synth, including the ability to switch out cables, twist knobs on the fly, and manipulate your sound all while playing.
In the app, you’ll find all of the same modules you’d see on the real deal, including a bank of 921-series oscillators, low-pass and high-pass filters, the 907 fixed filter module, a ping-pong delay unit, a looping sound-on-sound recorder, and inputs for other instruments. What’s more, unlike the real deal which uses analogue inputs, the iPad app uses MIDI.
Although you may look at the various cables, knobs, switches, and dials, and think “NOPE”, the app actually also offers tutorials which break down complex sounds into smaller pieces so you can learn what each module does. There’s also a ton of presets too from classic old-school sounds, to other more creative sound masterpieces. Of course everything is fully customisable too, so if you like one sound but want to make it better, you can.