Top Touch Based Synths For Android
Post date:Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:30
When synthesizers first arrived on the scene they not only offered a brand new and unique sound, but also a brand new way of creating these sounds compared to traditional instruments. This proved to be quite daunting to a lot of people, but those who persevered discovered the incredible amount of depth that synthesizers have. With the rising number of software synthesizers, especially those for mobile devices, there has been a natural tendency to not only accurately replicate the sound of original synths, but also the interface. However, using a touch screen could never fully imitate the tactile feedback that comes from pushing real buttons or twisting real knobs. On the other hand, some developers have embraced the strengths of mobile devices and designed software synths that make full use of their touch based interfaces. So, if you want to step away from your hardware synth and mess around with something a little different on your phone or tablet, then these touch based synths for Android could give your creativity a boost.
Finger Synth does exactly what the name implies, allow you to create music by simply sliding your finger across the screen. It has basic ASDR envelope control and LFOs to control pitch and volume along with the option to tune to any key and octave. In addition, Finger Synth features auto-tune if you always want to play in tune or the option to play vibrato and glide between notes if you decrease auto-tune. It lacks the advanced synthesis controls of some of the other apps but can still offer a nice diversion.
Saucillator is a nifty little app that offers live-looping and recording while using your touchscreen to manipulate oscillators and effects. This is done by using the x and y axes of the touchscreen, with the one corresponding to amplitude and the other to frequency. Users can even create custom synths by mixing custom timbre with user-defined effects.
Experimental FM Synthesizer
Experimental FM Synthesizer is from the same developer behind Finger Synth and allows you to transform sounds by moving your fingers around your touchscreen. Touching the screen with one finger creates a tone and moving that finger up and down changes the pitch. Adding additional fingers modulates the sound, which you can also transform by moving those fingers around. You don't need to know anything about FM synthesis to mess around with this app, but it features in-app help pages to explain some of the basics, which is quite helpful.
EtherSurface is another real time synthesizer for Android that features a multitouch performance surface to play around with. You can control pitch, timbre and volume by sliding your fingers across your screen and it offers various scales and tonalities. If you want to make some ethereal sounds or always wondered with an ambient pad synth crossed with a Theramin would sound like, then get EtherSurface.
Slider Synth is a touchscreen synthesizer that allows you to manipulate up to four configurable boards at once. It features sine, square, sawtooth, triangle and reverse sawtooth waveforms, along with attack, volume and release for each keyboard. Finally, you can select an octave range for each keyboard and the echo effect sounds pretty neat too.
OTOONE is a completely free Android synthesizer that is completely free and doesn't require you to be connected to the Internet. In addition to featuring quick response and multi touch support, you can use the accelerometer for volume control. Slide up or down to change the octave and left or right for the scales.
As the name suggests, this app features a very simple, but effective interface for manipulating sound. You simply tilt your phone in order to shift the sound in different directions. You can also make use of the touchscreen to alter the timbre or the speed of tilt effectiveness. It's unlikely that you will be able to generate anything musical from this app, but it is pretty unique.
KORG Kaossilator is not free, but considering the amount of diverse sounds that you can coax out of it, it definitely offers value for money. It comes with 150 sounds that covers a range of music styles and creating melodies or phrases is as easy as using simple touch gestures. In addition, it has more than 30 different scales to choose from and a built-in loop sequencer to layer up to five musical parts. Out of all the touch focused synth apps on Android, KORG Kaossilator is one of the most full-fledged ones.
Plasma Sound is inspired by the Theremin, Continuum as well as Keyboard and Sequencer. It generates notes when you touch the screen and you can control elements such as the pitch by moving your fingers along the X-axis and Y-axis. It is a very configurable app and allows you to choose from different waveforms, note ranges, tremolo, vibrato, cutoff, delay and much more.
Virtual ANS is another commercial app, but unlike many of the other app on this list, it is much more than just a software toy. It is based on the ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument that was created by Evgeny Murzin. It features a unique virtual analog sound engine, an unlimited number of pure tone generators, a powerful sonogram editor that allows you to draw the spectrum while it plays at the same time and the ability to convert any sound to image and vice versa.
The popularity of synthesizers means that new software inspired by them are regularly released, so the chances are good that we missed a few. Let us know in the comments below which touch based synth you like messing around with on your phone and why.