A playable iPad version of
Reason’s massive Thor synthesizer, with all
of its features—and then some
Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips. Reason's legendary flagship synth delivers a thunderous sound, god-like sound sculpting capabilities and an innovative, lighting-fast keyboard designed for iPad. Thor is a synthesis playground, a flexible sonic workhorse, but above all, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad.
Thor sounds like no synthesizer you've ever heard before—and every single one of them. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilises synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.
A synth-geek's dream synth
Thor offers a deep and versatile synth app for your iPad. From its debut in Reason, Thor was designed as a synth geek's dream synth. Combine its selection of oscillator types, filter designs flexible routing and above all: a sound like nothing else. What you get is a true monster of a synth, capable of doing anything, yet easy to understand and quick to get started with. On the iPad, Thor's interface has been designed with tactile control in mind.
Designed to be played
Thor isn't just about sonic capabilities, but also about expressive playing. Its keyboard lets you play however you want. Use the regular, resizable chromatic keyboard, or set it to a key and a scale and use the Collapse function to create a keyboard with only the chord notes in it. To users of Figure, this approach is nothing new. To others: welcome to a keyboard for happy experimentation where you can't hit the wrong note!
The keyboard also has Strum and Hit features. Hold a chord and strum it with one finger. Or use the hit function to trigger the chord as a stab.
The sound sculpting is done in the Buttons and Routing modes. Buttons gives you exactly that: the main part of Thor's interface with buttons, knobs, faders and what have you. Here is where you can access Thor's three oscillator slots, ready for any of the six oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, Phase Modulation, FM Pair, Multi Oscillator and noise. The three filter holds any of Thor's four filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb or Formant.
The different sections of the panel, such as oscillators, filters, envelopes and so on expand and fold away at the touch of a button to give you a clear view of what you are doing.
The Routing mode is where you set up modulation or change the routing in Thor to your liking. This is where you can create some absurdly complex synthesis magic, but the basics are really simple. Select a modulation source, like an LFO for instance. Select a target, like say, a Filter frequency. Set a modulation amount and you're done!
Thor and Reason
While Thor for iPad is a capable instrument in its own right that you can play around with, perform or record like any instrument, you can also move your Thor patches between your iPad and your computer to keep working on something in Reason that you came up with on the iPad. Or move your darling patches from your computer to your iPad.
If you are looking for a playable, expressive instrument for iPad, but tweaking sounds isn't your hobby of choice, then fear not - Reason for iPad comes with over 1000 expertly crafted patches from artists and sound designers such as Richard Devine, Vengeance, Kill the Noise and many more. The patches cover everything from basic synth sounds through lush, evolving pads, powerful leads and outlandish textures and effects.