Mini Synthesizer

Mini Synthesizer

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The is an emulation of a Moog synthesiser, three oscillators, noise, mixer, filter and two envelope generators fully emulated in software with modulation from third oscillator and/or Noise/S&H. With the addition of a step sequencer to play riffs and tweak the sounds, then record the outputs to Ringtones if you want.

The app supports pressure sensitive touch screens, X/Y accelerometer for pitch and mod wheel, multitouch and zooming interface facilities. The original was a monophonic instrument however the emulator can operate as a duophonic or even polyphonic synth via multitouch when it is enabled. The interface has options for fat-finger, analogue filters and rich oscillators however these will consume extra CPU cycles. The interface also has a full piano keyboard setting.

So this is not Moog and it isn't a MiniMoog, but it does fit in your pocket and your budget.

Interface zooming can be done either with the trackball (Nexus/HTC have them) or enable multitouch via the menu then tap the screen with two fingers at the same time - this will zoom the interface in/out. If you tap with two fingers but keep them held you can move the screen around. This kind of helps out with the dense graphics.

Patches are saved on the SD card along with factory sounds, there is an export and import option to exchange patches.

The emulator will, per default, attempt to run with a set of options that will give reasonable quality and the lowest possible latency/lag. The quality of the audio can be tuned with the menu options however the lowest possible latency for pretty much all Android devices is currently 42ms, on my HTC Desire it is 70ms. If you understand what this means then the value might seem quite high but the app is still a lot of fun.

Tested on HTC Desire/2.2, Emulator hires and lowres. The Mini is one of a family of emulators.

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Recently changed in this version

Hi-res graphics to reduce pixel obliteration.
Fixes to the recording options for tablets.


Comments and ratings for Mini Synthesizer
  • (51 stars)

    by m.tarenskeen on 20/08/2011

    All I see is a green Android+keyboard logo. Then the app exits. I want my money back

  • (51 stars)

    by Travis Lausch on 05/01/2014

    It probably should be made a free app until the latency and dropout issues are resolved. But unlike the last reviewer, I managed to make it sound like a MiniMoog, just took a lot of tweaking. Just gotta do something about the 92ms latency...

  • (51 stars)

    by Steve Keller on 31/12/2012

    Doesn't sound like a Moog, either. Dials are hard to set accurately which kinda defeats the point of a synth emulation. Mod wheel applied to filter has an unpredictable effect. I understand about the latency, but the knobs should be settable either by the GUI or a numerical popup. Disappointed and uninstalling....