VAPoly16, new bi-timbral VA Synthesizer for iOS and macOS from Ryo Togawa

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Ryo Togawa has published VAPoly16, a new bi-timbral virtual analog Synthesizer for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and macOS (Apple Silicon). 

Many high-quality iOS apps come from Japanese developers. Besides iceGear/iceWorks Instruments, Ryo Togawa also has a variety of very nice apps. It has in its portfolio various synthesizers, effects, and more. His focus on synths is on analog modeling i.e. virtual analog.

His latest Synthesizer release VAPoly16 fits in seamlessly with his previous releases. This time in bi-timbral and with 16 voices.



VAPoly16 is a bi-timbral virtual analog Synthesizer with 16 voices, built-in effects, a sequencer, and audio visualization tools.

The core consists of two 8-voice synth voices, each featuring two multi-wave oscillators, Sallen-Key Filter (MS-20) resonant high pass and low pass filters, two ADSR envelopes, LFO, and an amplifier. A very traditional signal path we know from many other VA synths. It’s good that the filter is based on the MS-20, which has more character and bite than a classic ladder.

VAPoly16’s oscillators give you continuously variable wave shapes (triangle, sawtooth, square) with PWM, hard sync, and LFO mode. There is also a square sub-oscillator on oscillator 1. Additionally, you get Xmod, ring modulation, and linear + exponential FM.

Then, you can refine your sounds with built-in effects, including chorus, delay, flanger, reverb, EQ, and compressor. VAPoly16 also hosts a multi-type arpeggiator and a sequencer with a piano bar editor and automation support.

Alongside, it supports iCloud Drive support, Ableton Link, Bluetooth MIDI, virtual MIDI in/out, and more. Plus, you can record your sounds right in the app and export them in different audio formats.

First Impression

On the sheet it’s a solid new virtual analog Synthesizer with a lot of features. The demos also sound promising. The developer’s VAMono and VAPoly were also able to convince with very good quality in the past. Okay, it’s not a groundbreaking new synth but another bread-and-butter synth.

VAPoly16 is available now for an introductory price of $5,99 instead of $14,99 until August 31st, 2023. Each purchase includes the iOS version (iPhone/iPad) and the macOS version (only Apple Silicon computers). It runs as a standalone app and as an AUv3 plugin.

More information here: AppStore 

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