Tuesday timesuck: An amazing, totally-free synth app for your iPad that’s as close to sorcery as it gets

The first synthesizers were so big that they took up entire rooms at universities. Later, they became portable because someone figured a way to load them onto railcars.

By the end of the 60s, they were the size of a desk, which made them more manageable but were still a bitch to program. It took another fifteen years before they were small enough, powerful enough, coherent enough, and cheap enough for the average musician to afford one.

Anyone who grew up in the analogue/early polyphonic synth days will look on this new app as something akin to magic and sorcery.

The AudioKit Synth One is a free open-source iPad app that can turn anyone with the right level of curiosity into Kraftwerk. Just look.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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