PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Nave Brings Wavetable Synthesis to the iPad

Nave 1Welcome back to another edition of PadGadget’s Sound Stage. Every week, we bring you news and information on apps and accessories that we think musicians will love. Last week, we told you about a new feature that will appear in the upcoming iOS 7. We still don’t know exactly what “Inner-app audio” is, but we are looking forward to finding out.

This week, we want to tell you about a new synthesizer app by Waldorf Music. Nave is an advanced wavetable synthesizer that was created by the chief engineer and director of Waldorf Music Stefan Stenzel, alongside NLog creator Rolf Wohrmann, and designer Axel Hartmann.

The synthesizer wavetable app features more than 500 hundred presets from acclaimed sound designers, including Richard Devine, Sacha Dikiciyan (of Sonic Mayhem fame), Laurence Rapaccioli (Arksun), David Boldini (7 Skies), and Fletcher Kaufman (Sunsine Audio), and more.

The Nave features two wavetable oscillators with a wide spectrum of possible synthesizer sounds, which can be transposed independently of their pitch while waves can be rendered in a wide variety of ways.

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While this behemoth of an app may seem like it is too much power for a beginner, it has been designed to be user friendly so that musicians new to the synthesizer genre won’t feel intimidated to experiment with the different sounds and waves. For those musicians who already know what they are getting into, you can take advantage of the app’s integrated speech synthesis, audio file analysis, and a multitude of factory wavetables that are included with the app.

You can create your masterpiece with either the classic keyboard, the “Blades” dynamic trigger XY grid for true polyphonic modulation.

Nave is available in the App Store for $19.99.

Check out the video demonstration below to see Nave at work. Click here if you are having trouble seeing the demo.

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