Addictive Synth is a powerful synthesizer app with an intuitive design that enables the fluid creation of huge sounds and incredible arpeggiator patterns.
When first opening Addictive Synth, you’ll arrive at the Filter/Wave screen, which serves as your main portal into the app. On the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the keyboard, a layout that remains consistent as you move between screens. Directly above the keyboard on your right, an 88 key layout that will switch between registers with a quick tap of the screen. To the left, pull down buttons for the synth and the arpeggiator patches allow you to make quick changes.
In the lower left hand side of the screen, you’ve got access to a programmable touch pad that makes some nice tweaks to your sound when you run your fingers across it. In the center if the screen lies one of Addictive Synth’s best features – a wave diagram which can be altered by dragging your finger across the screen. This makes changes to your sound quick and natural without loosing detail or sound quality. Buttons on top of the waveform layout let you alter settings for waves and filters.
In the upper left hand corner of the screen, you’ll find one of the coolest features of Addictive Synth which can be found across the app – a dice roll. Press this button and you’ll get a random choice of pre-programmed settings on the screen – this adds a fun and experimental aspect to the app that generally produces some nice sound varieties.
Below the waveform layout, a host of knobs and buttons make changes between diverse synth parameters quick and pointed. You can balance out layers of six oscillators, make alterations on up to 128 partials, morph oscillator sets, and more. On the right hand side of the screen, you can adjust parameters for three different effects – delay, modulation, and equalization; once again, detail is firmly in the mix here as combination of easily accessible buttons and knobs let you fine tune each effect to your liking.
Arpeggiator controls sit on the left hand side of the screen, enabling arpeggio direction, trigger mode, rhythmic rate, as well as quick tempo changes and swing amount. Addictive Synth lays out an abundant amount of sonic possibilities in the Filter/Wave screen, but the hidden beauty of this window is the smart and fluid interface.