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REVIEW | Arturia Advances iSEM Synth App To Work With Apple’s All-New Audio Unit Extenstions

Arturia advances iSEM synth app to work with Apple’s all-new Audio Unit Extensions

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GRENOBLE, FRANCE: Music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to advance its award- winning iSEM — an authentic-sounding software recreation of the trailblazing Seventies-vintage Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM) for Apple’s iPad — as one of the first fully-compatible apps for Apple’s all-new Audio Unit Extensions technology, as of November 19, 2015.

Based on the TAE® technology found in our award-winning SEM V software, iSEM faithfully recreates this unique synthesizer and offers a level of sound quality that only Arturia can bring to the iPad.

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Free all the potential of the legendary Oberheim SEM thanks to the Audio Unit Extension. In addition to being compatible with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, iSem can now be launched directly in every Audio Unit host app such as GarageBand, offering you the same comfort and workflow as with a computer-based home studio. No more doubt is allowed, whether it is at home, on the road or on stage, with iSEM your iPad becomes the new core of your setup.

Arturia has added a few new features and some of the extra functionality that people have come to expect from Arturia products. Our 8-Voice Programmer allows you to mimic the polyphonic sounds of the classic 4- and 8-voice versions as well.

 

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The Modulation matrix greatly expands the sonic capabilities of the original. And the effects page, performance page, Apple Inter-App connectivity, Core MIDI, AudioBus: all work together to make iSEM a supreme sonic workhorse and creative force multiplier.

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MAIN FEATURES:

All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM:
– Two oscillators, each with sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM
– Sine wave LFO
– 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch
– Two ADS envelope generators

Added features:
– An additional LFO
   – Noise generator
   – Sub-oscillator
   – Arpeggiator
   – Portamento
   – Modulation Matrix module
   – Advanced Keyboard Follow module

– 8-Voice Programmer module with multiple playback modes
– Onboard effects (overdrive, chorus and delay)
– Hundreds of sounds from some of the world’s best sound designers
– Background audio support
– Inter-App Audio
– Audiobus support
– Supports WIST sync with other iOS devices
– CoreMIDI
– Preset compatibility with the Arturia SEM V Mac/PC software
– Owners of iSEM and SEM V can exchange presets via iTunes file transfer

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Review:

Without a doubt this app kicks major butt! For an extremely low price of $4.99 this beautiful synth app has endless modulations. The presets alone are out of this world and then with all the modification you can make after beginning with a preset will have you playing with the iSEM for hours. The first time I opened the app I couldn’t put my iPad down for at least another hour (I actually was late for an appointment because I got so carried away).

The Arpeggiator is probably my favorite part of the iSEM; being able to change the flow of notes, how many octaves each note goes through and how fast it goes through these tones… you’re able to play one note and a melody is created by the modulation. Each section and modulation of the iSEM (Overdrive, Chorus, Delay, etc..) has wonderful tone too for an iPad based instrument (rather than some outboard gear).

With close to 10 years of being a musician behind me, I highly recommend the iSEM. It is extremely affordable, the tones are certainly mellifluous, the modulations are endless, the presets are unreal and the fact that you can combine this app with a midi keyboard and use it to record some unbelievable tracks is really worth the $5 investment. Arturia, you’ve really outdone yourself, I look forward to continue diving into the application and I am beyond excited to record some wild tracks with the iSEM.

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