The ultimate orchestra sound app for sophisticated musicians by award-winning sound designer Kurt Ader, designed as professional sound module for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by connecting an external MIDI keyboard, using the Apple USB camera adapter or another adapter supported by Apple.¹
iSymphonic Orchestra was designed with the goal to deliver you superb, extremely realistic and stunning orchestra sounds, instantly with the first key being pressed by you on your MIDI keyboard. Just select a sound and you are ready for your live performance or for a boost of creativity while composing new songs.
This app supports Apple's Audio Unit v3 plugin standard (iOS 9 or higher), Audiobus (iOS 7 or higher), Apple's Inter-App Audio system (iOS 7 or higher), as well as the JACK Audio Connection Kit (up to iOS 6.1.3) for audio & MIDI connections from/to other audio apps !
¹ The adapter and / or the MIDI device you connect must be supported by the iPad / iPhone operating system in order to be able to use it with this app. To our knowledge there is currently no official list of supported devices by Apple. We recommend you to check whether your MIDI keyboard is supported by your iOS version, by using our MIDI monitor app MIDI Wrench, which is free! (For more informations please refer to the iSymphonic User Manual ...)
The sounds used in this app were explicitly recorded to fulfill these requirements and involved several months of recording and post processing under supervision of Kurt Ader and included a variety of innovative, new recording techniques. So far these sounds were only available to very few, famous movie composers. Now they are finally available for the first time to everybody. The supreme quality of these sounds, combined with the unique way they were recorded and assembled, gives us confidence that you haven't heard anything comparable as of to date, even not on Mac or PC.
25 Sounds included with base App:
Along to those 25 sounds included with the base app, there are 238 additional sounds bundled with 12 optional sound sets, available to you as 12 optional in-app purchases within the app. Find out more ...
iSymphonic Orchestra was designed as intuitive iOS app for your Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Simply connect your external MIDI keyboard with your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch and enjoy playing world-class orchestra sounds. Even though iSymphonic Orchestra allows configuring various aspects, there is no configuration whatsoever required though to use and play it immediately.
The following is an overview of iSymphonic Orchestra app's main features:
Use the app's velocity curve editor to fine tune the feeling of triggering notes on your external MIDI keyboard. Save your velocity curves as presets, so you can easily restore them in case you are using more than one MIDI keyboard.
You are on the road with no "real" MIDI keyboard around? No problem, just scale the virtual on-screen piano keyboard with two fingers to the size preferred by you and scroll it with one finger to the keyboard section or octave you want to play on. The resize and scroll features were implemented in a way which never will occur accidently while you are intending to play notes on the virtual keyboard.
iSymphonic Orchestra includes support for Hermode Tuning, which makes the sound even more brilliant by controlling the pitch of the notes slightly and gently in multivoiced music in real-time for achieving better frequency ratios than with fixed tuning. This dynamic tuning algorithm imitates the tuning behavior of well educated musicians of i.e. orchestras and choirs. You can enable and disable Hermode Tuning at any time and you can fine tune the impact of its frequency corrections.
The Hermode Tuning screen is also an excellent tool for learning or teaching this professional playing technique with real life instrument players and singers, since you are able to watch how Hermode Tuning adjusts the individual active notes in its frequencies and in which degree.
MIDI Player / Recorder
iSymphonic Orchestra comes with a built-in multi-part and multi-track MIDI player and recorder, which you can use for easy and quick recording your musical ideas without launching and configuring a separate app or external devices. Here is a summary of its features:
You are however not limited to the built-in MIDI player / recorder of course. If you prefer, you can also use any other third party Audio Unit capble or Inter-App Audio capable sequencer or DAW app like i.e. Apple's Garage Band for recording your orchestral playings or simply for using iSymphonic Orchestra as virtual orchestra sound generator in your favorite AU host app, IAA host app or Audiobus compatible app.
Polyphony & Supported DevicesSounds in this app are using several voices per note. This is technically required to resemble the natural and living impression of the overall sound. The maximum polyphony depends on the exact device model being used.
Appropriate polyphony is automatically detected and selected for your specific device model by the app for you. If desired however, you can override the polyphony setting manually in the app's settings screen. For example to save CPU head room for other apps running in the background.
Minimum requirement for using iSymphonic Orchestra is an iPad 1st generation, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3rd generation. However due to the very limited amount of polyphony that can be achieved on them, we recommend to use at least an iPad 2nd generation, iPhone 4S or iPod touch 5th generation or higher with this app.
Please Note: This app requires quite some hardware resources from the device. In case there are problems with this app, please close apps in the background by double pressing the device's home button, the list of active apps appears on the bottom of the screen, tap and hold one app icon in the list, then press the respective app icon "minus" corner to quit those apps.
² The marked younger device models actually support a much higher polyphony than listed above, due to performance reasons however the polyphony is throttled to 140 stereo voices by default. You may override this and increase the polyphony on such device models by accessing the app's settings screen.
iSymphonic Orchestra is currently available for the following mobile devices. In case you encounter any problems while using this app, please report it to us by using the contact form at the end of this page.
For more detailed information about iSymphonic Orchestra, please refer to the iSymphonic User Manual ...
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