I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this new synthesizer. Would it be highly inspiring or cheesy? Anyone who buys soft synths or iPad synth apps knows it can be a gamble pushing that “Buy” button.
Right to the point, Sunrizer Synthesizer by Beep Street, a virtual analog synthesizer, arpeggiator, impressed me the first time I pressed a key.
The default preset available at start up is a fantastic ambient pad called “Lifeforms”. I noticed right away how clean the sound was. Its the first thing I look or listen for with any synth. If I hear clicks, pops, or crackling I tend to lose interest on the spot. Not the case here with Sunrizer at all! I ran through the more than 200 preset sounds and spent time with each to hear its quality and listen for anomalies, finding not one on any. They all sounded equally clean. What was just as impressive as the crystal clear audio quality was that the variety of sounds are very extensive. I honestly didn’t find any that I didn’t like. I cant guarantee that feeling for everyone, but I believe most users would be hard pressed to find much to complain about.
Of course you aren’t limited to the high quality preset synth sounds. There are plenty of tweaking possibilities to turn any preset or just general waveforms into a new instrument patch of your very own. Of course Sunrizer supports copy/paste making it a breeze to use with other music apps on the go.
In this screen shot to the left, what you see is what you get. A clean, simple user interface full of responsive virtual knobs to craft your sound to whatever you desire. Play around with the 2 oscillators, mix them up, add white noise or not. Add some more effect with the 2 Filters each with 8 settings, and 2 routing types. Continue on with the 2 LFOs selecting none at all or up to 10 different settings each. There are 2 ADSR control panels, one for the Filters, and the other for the Amp. Also you can morph the modulator with the virtual Mod wheel to the left of the synth screen.
The included FX are Distortion Chorus, Equalizer, a great Stereo Delay suite with sync and cross.
Even with the FX cranked up I still couldn’t detect any compromise in the clarity of the overall sound. Of course this was while adjusting the AMP setting to avoid overloading.
There are loads of features and specs to go over, but I am going to focus on what I think are most important, but if you wish to learn what every little thing Sunrizer offers check out this spec list via the following link: http://appshopper.com/music/horizon-synth