Studio Apps

Synergy Studio-Review

*Release Date 11-30-2012 expected price $19.99 USD 13.99 GB

Developed by 4PocketsAudio

4PocketsAudio, makers of Aurora Sound Studio and Meteor bring us a unique new program called Synergy Studio. If you’ve seen their Aurora program you’ll notice some similarities. Not to say Synergy is the same, not at all. Synergy is a whole new ball game. 16 tracks, robust automation options, lovely instruments, quality FX with 3 bus sends, Waveform editing, and so much more packed into this fully loaded studio offering.

Personally speaking I’ve never properly bonded with the “Tenori-ish” style interface. Somehow Synergy delivers that style of experience but with a much greater integration of intuitive design and a massive amount of tools. Seriously, this thing is packed to the brim. It has a flow to it that feels more fluid than others of this style. For this interface style, Synergy provides the most comfortable music production environment.

Synergy can do it all. From being used like an instrument, creating simple short patterns, or highly complex layers chaining into a full-blown pro quality production. It can be done. Compose, mix, edit, and master all in one place.

The variety of included preset instruments are many and really have a high-end sound quality to them. No cheap sounding presets, though not exactly stuff we haven’t heard before. All of the presets can be modified in great detail to create a new sound, and then be saved for future use. If that’s not enough, (and really is it ever?) you can of course import your own samples via Dropbox.

Synergy is a fully loaded ride, so I recommend checking 4PocketsAudio for the full detailed list of specs and features HERE

16 tracks is a nice amount of room to work in for an all-in-one mobile studio. It’s a unique environment to produce music in, with the colorful sequencer, buttons full of tools, or sub menus with even further options. It can be a tad confusing at first. Thankfully for those familiar with 4Pockets previous entries into iOS music there will be a lighter learning curve, as much of the menu structure is very familiar. If this is your first shot at their products, don’t sweat it; the app comes packed with many helpful options including a manual. If you can read, you can figure it out.

I’ve been giving Synergy a good workout for a few weeks, and I’m happy to report that so far it’s not crashed once. Hooray for stability! A very important thing to consider when shopping for a complete mobile music studio. Compared to some of the more recent studio apps, Synergy does sound the best.
I can see Synergy being an attractive option for anyone looking for a fresh and complete studio view. Even if you’re not in the market for a whole new studio, Synergy would make a fine addition to your collection as a sequencer, editor, and looper. The sequencing and arpeggiator alone is worth the price of admission. Background audio enabled, MIDI, and direct audio recording add to the many useful options.

Simply put, Synergy is complete. I think it’s 4Pockets’best effort to date.

All things considered, this is potentially a great app. 4 stars, recommended.—See UPDATE below.

Buy Synergy Studio at iTunes, November 30 2012

UPDATED 1-28-13

Synergy Studio now supports Audiobus. A very welcome feature for sure!
As well as having added Audiobus support 4Pockets has addressed stability concerns effecting some users.
There still seems to be some slightly noticeable latency on the “Dots” and the keyboard input making live play a bit challenging for rhythmic players. Generally speaking I’m not having much difficulty with Synergy’s latency with making electronic music less dependent on beats. This may be different for others.
It has some quirks and could use a little more polish overall, but nothing that impedes its functionality.
As with any new music app of this complexity its understandable that there will be things to iron out. I would consider SynergyStudio to be a fine addition to any collection of music apps. With Audiobus support now, having Synergy and Meteor together offers keen advantages and convenience.

Stay tuned.

Studio HD App Review

Studio HD by Sound Trends

The iOS Studio

Review based on use with iPad 1,2 &3

Sound Trends has been a big part of why I make music using the iOS platform since day one. I’ve always enjoyed the apps they make like Looptastic, Gruvtron, and all, but Studio HD is where serious work is done when a full arrangement and production is called for.

With 24 discrete tracks that also include layering multiple audio files in individual tracks, there is no longer any shortage of work space for those larger songs with loads of various sounds, loops, FX, and recorded performances.
Beats are synced effortlessly to match up with the project BPM even if originally wildly different, it still sounds natural.

Studio HD offers a lot more than one might think. You can edit, copy, paste, crop, slice, stretch, and more
It comes packed with 14 quality real time FX controlled by an X/Y touch pad, and each track can hold up to 4 different FX each with its own individual setting.
The FX are very nice, and work great. As usual my only gripe is about reverb, but we all know that’s the devices limitations not the developers. You can also have up to 4 global FX as well.

Audio recording is supported by simply arming a track, and recording either with the devices built in mic, or also iRig Microphone. Other IO hardware is supported as well using the camera adapter.

One of my very favorite features is being able to automate the mix. Faders, FX, panning, etc.
Thanks to a handy multi undo feature anything that might have been an error, can be undone.
There are tons of features and for a full list please check out Sound Trends web page for a complete list and more detail HERE
One of the most important parts of working with iOS music is wireless sharing of files, and projects easily. Studio HD has it all covered with audio copy paste, drop box support, email, Open In, and share to Sound Cloud.
Importing and exporting a recorded performance from other compatible apps is effortless.
iTunes file sharing is also available.
Working in Studio HD is a breeze. It’s just down right fun and easy.
With high quality audio, a fully utilized multi touch interface, the time spent within the app working on a project never feels like work.

Studio HD comes packed with hundreds of pre made loops of various popular genres for free.
Hundreds more are available via in app purchase also. So whether it’s your own, or a pre made loop, they can all be included in the loop library clearly marked and differentiating users loops from the existing library. Auditioning loops during play in a project is also a feature making selections of just the right sound a snap.

This is one packed music production application I find to be indispensable. A truly must have iOS music production app.
Thanks to very attentive developers who have a keen eye on quality and it’s customers needs you’ll never have to worry about getting assistance.
I’ve found most issues some users have experienced to really be operator error.


Studio HD is my first choice for crafting a music project. I used it for more than half of my album Technopolis Lost production with confidence. You are only limited by your own creative drive. Studio HD continues to push forward with capability, and functionality. You can’t go wrong here.

Purchase Studio HD HERE