We recently wrote about a 48 track digital audio recorder that runs on iPads, and used it to illustrate just how powerful these tablets have become. And now here's more proof that we're moving into desktop territory with these portable powerhouses
Propellerheads' Reason is probably the most poweful virtual studio availble on the Mac and PC, and Thor is their flagship synth, incorproating just about every type of synthesis from the last fifty years. It's a complex beast and one which you might imagine would take a hefty chunk of desktop or laptop processing power.
So it was a complete surprise to us to find that this absoultely huge (and huge-sounding) synth has been ported to the iPad, complete in every detail - with the addition of finger-friendly features to allow it to be used creatively on a tablet.
Six types of synthesis
It retains the six types of synthesis and four filter types from the desktop edition. It's been adapted to let you set up the complex routing and matrix operations with your finger tip. And the sound is just the same: very big, and very versatile.
One of the things about Thor for iPad is that any patches you create can be carried across to the desktop version. So you can experiement with new sounds on the train (that Propellerheads really want to you understand this is quite clear from their video) and incorporate them with your full Reason productions when you get home or to your studio.
This kind of synth would cost upwards of $2,000 if it were made from hardware. That it works at all on an iPad might not actually be a miracle, but that it only costs around $15, is.