Mela 3 – Synth, FX & MIDI by Nikolozi Meladze (Universal)
Released: Mar 22, 2022
Version: 3.1
Size: 6 MB
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Mela 3 – Synth, FX & MIDI

Nikolozi Meladze
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Mela is an intuitive virtual analog synthesizer and multi-effects processor with a streamlined interface. It can be loaded either as an instrument, audio effect or a MIDI processor plug-in inside a host application such as AUM, BeatMaker, Cubasis, GarageBand and Logic Pro.

If you begin working on a track in GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad, and later open the project in Logic Pro on your Mac, then all instances of Mela, Mela FX and Mela MIDI audio units will load just as you left them on your iOS device.

Mela – Synth Audio Unit Extension (AUv3)
- 4 great sounding oscillators
- 2 virtual analog style filters
- 3 envelopes with adjustable level, time and curve parameters
- Envelope modes: sustain, trigger and loop
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs
- Build-in effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, delay and compressor
- Fully featured modulation matrix
- Flexible signal routing options
- Voice modes: monophonic, polyphonic, legato and glide
- Built-in virtual musical keyboard

Mela FX – Multi-FX Audio Unit Extension (AUv3)
- Input section with pan and level controls
- 2 virtual analog style filters
- Effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, delay and compressor
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs
- Envelope follower with peak and RMS modes
- Follower can be driven by the audio unit's normal input or side chain
- Fully featured modulation matrix
- Flexible signal routing options
- Global dry/wet mix and bypass controls

Mela MIDI – MIDI Processor (AUv3)
- 3 modules: Arpeggiator, Pitch and Velocity
- Arpeggiator module has 4 parameters: mode, rate, octave range and note length
- Pitch module transposes notes by up to 24 semitones, in either direction
- Velocity module offsets and randomizes incoming notes' velocities
- Modules can be arranged in any order
- The chain can contain multiple instances of the same type of module
- Modules can be switched on or off
- The build-in virtual musical keyboard can also be used as a MIDI input

- Standard selection of saw, sine, square and triangle waveforms
- Ability to morph between the waveforms or distort them using the shape parameter
- Modern phase distortion algorithm with an additional harmonics parameter
- Harmonics adjusts the richness of the generated waveform and modulating it sounds similar to filter sweeps
- Great sounding noise oscillator, which sounds warmer than pure white noise
- Other features: transposition, tuning, pan and level

- Selection of great sounding self-oscillating resonant filters
- Ability to morph between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass

Modulation Matrix
- Both Mela and Mela FX come with a fully featured modulation matrix
- Most parameters of the audio units can be modulated
- Modulation sources: envelope generators, envelope follower and LFOs
- MIDI sources: velocity, key, mod wheel, aftertouch and pitch bend
- The matrix supports both positive and negative modulation intensities

- Oscillators can be routed to filters in 5 different ways
- FX section can be inserted before filter 1, after it or after both filters

Audio Unit Extension Features
- Customisable Perform View that gives you access to the parameters that you care about most
- Highly flexible layout, makes the best use of the space provided by the host's window
- Preset management with import/export features

Mela App
- Mela can be used by simply launching the app
- Supports all orientations on both iPhone and iPad, including split-screen on iPad
- It can respond to MIDI input from external sources
- Supports background audio

If you enjoy using Mela, please leave a review on the App Store. For any issues, feature suggestions or other support queries, please get in touch.

What's new in version 3.1
- Mela MIDI plug-in’s module chain is no longer static. The modules can be arranged in any order and the chain is allowed to contain multiple instances of the same type of module. Simply press the plus or minus button to add or remove modules from the chain.
- Updated Mela MIDI’s factory presets by removing unused modules.
- Fixed an issue where Mela FX's Compressor parameters weren't being initialized to their default values for the presets that were created using earlier versions of Mela.
- Fixed an issue where nil values of some parameters weren't formatted correctly in some regions.
- Added a workaround to a macOS limitation where the Email Feedback functionality was causing Mela to freeze inside a host.
- Made some minor performance tweaks.
- Updated the User Guide.
Our verdict: Good
  • + Mela 3 – Synth, FX & MIDI is a highly rated app (5-star).
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