WoodSynth by Woodman's Immaculate Maple Syrup Studio (Universal)
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Released: Jan 17, 2021
Version: 1.4
Size: 35 MB
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WoodSynth

Woodman's Immaculate Maple Syrup Studio
WoodSynth is a synthesizer with 4 independent layers. Each layer is in fact a synthesizer on its own.
Each layer has 3 VCO’s plus a samples based source, coming from a file or from recording the audio track.
Up to 16 voices can be set per layer.
Layers can be used in parallel, assigned to a region of the keyboard or used in a sequential mode where the first note(s) on are played by layer 1 and the next note(s) by layer 2 and so on.
This last mode allows to have a different sound per note played (and independent from a keyboard region).
WoodSynth has a polyphonic pitch-bending touch bar which also displays notes received from a keyboard.
Each layer has its own filter and envelope with ADSR per voice, a pitch shifting envelope per VCO, a delay, a basic reverb, a modulator LFO per VCO, 2 general LFO’s and a 16 steps sequencer.
Key tracking can be applied on the ADSR attack and release, on the filter cutoff and on the VCO modulation.


The app can be used stand-alone (device audio input and output) or as a plugin in a DAW.


- IOS plugin type : AUv3 and stand-alone app.

- Has 4 independent synthesizers, each with up to 16 voices.

- Supports MPE.

- Has a polyphonic touch bar with polyphonic pitch bending.

- Velocity, channel pressure, (polyphonic) aftertouch, CC74 can be used to modulate several synth parameters.

- VCO’s have the usual waveforms (sine, saw, square, triangle, pulse and noise) and can be modulated in various ways (FM, AM, Pulse Width, Slew rate)

- Samples can be recorded from the audio input/track or loaded from file (sample files should be in the WoodSynth iCloud folder)

- Each voice has a 4-pole Moog Lowpass filter with resonance and ADSR envelope.

- An offset can be set in the Filter cutoff for the R channel to create a stereo effect.

- Each voice has a pitch shifting ADSR envelope which can be independently enabled for each VCO.

- Has Key tracking for VCO pan, Filter cutoff, ADSR Envelope Attack and Release.

- Each layer has a delay unit (which can be separately panned) and a basic reverb.

- Each layer has a 16 steps sequencer which can run on multiple voices (poly mode).

- Each layer can set the midi channel and range of receiving midi notes (which allows for up to 4 split keyboard regions).

- Layers can be set in sequential mode : first note(s) played on layer1, next note(s) on layer2, etc.
- Layers have an additional high-pass filter saturation and crush control.

- Synth audio and delay can be panned independently.

- Supports Ableton Link to sync tempo and start-stop.

- Has 4 User Control rotaries which can be freely assigned.

- The User Controls can be controlled by a midi CC which can be set or learned.

- Presets can be stored in iCloud Drive (makes them available on all your devices).

What's new in version 1.4
- Added multi out busses in AUv3 (bus 1 -> mix , bus 2 -> layer 1 , …, bus 5 -> layer 4).
- Added layer Lock buttons : allows to keep sequencer, arpeggiator or chord running without changing when playing notes in another layer.
Also the Glide and Legato function are locked, the keyboard mods (pressure, etc) are not locked.
- Added midi send to DAW (was only to external) + on/off controls for sending to external and/or DAW in Advanced Settings.
- Added Sequencer note-on/off midi send (set midi chan in Advanced Settings).
- Browsing to a preset or sample file outside the WoodSynth folder will now copy the file into the WoodSynth folder.
- “add preset” of a (modified) factory preset will drop the “factory/“ so that the preset is not saved in the factory folder.
- When iCloud is NOT used, the standalone app will copy the presets and sample files into a shared (App Group) folder to make them available for the AUv3 plugins (copy is done only when starting up the standalone app)
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Good
  • + WoodSynth is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + WoodSynth is currently ranked #180 in paid Music apps for iPad.
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