Best iPad/iPhone iOS Synth Apps at App Store

In past years we observed a fast evolution of mobile apps in the music production field. Many music software companies began to make music production apps that can run on mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad. Some popular VST plugins are now available for your tablet or phone and the main advantage offered besides mobility is a much lower price of this apps.

Bellow you will find a selection with the most powerful synth apps available for the iOS platform:

Nave by Waldorf Music

Nave by Waldorf Music

Nave is the next generation “Wavetable Synthesis” developed by chief engineer and 
director Stefan Stenzel, NLog mastermind Rolf Wöhrmann and Design Guru Axel Hartmann. This synth app features some awesome effect that can be used to edit, disort, modulate the sound: modulation delay, flanger, phaser, reverb, EQ and compressor.


  • Keyboard with adjustable size, scrolling and glissando modes
  • Blades with musical scales and optional chord mode
  • Polyphonic X/Y finger modulation on keyboard and blades
  • Modulation Wheel and Pitch Bender
  • Up to 3 X/Y Control Pads
  • Four Track Recorder with clip based editing
  • Core MIDI in / out support
  • MIDI device manager for external hardware and virtual connections
  • Sync to MIDI Clock or WIST
  • MIDI Learn
  • Audiobus compatible
  • Background Audio
  • Arpeggiator
  • Polyphonic Unisono
  • Speech Synthesizer for Wavetables
  • 3D Wavetable Editing
  • Generation of Wavetables from external audio files
  • BeatMaker & Sonoma Audio Copy / Paste Support
  • Patch Management with unlimited user banks and categories
  • Import / Export audio and sound patches from iTunes

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Price: $19.99 | Nave

iVCS3 by apeSoft

iVCS3 by apeSoft iOS Synth

The iVCS3 synth app features 3 oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Price: $14.99 | iVCS3

iProphet by Arturia

iProphet by Arturia

iProphet is created by Arturia and recreates the unique sound of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet VS synthesizer. The Prophet VS’s rareness and classic digital sound make it a mainstay for those who can find them and a seemingly out or reach dream for those who cannot. The sound of this synth app is purely classic crisp digital sound that easily stands on its own, but at the same time is the perfect compliment to the sound of analog synthesizers. It brings the crystaline vintage sound of four digital oscillators and allows sculpting them using a creamy & warm multimode filter. You can morph the sound of the 4 oscillators using the joystick or the vector mode and the vector envelope. Read more details about this synth at App Store.

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Price: $9.99 | iProphet

Z3TA+ by Cakewalk

Z3TA+ iOS iPad Synth

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. First available as VST plugin, now you can Z3TA+ synth on your mobile device to create new sounds.


  • Includes over 500 presets
  • User-friendly on-screen Keyboard and external MIDI
  • Waveshaping synthesis with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFOs, and more
  • Modulation Matrix including 16 Sources, Curves, Controls, and Destinations
  • Advanced modular effects including Distortion, Mod, Compression and more
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo, assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and Adaptive Pitch Bend
  • Inter-App Audio, Background Audio, and Audiobus support
  • Import Z3TA+ presets from iOS, or Z3TA+ 2 Plug-in, available on Windows & OS X
  • Import User Waves, MIDI Arps, Scala Tuning files, and presets via iTunes Sharing
  • Export Z3TA+ iOS presets via AirDrop, or email
  • Scala Tuning support

Ass above apps Z3TA+ synth is compatible with iOS 7.0.

Price: $19.99 | Z3TA+

Thor by Propellerhead

Thor by Propellerhead

Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips. This synth is optimized for touch control and the iPad screen. he app is divided into three main screens: Keyboard, Knobs and Routing.


  • Play Reason’s Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on the iPad.
  • Load any of the 1000+ expertly crafted synth patches, or create your own from scratch.
  • Create your sounds using a palette of multiple oscillator and filter types.
  • Play Thor using an expressive touch interface keyboard with aftertouch and strumming.
  • Collapse the keyboard to a key and scale of your choice, just like in Figure.
  • Move your favourite patches from the iPad to your computer and use them with Thor in Reason

Price: $14.99 | Thor

This selection of synth apps is what are in our view the best synthesizers for iOS devices in this days. If you have other apps to recommend please leave a comment bellow.

Also see: Best Drum Machines for iPad

2 thoughts on “Best iPad/iPhone iOS Synth Apps at App Store

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    Stefan Gisler says:

    Yes, these are very great synth-apps but for using live only “Thor” and “nave” has MIDI Program Change for changing Presets from another Device/App (Midi-Patchbay, Masterkeyboard etc.). In “Z3TA+” you need -/+ buttons. Also as a good example for a standard MIDI-Implementation there should be at least also “Sunrizer” in this list.

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      roberto says:

      you are the only one in the web that says that thor accepts program change to change its presets. can you confirm that? in the manual there’s nothing. and in many forums they say that there ins’t this function.

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