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Arturia launches the iSEM synth on iPad

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iPad users can now download the iSEM app by Arturia, which is a reproduction of the Oberheim SEM synthesizer.

iSEM reproduces the architecture of the 1974 original synth and can generate a large variety of sounds, including the bass sounds that made SEM famous. Arturia also added its touch with the inclusion of additional features such as a new LFO, an arpeggiator, portamento and more.

The app ships with a more than 500 sound library and if you also own the Arturia SEM V plug-in, you can import and export sounds between the app and the desktop virtual synth.

Main features:

  • 2 oscillators, each with sawtooth waveform and PWM with variable width pulse
  • LFO with sine wave
  • 12dB/octave multimode filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch
  • 2 ADS envelope generators
  • New LFO
  • Noise
  • Sub oscillator
  • Arpeggiator
  • Portamento
  • 8 voice polyphonic playability with programmer module that allows each voice to have different settings
  • HOLD and CHORD modes
  • Virtual Analog chorus and delay
  • Full user MIDI mapping of panel controls
  • Supports WIST sync to other iOS devices
  • Supports AudioBus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7)

The iSEM app is available at the AppStore for $9.99, it requires the iOS 5 and later installed on the iPad 2 and above. You'll find more info and a video tutorial at


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