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NS1 is a new virtual analogue AU synth for iPad

Thanks to its AU support, NS1 can be used within a compatible host such as GarageBand.
Thanks to its AU support, NS1 can be used within a compatible host such as GarageBand.

Now that GarageBand for iOS supports Audio Unit Extensions, we can expect to see more third-party instruments being released that support the standard. Arturia got the ball rolling with iSEM, and now Nikolozi's NS1 virtual analogue synth has arrived.

This AU-friendly iPad app looks pretty simple: the main oscillator can combine triangle, square and sawtooth waveforms, and there's a separate noise oscillator. Modulation comes courtesy of an envelope and an LFO, while there's also a filter and a stereo delay effect. XY pads let you get hands on with your tweaking, and NS1 can be used as a monophonic or polyphonic instrument.

NS1 is available now priced at £7.99/$9.99, and can be purchased from the Apple App Store.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.