Animoog Z takes Moog’s wavetable synth app into the third dimension

Moog’s first professional synth for iOS gets a big update after a decade on the app store.

Moog Animoog Z

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Moog has overhauled its first professional synth for iOS devices with Animoog Z, a wavetable synth which takes a dimensional and visual approach to sound design.

Animoog Z represents sounds in the form of colourful glowing orbs, which dance and orbit in a 3D space. It builds on the visual-driven approach of the Animoog synth; this version adds a Z-Axis to the 16-voice polysynth.

According to Moog, its Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE) makes use of an “orbit system to expand the concepts of wavetable and vector synthesis” which in turn allows for “dynamic navigation through the app’s X, Y, and Z axes for evolving and layered sound.”

With emphasis placed on both the visual and sonic side of things, Moog believes its app to be an enticing package for both professional musicians and beginner synthesists alike. And to show off the capabilities of synth, the brand partnered with veteran synthesist Suzanne Ciani, who penned a new song Currents with the Animoog Z and a Buchla modular synth.

“The interface is a hands-on dream. It’s alive with a vibrant spatial sound that blends in with my quadraphonic Buchla perfectly,” Ciani said in a statement “I love its playability, being able to tune the scale and glide over the sensitive keyboard where any note brings awesome expression. A bass note can rouse a crowd—it couldn’t be more compact and road-worthy.”

Animoog Z is available for iPad, iPhone and Mac in the AUv3 format as well as through a VST wrapped for DAWs supporting AUv2, AUv3 and VST3. It’s priced at an introductory rate of $9.99 for now.

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