I'm a total newb when it comes to music production on an iPad. You mentioned that you have "a 2-in/2-out audio interface." They're both $20 USD. ... but to be honest I always found the DSI multitimbral implementation to me a bit clunky and not that fun to use. Ive actually yet to try this and have just explored programming sounds. Dave Smith is considered a legendary figure in the synthesizer world, he founded Sequential Circuits and designed such classics as the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS, and he was a pioneer in bringing MIDI to synthesizers. Their flagship instrument, it's a four-voice synthesizer (essentially four complete Evolvers) with a 5-octave keyboard, pitch and mod wheels, and a ton of knobs and switches in a clean, clear, easy-to-navigate layout. (too noisy) I think i'm going to sell my volca keys and look out for a desktop evolver. Evolver is a very flexible instrument. It's about value. I also have a 2-in/2-out audio interface. However, I feel the interface is limited. Post by DLovas » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:45 pm I've got like 1000$ and evolvers are all over the place for around 700 and a Fizmo is rare and like 1000. The Mopho and Evolver have the same DCO, and same curtis 2/4-pole resonant low pass filter. Since you're already considering the Blofeld and are using an iPad, just buy Nave if you don't have it already. DSI Evolver vs. Ensoniq Fizmo. If you have a hub, you MIGHT be able to use iConnectMIDI2+ at the same time. So far, my only iPad synth is Cassini. I'm not as slutty as most of you on here due to my tight budget constraint. The Evolver features dual analogue low-pass filters that are hardwired to the left and right signal paths. I need to be able to find it used for under $200, so unfortunately the KP3+ is not an option and neither is an Eventide H9. Hey there! I use an Arturia KeyLab25 to control the iMac and an Arturia Beatstep for the the iPad. While this provides a wide range of operational possibilities, it also means that you can put Evolver into a state where it doesn’t seem to work. Actually Blofeld is 16-part multi-timbral so you can use it for crazy thing like drums. I'm almost finished completing my studio. It would lower the costs for both customers and DSI. I love the sounds - very much my style of sounds when it emulates analog. DSI Evolver Manual; Review in de Sound on Sound; The Definitive guide to Evolver Een uitgebreide beschrijving van de Evolver, inclusief vele handige tips; DoCTs Webpagina met diverse geluidsfragmenten van de Evolver; Evolver Wave Dump Utility Programma om golfvormen in de digitale oscillators te laden. If you don't already have one, the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) from Apple will let you connect lots of USB devices to your iPad. As the first product made by Dave Smith Instruments, the Evolver is a hybrid monophonic synth that marks the return of Dave Smith to the world of hardware synthesizers. Thus, Oscillators 1 and 3 pass through the left filter, 2 and 4 through the right filter. Thanks Ian. Pulse can do chords paraphonically and would be more comfortable doing the analog-y stuff while still being able to do some really wild stuff, just not as wild as the blofeld. Out of those only Blofeld is polyphonic (well, Keys is kind-of polyphonic), so if you are after strings and pads it's your only choice. With your USB audio interface you can use the iPad for effects. I agree. I want to finish off my setup with an external piece of desktop size gear and possibly an effects processor. The Dave Smith Instruments Evolver has an average rating of:4.5 out of 5. I've been seriously thinking about getting Nave, but can't decide between that and the WaveGenerator. Choice of quality, robust, one default, barring buttons easily monitor during transport. Is the effects section of the Evolver any good compared to say a KP3? I don't have one, so I'm a little fuzzy on that. Based on your list I would go for the blofeld, esp. VSE Review Contributor Posts: 1547 Joined: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:10 am. Thanks. You guys are getting me more interested in the Evolver. In 2005 Dave Smith Instruments released their third Evolver - The Poly Evolver. I would get the evolver and the editor for iPad. Evolver; Reviews + Dave Smith Instruments Evolver. DSI Evolver Synthesizer Gets iPad Patch Editor. How do you feel about the Mopho? You haven't considered a waldorf pulse 2 or rocket? The PEK's voice structure is unchanged from that of the other Evolvers, so for more details, head for those older SOS reviews. (1) Waldorf Blofeld - (...) I love the sounds. It's the only one out of those that I really miss, which is amazing because I absolutely hated the control layout. Incidentally, I ordered from DSI, they have sent me gratis. In the last month on Ebay, there has been two Evolver's sell for $330, and one for $360. This is still a difficult one for me to decide. I think the Blofeld is the more flexible synth although you're obviously limited by number of knobs (but same for the desktop Mopho). But you can definitely use your iPad for effects processing of synths. Of the 4 synths that you mention, only the Blofeld and Evolver deserve your consideration. I record hardware synths into the iPad, and it doesn't feel like I'm using a computer. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Don't rush, and you'll find one for less than $400. That's not bad at all. (1) Waldorf Blofeld - I've seen them used for about $375-400 USD. Already had the volca bass and was quite impressed with it in terms of value for money, but I feel the keys is much more limited and less usable. I have an iPad connected to an iMac via iConnectMIDI2+. Connect that to your iPad instead of your Mac via USB. Unless something has changed in the last few weeks I've seen them sell a lot cheaper than you suggest on eBay..more like $300... there's no contest between the two: The Evolver can do the same sounds of the Mopho plus much, much more. The Mopho has a sub. How could I route a signal in and out of the same connection on an iPad? I don't think there's anything you can do with the Blo that you can't do with Nave. Having owned (and sold) almost every one of the synths you're looking at, i'd probably have to recommend the Evolver. Lastly, if I have enough money left for an effects unit, what would you recommend? i recently bought one impulsively. Start with the AUFX bundle and then wait for the Black Monday app sales in Nov. Volca Keys is fun, but you'll wish you had saved the money for one of the others. SoundTower has introduced Evolver Editor, a dedicated iPad patch editor for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver synthesizer. The rocket is a really wild analog mono. Released in 2002, Evolver is the first instrument to come from Dave Smith Instruments. (The Dave Smith Instruments Evolver has a total of 31 reviews). For the audio interface, you will probably need a powered USB hub, since iPad won't want to power the interface from its own battery. Here are some hints: 1) How do I save a Program? I've always wondered how difficult it would be for DSI to design and sell voice upgrade kits for the PEK in groups of +4 instead of us having to buy an external rack unit.