Nope. It is an app. That’s right, an app called Caustic. The gent (Rej) over at SincgleCellSoftware.com really nailed it with this one and all it’s power is available right in your pocket.
Also, extremely handy on touch-screen tablets, Caustic puts the world of synthesizers in a nice neat bow for a mere $9.99. They even have a Volca Sampler editor, so you can add your samples directly into your Volca via your phone! Trust me, you won’t miss the ten bucks. I had to look up how much it even cost because of how often I use it. To download from the Play store please click on the link in this paragraph.
Quick side note – if you like free/inexpensive music-making applications, DO NOT miss out on VCV Rack!!
I must admit, I am a sucker for step sequencers, but this one is different. With it’s easy UI, you’ll find yourself making tunes in mere moments with Caustic’s 14 built-in ‘rack mount’ synthesizers. Each of the 14 Modules boasts a crazy number of presets, which all have maneuverability amongst machine parameters (LFO, VCA, Phase, Etc.). I own hardware synths (Moog’s Mother 32 and DFAM, Korg’s Volca Sample, SQ1 and MS20MINI, to name a few) out the yang but always find myself gravitating back towards Caustic. I think it allows me to ground myself and really get back to basics. It allows one the ability to set up structure when running short on ideas. I would trade the Piano Roll in Logic for Caustic any day of the week.
Caustic; Your Music Making Best Friend, even comes with it’s own software for syncing samples to a Korg Volca sampler. How badass is that?? I am yet to really try it though, as I primarily utilize Vosyr to import samples to my Volca, but it is still good to know I have the Caustic tool ready and waiting for me at the drop of a hat.
It is handy to know some music theory when approaching this step-sequencer based application and music making best friend. A lack of knowledge in that area won’t hinder you necessarily, but having some prior experience will go leaps and bounds in this platform. For example, I love to create chords and chord progressions across various instruments. Let’s say I’m writing a Major chord across instruments. The root would logically be on a low-end bass-type sample. The Major third will have a mid-range tonal quality. The Minor third up top will be a plucky, or high-range tone. Now, take that concept and add it to a chords progression. You will not be disappointed with the results!
In the end, it’s a super fun toy to noodle with and I cannot recommend it enough, regardless of skill level. Beginner to Maestro, you will find Caustic to be a beneficial tool to add to your arsenal.
Check out a track I made solely with Caustic here – www.soundcloud.com/chuckwny/eegc-21019