Beginnings

Sunrizer first debuted on iPad and instantly set a new platform standard thanks to its great sound quality and refined interface. Many artists are using it live and in studio, and after multiple requests the iconic iOS synth is now available on the Mac. All your silky pads, thick synths, biting leads, ground-shaking basses - Sunrizer does them easily, its own way.

A classic with a twist

Sunrizer is built upon a familiar subtractive synth design – but with a distinct character and a host of unique features. It starts with two oscillators and two sub-oscillators that deliver all of the basic waveforms and a perfect emulation of JP-8000 “supersaw”, with pulse width, frequency and ring modulation plus a lush unison mode. The oscillators are fed into two powerful filters with serial or parallel routing, offering traditional low-, high- and band-pass modes as well as comb, resonator, waveshaper, and frequency shifter algorithms – and more. To set all this in motion, Sunrizer has two ADSR envelopes and two LFO generators that can modulate virtually any parameter.

Master of effects

Sunrizer has a very flexible effects section which boasts an input crossover filter that lets you apply them only on a specific part of the spectrum. There is a total of four effect modules – the first includes silky-smooth chorus, phaser and rotor algorithms alongside distortion, followed by stereo delay, two-band equalizer and a spacious and highly tuneable reverb. Yet with all this power Sunrizer still keeps the processor load low, thanks to heavy code optimizations.

Powerfully live

Where the Sunrizer’s sound engine ends, the fun only starts. First off, each patch has two sets of parameters and the synth lets you morph between them – as smoothly or as wildly as you wish. Sunrizer also sports an arpeggiator that has fully programmable sequences and supports per-note transposition and randomization – together with chord memory it allows you to create elaborate yet finely controllable single- or multi-finger passages.

Polished simplicity

Despite such an extensive feature list, Sunrizer has a single-screen design with finely crafted graphics that especially look gorgeous on Retina screens. All of its building blocks are logically arranged and easily accessible, with each individual parameter carefully calibrated. This lets Sunrizer give you a mix of utter pleasure and great productivity that is lacking in most unnecessarily overcomplicated synths.



Specifications

  • Bespoke synth engine with 24 voice polyphony and very low processor load.
  • Two oscillators with multiple waveform types, hard-sync, pulse width modulation.
  • Oscillator mixer with ring modulator and separate noise source.
  • Per-oscillator unison function with variable detune and spread.
  • Two separate filter units with serial or parallel operation and 16 different algorithms each: low-, high- and band-pass, notch, comb, formant I/II, all-pass, power low- and band-pass, waveshaper, resonator, resampler, low-pass + resampler, frequency shifter, analog low-pass.
  • Two ADSR envelope generators.
  • Two LFO generators with sine, triangle, saw, square, sample & hold and random
  • waveforms; variable phase, fade-in time and different trigger modes.
  • Master effects including chorus, phaser, rotor, EQ, delay and reverb.
  • Arpeggiator with deep sequencing capabilities.
  • Chord memory function.
  • A-B parameter morph feature: essentially two synth patches in one.
  • Factory sound bank with over 400 preset patches; full patch compatibility with the iPad version.

Audio demos

Highlights

  • Single-screen interface
  • Perfect emulation of JP-8000 supersaw
  • 16 filter types
  • Total morphing of all parameters
  • Arpeggiator with deep sequencing capabilities
  • CPU friendly
  • Tons of prestes

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
  • AU compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

In the press...

Virtual analogue synths are now all over the App Store, but this is one of the best. The most important thing is the sound... and it’s great. – MusicRadar

Thick, beautiful, virtual analog sounds. Transparent interface. Excellent value. – PCMag

This really is the synth that keeps on giving! Inspiration and intuition truly blend together in this musical instrument. – Alan Parsons (App Store review)

Sunrizer is the first truly mature polyphonic synth for the iPad, a real, smooth and powerful sounding option for all sorts of stage and studio performances. – Mark Jenkins, author “Analog Synthesizers”

And even more

Beautiful Sunrizer improvisation #1

Beautiful Sunrizer improvisation #2

7 minutes with Sunrizer