Your Gateway to Middle Eastern Sounds, Scales, & Rhythms.
The TAQS.IM Synth allows you to play Middle Eastern sounds, scales and rhythms from your iPhone or iPad.
The app, utilizing the AudioKit framework (audiokit.io), features a multitude of instruments used in both traditional and modern contexts for Arabic, Armenian, Balkan, Greek, Oriental, Persian, Turkish and World Music including wind, string (both bowed and plucked) and synthesizer instrument sounds. It also offers rhythms from various Middle Eastern with various time signatures.
A middle eastern-style scale converter is provided, allowing the player to select quarter tones and microtones in real-time. This allows the player to explore scale and makam based music and play microtonal scales such as Beyati, Hijaz, Hüseyni, Rast, Sabâ and more. Additionally, the player can input in custom scales – calibrating each note by +64 and -64 cents, unshackling them from the equal temperament system.
Over 25 sounds are included such as oud, duduk, saz, baglama, tar along with favorite middle eastern lead synthesizers such as the Casio CZ-101, Oberheim OB-8 and Roland SH-2000. The rhythm player includes some of the more popular rhythms of the middle east such as Ayoub, Baladi, Ciftitelli, and Halay. Odd time-signature rhythms are also available such as 7/8, 9/8 and 10/8 rhythms.
The TAQS.IM synth app is available in the iTunes store for $9.99. Updates and enhancements for the TAQS.IM synth app will be regularly offered in the coming months, including preset settings for certain modal scales (i.e. makam music), more sounds and an enhanced rhythm capability.