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.


Sounds

Accordion Octave
Clarinet Klezmer
CZ-101 Accordion
CZ-101 Square
DX7 Flute
Duduk Vibrato
Electric Baglama
Farfisa Lead
Garmon Reed
Guitar Jazz
Kanun Bell
Mijwez
MOSS Nay
Ney Hollow
OB-8 Sync
Oud
Piano Kavkaz
Sax 90s
Saz Acousti
SH-2000 Accordion
SH-2000 Violin
Strings Kavkaz
Tar
Trombone Arabic
Zurna Synth
Zurna Turkish

Scales

Hijaz
Hüseyni
Kurdi
Nihavend
Rast
Sabâ

Rhythms

Ayoub
Baladi
Beguine
Ciftitelli
Curcuna
Halay
Malfouf
Maksoum
6/4
6/8
7/8
9/8