LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer

LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer

By Living Memory Software

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2017-03-07
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 50.37 MB
  • Developer: Living Memory Software
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 5
From 53 Ratings


LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iOS devices, optimized for modern 64 bit CPUs and capable of delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds. LayR's primary sound components are called Performances where a Performance is a set of Instruments and each Instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of any number of instruments each with its own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Each Instrument can consist of any number of Layers to a maximum of 128. Each Layer has a dual oscillator that can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters, a wave folder and a mixing section to blend oscillators and filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (frequency, amplitude and phase) there are two Low Frequency Oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. Two loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a second to over 100 seconds, an amplitude ADSR and a random number generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating massive pads and huge spacy ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles. Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage LayR is equally at home in the studio. An extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets are included which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths. LayR sports almost unparalled and extremely flexible MIDI control. Every parameter in the synth engine can be assigned to any MIDI Control Change number and parameters spread across multiple Layers can be grouped and controlled by a single MIDI cc with assignable range and direction. There is also an 8 track, 16 step Arpeggio Sequencer which can be used to create all sorts of exciting polyrhythmic looped patterns or even ambient generative music. Each track can have it's own speed, playback mode and length. On top of all that LayR has a MIDI Controller Mixer that can be used during performance to control the synth engine in real time and can also transmit MIDI cc's from LayR's output port to other destinations. Full IAA, Audiobus, Audio Unit and Link compatibility means LayR can be used with all hosts and other music apps on iOS and desktop DAWs.



  • Great stand alone, horrible AUV3

    By Strizbiz
    As a stand alone, love it, great sounds and features, as an Audio Unit, it’s the worst. It crashes 99% of the time, especially in GarageBand and never remembers the preset that was used.
  • Remarkable

    By Dr. Shmorgosbo
    Outstanding! Full of rich presets that are fun to tweak. Very easy to create new patch’s by layering preset sounds from the large library that is provided. My hat is off to you.
  • Significantly Powerful

    By ZenLizard
    90% of synth apps are clones of classic hardware including classic hardware limitations, with maybe a nod or two to the current platform. This app courageously goes a completely different route. And it is a powerhouse. A great sounding powerhouse.
  • One of the best

    By therockhopper
    Buy this and lose all your free time. But you’ll be having fun.
  • Massive !

    By TMMM333
    Hands down, THE best synth app available. Love the update with the manual and ability to zoom in.
  • Good concept but...

    By AltGrendel
    My biggest frustration is that the MIDI assignment dialogue will pop up when I’m trying to fine tune a parameter. It make this app hard to work with.
  • More updates more problems

    By andy_marks
    On the newest update it will work then stop working.I will be using a preset but then it stops working.I press the keys on the piano but no sound.This update was a screw job!
  • Shocking!

    By BozoToo
    V. 1.2 is utterly shocking. I hooked my iPad Pro up to my audio system and dug in. As I poked around the new features and presets, I found myself slack-jawed with the old “deer in the headlights” look hanging on my face. The audio quality is so good (even when generating massively dense and complex sounds) it will make you consider going celibate just to spend more time with this instrument. I was so stunned that I just had to put it away (for a few minutes, anyway). Once I caught my breath I got right back into it. Imagine having something like 24 (or more) Yamaha CS-80s all stacked up and under your direct control. Yeah ...that’s about what its like. In one way, this is a complex beast. But in another, it is fairly simple. The complexity comes largely from the duplication of basic synthesizer into layers and layers into performances. It is easy to get overwhelmed with what happens when you begin combining all of these elements. But ultimately the synth voice architecture and the way LayR manages its various levels is eminently logical and clear. The new performance features are fantastic. Patch management is easy and logical. Modulation matrix adds new flexabilty. The arpegiator was already great; now it’s better. The new manual is a great addition and finally, labeling the individual synthesizer controls was a feature that was badly needed. With all of these new additions, LayR is basically uh ...well, I guess I have to say it: a perfect keyboard synthesizer. Is there a way to award 10 stars on the ap store?
  • This is it❣️ My favorite synthesis app❣️

    By Eriptron
    The only way this could be better would be if it was a virtual machine in my brain! I bought LayR when it first came out earlier this year but I was a little overwhelmed and the UI didn't click with me at first so I worked with other synth apps. Then after working with the likes of the Model 15, KASPAR, then back to Magellan and then came Kauldron. Then just last week I bought FoldR still not remembering that I already had LayR After studio FoldR I then fired up LayR for the first time since I got it and now it was like a Duck to water. At first I was creating a lot of 'digital noise' until I remembered what the help with FoldR said. 'Small' adjustments. Then I did something I don't usually do. I didn't start with any presets. I was amazed what a single instrument with three synths (two closed from a first) and just destined then enough until the audio started phase rolling creating a secondary pattern. Basically the 'most' of the rest of the synth settings were the defaults. This 'seriously' impressed me! After that there was no stopping me. lol I made a 90 second recording of that first instrument w/the 3 layers and then I just let it evolve over time and then recorded an 'evolved' 3 minute version. By 3am I had a total of 7 instruments, collectively containing 16 layers (or synthesizers). Panning placement of the voices became very important, as well as segregating like sound textures to avoid making audio mud. Aside from the need for a better remix I am quite pleased with my first real piece of music using LayR and FoldR as a downstream FX using AUM. I even played portions of the two previous recordings back into the final mix for some very interesting, cyclic/evolving sound patterns. Using my Roland RD-2000 as a keyboard controller is sweet❣️ I place my iPad Pro where the sheet music goes running LayR and FoldR. Early this morning I started playing with some of the instrument presets. They are all 'quality' patches and a whole lot of fun. LayR truly frees us from hardware synths since this concept isn't practicable physically.
  • Creativity Inspiring

    By Hiko303
    Totally awesome in its depth and ability to create very complex, rich sounds in an interface that is remarkably intuitive for the power that it has. Plenty of great presets to get you started, too. Highly recommended!