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Introducing iOptigan! An Optigan for your iPad / iPhone

Posted by peahix on October 31st, 2017

Now available in the iOS app store!
More info at!

In collaboration with Stefan Stenzel of Waldorf, we’re proud to announce iOptigan! It’s an Optigan on your iPad or iPhone, complete with all 40 original discs (25 included with app purchase, an additional 15 via in-app purchase) and all the scratchy lo-fi character and playability quirks of the original. What we didn’t include is all the headaches that tend to go along with the flaky old hardware!

As shown in the video above, you can setup iOptigan with a MIDI keyboard to approximate the playing experience of a real Optigan (chord buttons on the iPad, keys on the keyboard), but there are also additional ways to control iOptigan via MIDI as well as on screen. iOptigan faithfully emulates the unique playback characteristics of the Optigan, ie the “constant loop” of both the chord section and the keyboard. You also get tempo, reverb and balance controls that also behave as the original hardware.

Specifications and Features:

• Disc loading right-side-up or upside-down
• Spring Reverb (virtual)
• Optical Metronome
• Audio Demo for each Disc
• MIDI in/out
• MIDI chord detection
• MIDI File Import
• Sequencer with Record and Playback
• Sharing for songs as Audio and MIDI File
• iTunes File Sharing
• Inter-App Audio
• Smart background audio
• Help overlay
• Headphone optimised stereo (optional)
• Radio Mode for Chord Buttons or Keyboard
• Comfortable speed control in semitones or BPM

Oh, and for those looking for the definitive library of Optigan and related loops for production work, we still offer that, too!

Legal stuff: You may use the iOptigan audio loop content (“Audio Content”), contained in the iOptigan Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original soundtracks (ie derivative works) for your video and audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual samples, sound sets or audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound libraries, sound effects or music beds.

3 Responses to “Introducing iOptigan! An Optigan for your iPad / iPhone”

  1. jhhl Says:

    Thanks Pea!
    I was going to make one of these myself, but you have both the rights and the materials needed!

  2. Pocket Says:

    Oh wow. What a nice surprise. I’ve been waiting for this ever since I read that you were working on it… however long ago that was. I bought it immediately last night and I’m already having way too much fun with it.

    One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that it doesn’t register when I touch the keys at the very bottom edge. Maybe that portion of the screen is reserved for detecting a swipe up to bring up the dock? Regardless, it lops a fair bit of space off an already-pretty-teeny keyboard, and it’s throwing me off because I instinctively try to press it a lot anyway. Can anything be done about it?

  3. Morly Says:

    Thank you! The app is fantastic and it saves me from finding a machine and then hoping it works…and I can get discs!

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