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This app is a dedicated SoundFont player. This is kind of awesome for SoundFont hackers, but without an App to make SoundFont files on iOS you are limited to whatever you import from other sources. There are a ton of free SoundFonts out there, so you have plenty options there. If you are not into SoundFonts and Samplers there are better and easier ways of making sounds on your iPad. The version 1.4 update has added Virtual MIDI support, greatly extending the usefulness of this app, as it could be used with apps like Genome or SoundPrism Pro.

Reader Comments (7)

Ok, I'll take you up on your request for people to comment.... As an old-school guy who loved Soundfonts (Gravis Ultrasound FTW! -- I've still got the board in an old PC, but it's probably dead now), I was really happy to see a solid implementation. I had been thinking about developing my own -- but then saw the app, and there's no need.

Because it's all sample based, the synthesis has very low CPU demand -- so you can run multiple apps, have multiple sounds, and it all works, even on relatively slow hardware. Animoog is cool -- but it crushes the CPU, and does not play nice with other compute-intensive apps.

The fonts shipped with bs-16i are all over the place, and I particularly like the sound of many of the real instruments. It may be the era I'm from, but they sound good to me. Plus, there are sampled drums, and a bunch of other stuff. The developer is leveraging the treasure trove of fonts out there. I've collected my own sound fonts over the years, and have made a few myself.

So there. I really like it. The app has been rock-solid stable for me, and plays nice with other apps. I'd put it somewhere between awesome and essential. When I'm working on songs, I normally use Logic on my Mac; I'm not a masochist or some sort of idealist who wants an iPad only solution -- but for noodling on the go, this app is loads of fun.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFessaboy

What you get in the download package is a good proof of concept but not as useful as sampleTank. The real strength of BS-16i is that if you can find a sufficiently detailed single-instrument soundFont on the internet and install it into BS-16i via iTunes then you'll have the most accurate and detailed wavetable synthesis available on the iOS platform.

This is my favorite app for grand piano sounds. My favorite soundFont is the AKAI-SteinwayIII grand piano: http://www.sf2midi.com/soundfonts/file-detail/akai-steinwayiii-sf2-363.html

I use BS-16i for piano sound in my videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueMangooSoftware?feature=g-user-u

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenteriFretless

Been using this one a lot lately with genome, Magellan and one additional synth (often Cassini).

The beauty is that it's 16 part mulitimbral. It's unatractive and the way it loads sounds is a little weird but I think you're selling this one short.

August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill


I'm new to all this sounfont stuff.. Anyone has a nice tutorial video how can add soundfonts to my iPad and then use them in the BS-16?


March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarreman

I've never seen a video tutorial for it but.....

All you have to do is find a sf2 file on the net, press the download button, it will open in a new tab in safari, then press the open in button and select bs16i.

The problem is that a lot of the files that are on the net are in compressed formats, in which case you will have to decompress them 1st.

I use an app called Ifiles.

The process then is to open the web link in Ifiles. Unzip it in Ifiles, then open the file in bsi16 from within Ifiles.

Failing which you can always use iTunes on your pc/mac

It's also an Audiobus input which is nice. :)

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

I use iFunbox on my pc to transfer files. There is a video tutorial on this forum thread about how to do it with just an iPad and Goodreader:

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Bs-16i definitely has low CPU overhead - I can play a mess of MIDI files on my iPhone 5 and I'll barely use up a couple of tics. It has a fairly nice set of onboard sounds that cover GM & GS formats. You can export MIDI files as audio files to save or use in other music apps - and I forgot to mention that it's Audiobus-compatible! Oh, and importing SoundFonts, too...!!

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Matthews

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