Troublemaker giveaway – 5 copies of Bram Bos’ 303 inspired iOS synth to be won

As I mentioned last week in doing a full review, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and I think this might already be a strong contender for my 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' selection (and, if it's not, then we are in for a heck of a year!). Bram is building an impressive collection of iOS music apps. I reviewed his … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal serve to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...  and I'll leave you with a nice giveaway to think about :-) I wish I could say the trip was something I'm looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is not. We have to travel back the the UK for the funeral of a close family … [Read more...]

Sensual Sax updated – Embertone tweak their smooth sax in an iOS app

Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge and, with limited sample storage, under iOS, it can be even more difficult. When it comes to brass sounds, we have the excellent iFretless Brass and iFretless Sax from Blue Mangoo and Crudebyte's Heavy Brass offers a different take on the genre. However, as I posted a week or so ago, we have a new contender in this specific area  - Sensual Sax - and, while the app is released by Embertone, Hans Anderson and the … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio gets another great update

As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that's well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The … [Read more...]

iOS music apps and Brexit ?!? Not a sentence I thought I’d ever need.

As regular readers here and subscribers to the weekly Music App Blog email newsletter will know, I'm not one to dip too deeply into social and political issues via the blog. I've got my own political opinions (and I'm more than happy to share them with folks when I get asked face-to-face) but the website is - and will remain - a place to talk about iOS-based music technology and not the wider state of the (very small) world upon which we all live. On this occasion, however, we have an iOS … [Read more...]

Drum Session updated – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo add new features to their iOS drum app

We are blessed with some excellent iOS drum app whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more.. well...  And, if it's acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we got a new contender recently to sit alongside the excellent DrumPerfect Pro. Yes, Drum Session  - a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame)  - has the ubiquitous desktop … [Read more...]

ReSlice review – VirSyn deliver a slice of pure genius for iOS musicians

If you have hung around these pages for any length of time you will have a pretty clear idea of my own preferences when it comes to my personal iOS musical toolkit. I’m a guitar playing, synth using (my keyboard skills are basic), recording nut with a soft spot for working with audio loops and drum instruments (acoustic or electric) that give me rhythmic options that my limited (but improving) drum skills don’t allow me to play live. I’m perhaps less into really deep synths or self-assembly … [Read more...]

Moodscaper update – iOS soundscape creation app gets some further tweaks

Whatever your personal take on Rob Jackson's Moodscaper app - which I reviewed when it was first released - you can't accuse Rob of slacking when it comes to development of the app and regular updates. The latest of these arrived on the App Store yesterday and brings the app to v.1.9.9. Oh, and Rob has also released Pianoscaper, built on the same principles/interface as Moodscaper but with a greater emphasis of piano type sound sources....  although it is still very much in the abstract/ambient … [Read more...]

Blocs Wave updated – Novation take their loop-based music app to the ‘max’

Since launched, Novation's Blocs Wave has moved forward at quite a pace. The app itself, like Novation's Launchpad, is also a loop and sample-based music creation tool...   but with some feature differences that make it distinct from the LaunchPad approach. Anyway, Novation have rapidly developed the Blocs Wave concept further and a number of updates have already appeared for the app adding new import features, Ableton Link support, new export features, the very creative Slice Mode, a song … [Read more...]