Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus adds tempo controls via Ableton Link

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus 3 supports Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making … [Read more...]

FAC Chorus giveaway results – 10 winners of classy iOS AU chorus app

FAC Chorus arrived on the App Store a few of weeks ago and it finally bubbled to the top of my 'to do' list when I took an overdue look at the app. In terms of basics, the app is universal, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is a modest 19MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£2.99/US$2.99; very much in the casual purchase price range. What's perhaps less modest is the feature set. As shown in the screenshots, the app offers a rather nice 'studio rack' graphical look and, thankfully, … [Read more...]

Korg SALE – last few days for Korg’s mega iOS music app summer sale

I posted a full review of the v.3.0 release of Gadget for iOS back in March here on the Music App Blog. The new audio recording support is impressive and the fact that many features new to v.3 were supplied to existing users as a free update was also an impressive gesture from Korg. The iOS update was, of course, timed to coincide with the release of Gadget for OSX. A further Gadget update appeared recently taking the app to v.3.2.0. There was the usual round of fine-tuning to improve … [Read more...]

PPG Infinite review – Wolfgang Palm’s latest iOS synth takes us to infinite depths

There has been quite a bit of pre-release buzz, but synth pioneer and all-round creative mind Wolfgang Palm has now introduced his long-awaited new synth iOS app; PPG Infinite has hit the App Store a few days ago. Wolfgang is undoubtedly a bit of a synth super-hero to many. He was the man behind wavetable synthesis back in the 1970s but, even some 40 years later, he is still bringing new ideas to the world of synthesis. Amazingly, that includes contributing to the world of iOS music making … [Read more...]

SynthScaper updated – Igor Vasiliev tweaks his excellent iOS synth-based sound design instrument

I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX, Master Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. As I reported a few weeks ago, Igor's latest release is SynthScaper. As the title suggests, this is perhaps another app aimed as much at sound designers as conventional music making. However, … [Read more...]

QuatroMod review – Audio Damage add modulation effects to their iOS AU collection

As I've posted over the last few weeks, Audio Damage are a developer on an iOS mission, with several new releases, many of which are based upon ports of their highly-regarded desktop plugins. As well as the recent Phosphor 2 synth release, we have also seen Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, FuzzPlus 3 and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. And there is no sign of any let up as today sees the release of a further new iOS app; QuatroMod. As the title suggests, this … [Read more...]

FAC Chorus giveaway – 10 copies of classy iOS AU chorus app to be won

FAC Chorus arrived on the App Store a few of weeks ago but received it's first major update about a week or so ago and this was what finally nudged me into taking an overdue look at the app. In terms of basics, the app is universal, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is a modest 19MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£2.99/US$2.99; very much in the casual purchase price range. What's perhaps less modest is the feature set. As shown in the screenshots, the app offers a rather nice … [Read more...]

n-Track Pro updated – n-Track Software’s multi-platform DAW/sequencer gets some tweaks

As regular readers here will be aware, my own use for iOS music technology is focused more on music composition and/or music recording than live performance. And, while I'm a self-confessed Cubasis fan (and a Cubase user on the desktop), iOS has a number of really good options when it comes to DAW/sequencers. One of these is n-Track which I reviewed on the blog some time ago. n-Track actually exists on the desktop (Windows and OSX), iOS and Android. This multi-platform approach might well … [Read more...]

PPG Infinite launched – highly anticipated iOS synth from Wolfgang Palm now available

There has been quite a bit of pre-release buzz, but synth pioneer and all-round creative mind Wolfgang Palm has now introduced his long-awaited new synth iOS app; PPG Infinite has hit the App Store today. Wolfgang is undoubtedly a bit of a synth super-hero to many. He was the man behind wavetable synthesis back in the 1970s but, even some 40 years later, he is still bringing new ideas to the world of synthesis. Amazingly, that includes the contributing to the world of iOS music making and he … [Read more...]