Moodscaper update – iOS soundscape creation app gets iOS10 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. However, after a brief pause since v.1.9.3 was released at the start of August for a bit of summer down-time, the last week has actually seen two updates in quick succession with the latest of these - v.1.9.5 - arriving on the App Store today. As suggested by the name, Moodscaper is a sort of … [Read more...]

Modstep updated – AppBC add iOS10 support to their iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

Regular iOS music makers will be familiar with AppBC as the developer behind Studiomux and Modstep apps. The latter includes some of the Studiomux technology but also offers a fully-blown MIDI sequencer with both step sequencing and piano roll editing environments. If your music making revolves around MIDI, rather than audio recording, then Modstep is a powerful option for sequencing on your iPad. I did a full review of Modstep just after it was launched and the feature set is impressive. You … [Read more...]

Funk Drummer giveaway results – three winners of funky drum app from Luis Martinez

I’ve covered a whole bunch of different drum, percussion and groove-based apps here on the Music App Blog over the last couple of years. However, if you are after a straightforward take on ‘rock’ drums where the results are pretty much instant and song construction requires no pattern programming, then you would be hard pressed to find something better than Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez from Lumbeat. Luis also has his Afro Latin Drum Machine 2, Brazilian Drum Machine and Soft … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS from mDecks Music gets some tweaks

When it comes to iOS music apps on the App Store, it’s not all about synths, drum machines and DAWs; there are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I’ve looked at some of them here on the Music App Blog. I recently reviewed the new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team - Tessitura Pro - and which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any … [Read more...]

Addictive Synth update – VirSyn tweak their original ‘addictive’ synth app

VirSyn are very well established in the world of desktop music software so it’s perhaps not surprising that they have bought that expertise to bear in the world of iOS music apps. I have looked at a number of VirSyn's iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years and, if you were paying attention last week, you will also have seen that the company have just launched their latest synth app - Addictive Pro - and which I'll try to do a full review of this week. The 'pro' … [Read more...]

Stria update – apeSoft give their left-field take on FM synthesis an update

To my bad, I've never got around to doing a full review of apeSoft's Stria synth app here on the Music App Blog. Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps and their obvious close collaboration with Amazing Noises and their various iOS music apps. Between these two developer names, I’ve reviewed apps such as apeFilter, Sparkle, Dedalus, apeDelay and DubFilter and, if you have encountered any of these apps then you will know that apeSoft don’t … [Read more...]

Addictive Pro review – VirSyn go pro with their latest iOS synth app

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn and Arpeggist, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. As I mentioned last week, the latest addition to that lineup - the hotly anticipated Addictive Pro synth - has now arrived. It arrives … [Read more...]

Meteor update – 4Pockets bring welcome update to their iOS audio+MIDI recording app

While apps such as Auria, Cubasis and Garageband perhaps get the headlines when it comes to recording under iOS, there are a number of other contenders that are well worth considering. If you want both audio and MIDI recording within a single app, one of the other obvious choices is Meteor Multitrack Recorder by developer 4Pockets. I did a full review of v.1.5 of Meteor back in March 2013 so, if you are not familiar with the basic operation of the app, that would be worth a skim through. With … [Read more...]

Yonac sale – TODAY ONLY – apps such as Tonestack, Steel Guitar and Magellan at bargain pricing

I reviewed developer Yonac's ToneStack virtual guitar rig here on the blog when it was first released and the app has had a number of updates since that have added to the functionality offered. Yonac are also the developer behind Magellan (their flagship iOS synth). Tonestack attracted a lot of attention when it hit the iTunes App Store last July and it sounds very good indeed - up there with the best of the guitar amp sim apps such as BIAS FX or Mobile POD - that iOS currently has to … [Read more...]