Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs tweak their feature-packed iOS DAW/sequencer

In reviewing Auria Pro when it was launched back in December 2015, I was hugely impressed with the ambition shown by WaveMachine Labs. In terms of the specification and feature list, this is perhaps the first iOS DAW/sequencer that crosses over into the capabilities of a fully-fledged desktop recording package....  No, perhaps not the top-end Logic Pro or Cubase Pro or the like, but certainly a feature set that matches the lower/middle ground of the desktop DAW/sequencer marketplace. Oh, and it … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 2; it’s compact vs it’s compact

This series of short(ish) discussion articles is focused on the pros and cons of iOS as a music-making platform. I’m a fan of the approach but I’d also be the first to admit that it is far from ‘perfect’ (whatever that might be given that we all make our music in different ways anyway). The various pros and cons of the iOS music technology manifest themselves in all sorts of ways and, hopefully, by giving some air time to some of the more significant of these ‘good vs bad’ aspects, the articles … [Read more...]

Echo Pitch review – versatile and creative delay effect app at a budget price

Running the Music App Blog as a one person enterprise alongside my other forms of gainful employment does mean that there are never quite enough hours in the day to keep up with all the interesting new iOS music app releases. When time does permit, therefore, it’s nice to do the occasional ‘catch up’ review…. and that’s what I’ve got for you today in Echo Pitch :-) The app is developed by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas and first appeared on the App Store back in December … [Read more...]

Redshrike updated – iceWorks iPhone-friendly synth goes universal and AU

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad. While most iOS musicians will have a number of the obvious candidates installed on their iPads, there are plenty of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well-established competition. A few of these slightly left-of-centre options are Lorentz, Laplace and Mersenne from iceGear/iceWorks. All of these synths are slightly … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 1; no hard drive vs no hard drive

As a regular user of iOS in my own personal music-making workflow, I take no convincing of the various useful roles my iPad (or iPhone) can play. They are many and varied (itself a topic for another time) but, while I’m more than happy to exploit what IOS can offer, I do realise that I’m in a music tech minority. There are lots of musicians who (a) are aware of iOS technology but get their job done without needing an iPad to do it, (b) have perhaps been exposed to what iOS can offer but remain … [Read more...]

Syndt review – Klevgränd add a new polyphonic synth to their ‘Kanvas’ iOS music app collection

I've reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two - Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, PressIt,  Esspresso, Jussi, Haaze, Pads and Baervvag amongst others. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see... and, in every case, I've been … [Read more...]

Unique giveaway – three copies of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth to be won

I did a full review of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth app Unique here on the blog last week. As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making (and on the desktop!). Unique is another great addition to the line-up and, while I'm sure I own way more synth apps that I will ever need, at App Store pricing that's not such a difficult temptation to give in … [Read more...]

Forever Beats review – quirky step sequencer from developer John Hussey

Music creation is a wonderful thing. Whatever the reasons you might feel compelled to do it, you can bet that the next musician will have different ones. And, whatever the workflow you use – and in particular the tools that help you realise that workflow – the odds are that the next musician will do it differently. Whether that’s your voice and an acoustic guitar, or a collection of uber-synths and a MIDI sequencer, the only rule of music creation is…. well…. there are no rules. All of which … [Read more...]

AUM update – Jonatan Liljedahl’s brilliant iOS music app gets new features

There are some developers that qualify for almost universal hero worship amongst the iOS music making community and Jonatan Liljedahl is one of those. So, whether it is the ubiquitous utility app AudioShare, the truly inspiring (and sometimes mind bending) electronic rhythm/groove app Sector, or the minimalist audio effects of the AUFX series, Jonatan creates brilliant apps that almost any iOS musician would want to own. And, with perhaps his flagship iOS music app – AUM - he did it again; … [Read more...]