AudioEffX released – VirSyn add a mult-effects option to their iOS music app line-up

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. And, hot on the heels of a few interesting new iOS music apps apps launched within the last couple of days, VirSyn had bought their … [Read more...]

Drum Session launched – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo collaborate on new 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...  electronic music styles. Personally, I think the latter of these two categories is brilliantly served with apps that are just as good as the options available on the desktop. However, when it comes to the former, then virtual drummer software such as Toontrack's Superior Drummer (or the entry-level version EZ Drummer) or BFD from … [Read more...]

iWaveStation launched – Korg bring another classic synth to the iOS platform

It's only a few weeks since Korg launched the very impressive ARP ODYSSEi synth on iOS....  a software recreation of the classic ARP Odyessy analog synth from the 1970s. iOS synth-heads have lapped the ODYSSEi up in their droves and it is still available at the discounted launch price of just UK£14.99/US$19.99. However, I don't think the development team at Korg have been putting their feet up and lighting a early Xmas cigar in the mean-time as a further new mega-synth app has now arrived. As … [Read more...]

Redshrike launched – iceWorks add an iPhone-friendly synth to their app collection

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...]

NOIZ update – new features for iOS remix app from Studio Amplify

Over the last few years, the iTunes App Store has become steadily populated with a huge selection of iOS music apps. And, while it is all too easy to get a bit blasé about what’s now possible on an iPhone or iPad, do pinch yourself occasionally and remind yourself just what can be achieved. This impressive app catalogue is remarkable in all sorts of ways. Yes, the pricing structure is one reason but, perhaps even more impressive, is the sheer diversity of what’s available under the ‘music … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS gets guitar-friendly

There are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I recently reviewed the relatively new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team - Tessitura Pro - which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any aspect of scales and scale modes (and associated chords). This is perhaps an app more aimed at the serious music student rather than someone looking for … [Read more...]

Triqtraq update – Zaplin tweak the Ableton Link support in their pocket-sized electronic music app

One of the first apps I reviewed here on the Music App Blog back in mid-2012 was the rather wonderful Triqtraq by Zaplin Music. Not long before looking at triqtraq, I'd also reviewed Propellerhead's Figure. I suspect Figure is an app the almost every long-standing iOS musician has experienced and, what it lacks in sophisticated features, it more than makes up for in the fun it provides. However, if you are a fan of Figure, then I suspect you would also like Triqtraq. While the two apps … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets a further update

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you might well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the app underwent a significant update to v.1.9 recently.  And, while Elastic Drums is still very much about drum synthesis, it you want to complement that with some sample-based sounds - drum or otherwise - you now can; via an inexpensive IAP (UK£3.99/US$4.99), you can now add the Sampler Engine feature. 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...]