Archives for April 2012

Music app review – Guitar Toolkit

If you are a guitar-playing iPhone, iPod or iPad user, then you really should check out the GuitarToolkit music app from Agile Partners Technologies. Agile are the folks behind the excellent AmpKit+ guitar amp simulation app that is designed to partner Peavey’s AmpKit Link guitar interface hardware for the iDevice range. Guitar Toolkit is not an alternative amp/effects simulator (although I’ll come back to this point a little later) but rather a collection of useful guitar-orientated tools that … [Read more...]

Music app review – SoundHound by SoundHound Inc

If you are of a certain age, it probably doesn’t matter where in the world you live, because if I say ‘Name That Tune’ you will probably know what I’m talking about – a TV quiz-style format where, in one form or another, contestants battled it out to identify popular musical tunes based on the smallest number of notes from the melody. Some of the contestants were brilliant, regularly identifying tunes based upon just three or four notes. Of course, we all know how frustrating it is to hear a … [Read more...]

Music App Blog news – Mobile Keys by Line 6

Line 6 have announced a new pair of MIDI keyboards that should be of interest to those making music on an iPhone, iPod or iPad - or indeed, if you also use a PC or Mac - as the Mobile Key 25 and Mobile Keys 49 both have connectivity options that allows you to use them with all these platforms. As the names suggest, the two keyboards feature 25 and 49 keys respectively and these are both full size and velocity sensitive. Both also feature pitch and mod wheels plus volume and pan knobs and buttons … [Read more...]

Sound On Sound magazine app

If you are a regular reader of this blog then I suspect you have a wider interest in music technology. If so, then you really ought to be reading Sound On Sound magazine (O.K., hands up, I have a vested interest here as I do, on occasion, write for SOS) which covers all aspects of music technology, the recording process and includes equipment and software reviews, workshop articles and interviews with some of the big names in the recording world. The magazine has recently launched its own iPad … [Read more...]

Music app review – Figure by Propellerheads

If you are into the creation of synth-based dance music the odds are that, at some stage, you will have explored Propellerheads Reason software on the Mac or PC. Reason features some fabulous software synths, samplers, drum machines and effects so it has always been an excellent environment for electronic music producers. In the last couple of years, Propellerheads have added audio recording (initially via their Record software and now embedded directly within Reason itself) so Reason now … [Read more...]

GarageBand for iPad – music app review

If you are a musician with a smartphone or tablet device, there is an abundance of music apps to tempt you. However, for Apple device owners, one such app is difficult to miss – GarageBand. For Mac users, GarageBand has been around for some time, making up one third of the ‘creative’ iLife suite that also includes iMovie and iPhoto. On the Mac, all three programs are highly regarded but perhaps considered more consumer-level than ‘pro’ in nature – in essence, a stepping stone from which novice … [Read more...]

Music App Blog review – SynthStation25 for iPod/iPhone by Akai

If you like using music apps to make music on your iPhone or iPod Touch, Akai’s SynthStation25 might well appeal. With a built-in docking port for the iPhone/iPod Touch, it provides a 25-note keyboard (based upon mini-keys) that is velocity sensitive and included pitch and mod wheels. A set of eight rubber buttons complete the top-panel and these can be used to navigate to particular functions in compatible software on your ‘i’ device. The keyboard is powered via 4 AAA batteries or a mains power … [Read more...]

Music app review – IK Multimedia iRig and AmpliTube

If you are a ‘techie’ type guitarist who embraces what modern digital technology can bring to the guitar playing table (and, nope, that doesn’t stop you also appreciating the classic elements of the electric guitar world), then you are likely to be familiar with IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube Mac/PC software. AmpliTube is one of the better software-based guitar amp/speaker cabinet simulators our there although, at around the £180 (here in the U.K. at the time or writing), it is not going to be a … [Read more...]