Archives for August 2012

MIDI Designer Pro – music app review

If you want to use your iPad’s touchscreen as a virtual control surface you’re your desktop DAW, there are now a number of different music app options available including V-Control Pro, DAW Remote HD and Absum-8. Each of these come with pre-configured options that support the major DAWs such as Logic, Cubase Pro Tools, Ableton Live or Reason (amongst others) and, while there primary function tends to be the provision of mixing and transport controls, other control options are supported (in … [Read more...]

Music app review – Anytune Pro HQ by Anystone Technologies

When I was first trying to learn the guitar, teaching aids were either books or the occasional audio resource. To slightly re-word a well-worn phrase, these were the bad old days and, today, the range of teaching tools available for musicians is varied, vast and a whole lot more engaging. Anytune Pro HQ – from Anystone Technologies - is a music app definitely falls in the latter category. The principle offered here is quite straightforward; Anytune Pro HQ allows you to take any audio file on … [Read more...]

Music App Blog review – GuitarJack 2 by Sonoma Wire Works

With musicians embracing smart phones and tablet computers as practice, composition and recording tools in increasing numbers, hardware manufacturers are bringing a growing range of add-on audio input/output hardware to the market. Not surprisingly, the biggest share of this market supports Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Some of the first examples of this technology were aimed at guitar players. For example, the iRig - which has now been around for quite a while - provides a … [Read more...]

Triqtraq from Zaplin Music – music app review

I wrote a post a little while ago about how the touchscreen capabilities of a smart device provide the developers of music apps (well, those developers prepared to think beyond the conventional way instruments are played) with an opportunity to design performance interfaces that focus on creativity rather than virtual representations of piano keys and guitar strings. We already have a number of music apps that do just that; the brilliant Figure, the occasionally bizarre but very playable … [Read more...]

Music app review – Quiztones from Audiofile Engineering

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at Audiofile Engineering’s FiRe 2 field recorder music app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad and that got a definite thumbs up for recording tasks such as capturing a quick musical idea, recording an audio presentation/lecture or creating a podcast. Audiofile Engineering also develop other music/audio related apps and one other interesting title in their range is Quiztones. While this is not strictly a ‘music making’ app, like other titles such as Guitar Toolkit or … [Read more...]