Archives for September 2013

Cotracks music app review – new collaborative music app from Futucraft

I've commented before on the blog that one of the things I really like about iOS is that it seems to offer indie developers a more accessible platform so that us users get to see a wider variety of software products come to market. The Cotracks music app – produced by Futucraft – is a classic example of this. Futucraft describe Cotracks as a ‘collaborative music studio for teamwork on a single iPad’ which sounds intriguing and certainly suggests this is not just another ‘me too!’ music app … [Read more...]

Jam Maestro music app updated – new features and instruments added.

I reviewed the Jam Maestro music app a few months back for the blog and, while at one level, it is a 'playable' guitar instrument (actually, a playable guitar, bass and drums instrument), at another it offers a slightly more unique function as a tab-based composition tool. David Blake - Jam Maestro's developer - is now back with 'v2.0' of the app and it includes lots of enhancements and new features. Top of the list is Audiobus support (the app can be used as an Audiobus Input Slot app) but, … [Read more...]

iMini music app updated – Arturia add inter-app audio support

As might be expected after Apple released a major update to iOS, music app developers are quickly responding with updates of their own to ensure smooth operation under iOS7. What's really great to see, however, is the flurry of apps adding the new inter-app audio feature. The rather excellent iMini music app from Arturia has been updated today with just that addition. I've only had a chance to give this a quick test drive using Looptical as my IAA host but it seemed to work well and I was … [Read more...]

iRig PRO review – compact audio+MIDI interface for iOS from IK Multimedia

When it comes to making music on the iOS platform, IK Multimedia have invested some considerable time, effort and resources in developing their range of add-on hardware and apps. With the high-quality, guitarist-friendly, iRig HD launched just a couple of months ago (you can read the Music App Blog review here), IK Multimedia are back with the iRig PRO, a new product that builds on that the iRig HD pedigree. This time, however, they have taken things a step further - in fact, two steps … [Read more...]

AUFX:Space updated – adds inter-app audio support

Kymatica have released an update to the excellent AUFX:Space on the iTunes App Store today. The headline addition to the app is the introduction of inter-app audio support. It's great to see developers being so quick off the mark to get this new iOS7 audio protocol into their music apps and, while we are still waiting for the mainstream DAW apps - Auria and Cubasis, for example - to integrate the technology, the potential for IAA looks considerable. In exchanging a few emails today with … [Read more...]

Looptical music app review – Loop-based recording platform from MooCowMusic

There are some iOS music apps that are most certainly 'mini-me' takes on something similar that has been around for a while on the desktop. Auria, for example, provides a fairly conventional - and instantly familiar - take on multitrack audio recording and Cubasis is very obviously a baby brother (or sister) to Steinberg's desktop DAW line. There are others, however, where the developer doesn't follow convention quite so closely and where you get a slightly different take on a task. The … [Read more...]

Jamn music app updated – MiQ’s musical toolkit moves to v.3

I’m always up for a little musical education, especially when it’s presented in an interesting and intuitive fashion. A little while ago, I reviewed v.2 of Jamn by MiQ, an iOS music app that falls very much into the musical utility/music theory/songwriter’s toolkit territory and I was impressed with what the app had to offer both to those learning their instrument (guitar, piano, ukulele) and getting into songwriting. The app provides a very neat means of accessing information about music … [Read more...]

Inter App Audio – demo with pre-release version of Auria from WaveMachine Labs

If you are an iOS musician who is excited by the prospect of the new inter-app audio features that iOS7 has introduced and want to see the kind of thing that the new technology might make possible, then WaveMachine Labs have posted a nice video demo on YouTube that is well worth checking out. The video shows a brief example of a pre-release version of Auria's up-coming update - which, by the looks of things, will have support for inter-app audio - working with Nave to lay down some audio parts … [Read more...]

iOS7 – should you update?

Like many iOS musicians, I’ve been looking forward to the launch of iOS7 for some time and, as I posted earlier this week, there has been a real flurry of app updates on iTunes bringing ‘iOS7 compatibility’ to many of our favourite music apps. Equally – and this should come as no surprise to anyone with a few years experience as an computer user on their personal clock – as with any major OS update on any platform, there are bound to be a few gremlins. So, if you are an iOS musician, should you … [Read more...]