Archives for November 2013

SoundPrism Pro giveaway – 5 promo codes up for grabs

Earlier this week, I reviewed the Synthecaster app which is an interesting example of a performance interface that is designed to capitalise on the iPad's touchscreen as a way to play a musical instrument but without feeling obliged to follow convention too closely by creating a virtual keyboard, drum kit or guitar-style interface. There are other apps that fall into the same category (Chordion and Gestrument, for example) but one that I haven't reviewed yet for the blog is SoundPrism Pro. … [Read more...]

iMini and iSEM on Black Friday sale

If you are in the market for a couple of top-notch iOS synths at a bargain price, Arturia have both iMini and iSem on 'Black Friday' sales pricing from Friday 29th November through to Sunday 1st December. Both are to be offered at US$4.99/€4.49 for this period. I've reviewed both of these apps before on the website and you can read the iMini review here and the iSEM review here. These are seriously good virtual synth regardless of the platform that they are running on...  they just happen to … [Read more...]

Apollo review – MIDI over Bluetooth from Secret Base Design

Experienced iOS musicians will be familiar with Secret Base Design through their various music apps such as MIDImorphosis and VoxKit, both of which I’ve reviewed on the website. Patrick Madden – the person behind Secret Base Design – is now back with a new iOS app aimed at musicians; Apollo. Or, to give the app its full name, Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth… which pretty much tells you what to expect. Apollo (UK£1.99) is essentially a utility app that allows you to pass MIDI data between two iOS … [Read more...]

Master FX giveaway results

Thanks very much to everyone who entered the draw for the Master FX promo code giveaway, whether via sending me a specific message via the Contact Us route or via signing up for the Music App Blog Email Newsletter (which, as a reminder, automatically gets you entered to all the promo code giveaways we run on the blog as long as you remain on the list). The names were drawn at random out of the hat this morning and all the winners should have now received an email with their redeem code … [Read more...]

AudioReverb giveaway results

Thanks very much to everyone who entered the draw for the AudioReverb promo code giveaway, whether via sending me a specific message via the Contact Us route or via signing up for the Music App Blog Email Newsletter (which, as a reminder, automatically gets you entered to all the promo code giveaways we run on the blog as long as you remain on the list). The names were drawn at random out of the hat this morning and all the winners should have now received an email with their redeem code … [Read more...]

Phawuo giveaway results

Thanks very much to everyone who entered the draw for the Phawuo promo code giveaway, whether via sending me a specific message via the Contact Us route or via signing up for the Music App Blog Email Newsletter (which, as a reminder, automatically gets you entered to all the promo code giveaways we run on the blog as long as you remain on the list). The names were drawn at random out of the hat this morning and all the winners should have now received an email with their redeem code … [Read more...]

Synthecaster review – novel playing interface for synth/MIDI controller from Daniel Resnick

If you are a regular reader here at the Music App Blog you will know that one of the things that most appeals to me about iOS devices is the interesting take the touchscreen can provide on music creation providing developers are prepared to think outside the conventional virtual keyboard, drum pad and guitar string. There are now a number of excellent apps that do just that. Figure, Thumbjam and Triqtraq are all good examples while even Garageband – despite have some more conventional … [Read more...]

Alchemy update – Camel Audio add IAA support to their music production app

Camel Audio's Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio has been around on the iTunes App Store since late 2011 (yep, before I started this website) and, unfortunately, it has never quite bubbled up to the top of my to-do list in terms of a full review. I'll do my best to put that right before too long. However, it's an app with a dedicated following and, while the basic app is free so you can try before you buy, it includes a range of IAPs that boost the functionality considerably. Camel Audio have … [Read more...]

Tape update – Focusrite add Audiobus support for Tape recording app

Focusrite have updated their ultra-simple stereo recording app Tape. I reviewed Tape when it was first released. Tape is about as a simple as a recording app can be but, with its retro styling and ultra-streamlined approach to the record-master-publish process, it’s the exact opposite of the ‘paralysis-by-analysis’ recording experience that can befall you if you combine a lack of self-disciple with a lot of music technology. The addition of Audiobus support means that you could now use … [Read more...]