Archives for February 2014

Z3TA+ giveaway – a copy of Cakewalk’s excellent iOS synth app up for grabs

I was hugely impressed with Cakewalk's Z3TA+ iOS synth app when I reviewed it earlier this week. In terms of both sound and depth of programming, the Z3TA+ is up there with the very best of the iOS synth world. You might not 'need' this app if you already own the likes of Nave or Thor, but you sure as heck are going to 'want' it. Well, thanks for the generosity of Jimmy Landry at Cakewalk, one lucky Music App Blog reader can get hold of a copy of Z3TA+ for free. As usual with the giveaways I … [Read more...]

Gadget update – Korg add Audiobus support and other refinements

Korg's Gadget - their all-in-one electronic music production app - caused quite a stir when it was launched at the NAMM show back in January. I did a full review of the app a few days after the launch and, while it was not without its limitations in the first release, it is difficult not to be impressed by the concept, the modern/clean user interface, the rather elegant song construction system and the range of 15 'gadgets' supplied. As an overall concept, Gadget is a mightily impressive … [Read more...]

Apptronica label latest release – Smitematter’s Chapters now available

If you are new to iOS music making and want to get a sense of just exactly what can be done with this technology, then you really should head over to the Apptronica website. While this is home to the Apptronica magazine (a good read for all iOS musicians), it is also a digital music label and, if you need some convincing about just how far you can go with an iPad and a collection of apps, then Smitematter's latest collection of material - titled Chapters, and released on the Apptronica label … [Read more...]

WOW Filterbox updated – Sugar Bytes add IAA support

As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making. I also own the first two of these in their desktop formats and, again, they get regular use. Sugar Bytes other iOS port of one of their desktop plugins is WOW Filterbox and I reviewed this a few months ago when the iOS version was first released. While this app doesn't perhaps get the headlines that the other three … [Read more...]

Effectrix giveaway results

I reviewed Effectrix from Sugar Bytes a week or so ago on the blog and was really impressed by the processing options offered by the app. Rather like Turnado, this is very much in the 'creative and in your face' school of audio effects processing although Effectrix can do subtle if you want it to. Nadine at Sugar Bytes very kindly provided me with 5 copies of Effectrix to give away to readers of the Music App Blog. Entries closed yesterday and the winning names were drawn at random out of the … [Read more...]

Z3TA+ review – Cakewalk bring their classic virtual synth to iOS

Really? Do we need another synth app? If there is one category of iOS music app that you could argue was already over stocked, it would be synth apps; there are dozens of software synths on the iTunes App Store. Of course, these apps are not all made equal. There are a select collection of exceptional products and, while some of these are ‘expensive’ in app terms, compared to equivalent desktop virtual synths, they are being sold at knock down prices. Whether used live or for recording, the … [Read more...]

DrumPerfect has landed – Marinus Molengraft’s virtual drummer hits the App Store

If you have been browsing these pages for some time, you will know that my own personal iOS music app collection is still waiting for something to fill the 'killer virtual drummer app' category. That's not to say that there are not already some great drum machines or groove box apps....  but what I'd really like is something close to desktop virtual drummers such as FXpansion's BFD Eco or Toontrack's EZdrummer that is scaled to fit on an iPad. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, developer … [Read more...]

BIAS for iPhone giveaway – a copy of Positive Grid’s iPhone version of BIAS up for grabs

I reviewed the new iPhone version of Positive Grid's BIAS a few days ago on the blog and was impressed at just how smoothly the company have managed to port the features of the iPad version over to the more compact iPhone/iPod Touch format.  This new version retains all the features (including integration with JamUp Pro), usability and, most importantly, the sound of the earlier iPad version. Jaime Ruchman from Positive Grid has been kind enough to provide me with a promo code for the new … [Read more...]

Gestrument update – new presets and a new website added by Jesper Nordin

Jesper Nordin - the developer behind the excellent Gestrument music app - has been in touch today to tell me about the latest update and a revamp of the app's website with a range of new support materials for users. I did a full review of Gestrument back in the summer so, if you are not familiar with the basics of the app, do give that a read. However, the app has had a couple of updates since then (v.1.3 was mentioned here). The app provides a powerful and intuitive MIDI performance … [Read more...]