Archives for June 2014

AD 480 Reverb update – high-quality iOS reverb effect app from Fiedler Audio gets updated for iOS8

I posted a review of the rather excellent AD 480 iOS music app from Fiedler Audio last week. AD 480 provides a high-quality reverb effect, with plenty of controls to shape your virtual space, a good set of presets in the 'pro' version, and both Audiobus and IAA support. However, the really novel feature is something that Fiedler Audio refer to as ‘dynamic upgrade’. Simply put, the app is provided in three versions; free, basic and pro (priced at ‘free (surprise!), UK£2.49 and UK£10.49 … [Read more...]

Audiobus update – v.2.1.2 keeps things moving forward

If you are interested in the possibility of making music on an iOS device, Audiobus - despite not making any sound of its own - is about as 'must have' an app as it is possible to get. This utility app makes the whole process involved with getting various other music apps (synths, guitar amp sims, audio effects, DAWs, etc.) working together into a coherent workflow just so much easier...  seriously, if you don't own it then you really should get treatment for your masochism. I reviewed … [Read more...]

SquashIt review – Klevgränd Produktion bring the dirt to iOS

Software doesn’t always have to sing, dance, make the coffee and do your washing; sometimes it is good enough to just to do one simple task and – hopefully – do it rather well. And so it is with SquashIt, the iOS music app from developer Klevgränd Produktion. The app is an audio effect app that provides a three-band distortion effect. There are no fancy bells and whistles; it just does the one job in as straightforward a fashion as possible. SquashIt works under IAA (not Audiobus at present), … [Read more...]

Sunrizer update – BeepStreet’s classic iOS synth gets new features

I’ve reviewed lots of iOS synth apps on the site over the last couple of years but, given this is a category of iOS music apps that is so well served, there are also plenty I’ve yet to cover. Much to my shame, one of those is something of a ‘classic’ in iOS terms – BeepStreet’s Sunrizer – and while I’ve owned a copy of the app for a long time, I’ve never really dug into it in the detail it probably deserves. So, prompted by a significant update that arrived on the App Store today – bringing … [Read more...]

GuitarCapo+ review – chord library meets virtual instrument from Tonapp As

I’ve commented a number of times on the blog about being a fan of the Guitarism app from rhism (indeed, it is included in the ’25 music apps to get you started’ guide available to email subscribers). Compared to the best of the best desktop virtual guitar instruments (Acou6tics or Real Guitar for example), Guitarism isn’t in the same class but, for some instant strummed chords (acoustic or electric) when you only have your iPhone handy, then it is a joy to own. At first sight, GuitarCapo+ - … [Read more...]

BIAS coming to a desktop near you soon….

I appreciate that this is perhaps just a little bit 'off topic' given that this blog is about music making on mobile devices but, for the guitar-playing iOS musicians out there who also happen make music on a desktop system, you might be interested in an announcement made by Positive Grid yesterday. Their BIAS amp modelling and amp design app for iOS (there are both iPad and iPhone versions) has gone down a storm with iOS guitarists. While there are a number of excellent guitar amp sim apps … [Read more...]

AD 480 Reverb review – high-quality iOS reverb effect app from Fiedler Audio

In the world of high quality studio digital reverb effects, Lexicon are something of a legend. Their first digital reverb was released in 1978 but perhaps the most iconic unit – introduced in 1986 – was the 480L. If you were in the market for one on first release then you would have needed a very healthy bank balance and, even now, second-hand units in good working condition can change hands for several thousand US$. Now, I don’t suspect Fiedler Audio are going to claim that their AD 480 … [Read more...]

Junglator goes free – interesting beatmasher from Amplify currently free

I love the way iOS and the iTunes App Store allows indie developers a platform to compete with some of the bigger names in music technology software and, back in October last year, I posted a review of Junglator - an app that is a perfect example of this. As you might expect given the title, this music app is aimed as those with an interest in Jungle, Drum ‘n’ Bass and related musical styles. It is designed for the iPhone but scales up nicely onto an iPad and, aside from an ‘about’ screen and … [Read more...]

Oscilab update – 2beat add Audiobus support

As I posted back at the end of May when it was first launched, Oscilab - from developer 2beat - brings a very interesting, novel, and very intuitive approach to the creation of electronic music.  The interface looks fabulous and the app provides a combination of electronic-style sounds based upon modelled analog synthesis, samples and drum sounds. The app's name is derived from the various 'virtual' oscilloscope displays you get of the oscillator waveforms and which you can interact with and … [Read more...]