Archives for July 2014

Guitar for iOS anyone? – Fender Strat with iOS connectivity

As an iOS musician whose primary instrument is the electric guitar, I'm always keen to find out about products that might allow me to connect these two interests. So, with thanks to Music App Blog regular Jason Andreo who sent me a link to this, I was quite intrigued to see the details of Fender's 'iOS ready' Stratocaster guitar. With a street price of around UK£600 this is, first and foremost, a pretty well-specified mid-range Strat with a HSS pickup combination and available in two … [Read more...]

AltiSpace giveaway results – five winners of new convolution reverb app from Igor Vasiliev

I reviewed Igor Vasiliev's excellent new iOS music app - AltiSpace - here on the blog a week or so ago. AltiSpace provides a convolution-based reverb effect app. It comes supplied with a huge collection of IRs culled from some of the classic hardware reverb units that fetch mega-prices on the second hand market and, while managing to maintain a pretty reasonable demand for precious CPU cycles on your iOS device, it delivers fabulous results. You can also import other IRs if you have access to … [Read more...]

Loopy HD update – new features added and currently on sale

Loops have become an integral part of modern music making and, while for some musicians, this might simply be a few drum or percussions loops over which they layer their own guitar, bass, keyboard and vocal parts, for others – the ‘loopers’ amongst us – creative use of loops is taken much further.  My personal favourite for this method of music making under iOS is Loopy HD by developer A Tasty Pixel (and who share a history with the Audiobus team). It is one of the best solutions there is and … [Read more...]

Positive Grid sale – huge reductions on BIAS, JamUp Pro and expansion packs

Given the powerful combination that Positive Grid's BIAS guitar amp designer and JamUp Pro guitar amp/cab/effects modeller provide, it is hardly surprising that they have become a combination of choice for lots of iOS musicians with a guitar habit. Oh, and the fact that these iOS music apps happen to sound excellent might also help.... :-) I've reviewed both apps previously on the blog (here and here). I've also reviewed some of the expansion packs that both apps offer as IAPs (here and here) … [Read more...]

Apollo Remote Recorder review – wireless integration of iOS and desktop music production from Secret Base Design

When it comes to making music, there are almost as many workflows as there are musicians. And, while there is plenty of science in the technology many of us use to write, perform and record our music, this is an art form we are talking about. Rights and wrongs simply don’t apply; you use whatever tools you have access to, and in whatever way you wish, so that you can get the job done in a way that pleases you. Enthusiasts for iOS music technology have long had to put up with the ‘just toys’ … [Read more...]

iMPC Pro update – Retronyms/Akai app also at intro pricing

The Retronyms/Akai iOS music app collaboration iMPC Pro received an update at the end of last week taking the app to v.1.1. This was mostly minor fixes but it did include some improvements to the Inter App Audio support and, usefully, the ability to delete samples. iMPC Pro was been around for a few weeks now but I have not, as yet, had a chance to dig deeply enough into the app to write up a review (I'll put that right as soon as I can). However, Doug over at thesoundtestroom has posted a … [Read more...]

Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets new features

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for just over a month now and I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it a few weeks ago on the blog. Mitosynth looks great, sounds great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and plays nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my … [Read more...]

Take update – Propellerhead’s minimalist multi-track app gets some tweaks

I posted a review of Propellerhead's new Take app a few days ago. Take - or to give it its full title, Take Creative Vocal Recorder - is an interesting little app. It is a three-track audio recorder with a bunch of preset, tempo-adjustable, rhythm/drum loops that can be added as a fourth track if you prefer a beat to record to or add some rhythmic interest. You can create a new song, select a track, hit record and – without much more fuss – sing (or play a guitar) into your iPhone’s mic to … [Read more...]

Launchpad news – new EDM sample set and iPhone support

I posted a full review of Novation's Launchpad when it was first released back in spring 2013. For those that like to mix and match loops as a creative music making option, Launchpad is a brilliant concept and, as the basic app is free to download, you can give it a try without having to make any commitment to a long term relationship. On first release, the main catch was that you were limited to either the initial included loop content (which was very good but obviously limited in terms of … [Read more...]