Archives for March 2015

iRig 2 review – IK Multimedia refresh their entry-level guitar interface

Way back in the mists of time (OK, April 2012 to be precise), I reviewed IK Multimedia’s original iRig guitar interface for iOS alongside their guitar amp sim app Amplitube. I think it is probably correct to say that the original iRig has (to date anyway) been the biggest selling musical add-on for iOS. Priced in the mid-UK£20 range, it was ultra simple and very inexpensive way of getting your guitar signal into your iPhone or iPad. And, I suspect, for lots of iDevice owning guitar players, … [Read more...]

Lemur updated – MIDI/OSC controller for iOS gets a further update

As regular readers will be aware, I've started a sort of 'MIDI 101' series of articles on the blog that I hope to add to over the course of time and dealing with all sorts of issues related to using MIDI under iOS. At some stage, one part of that series ought to include a roundup article for the various 'remote control' apps that are available. I've looked at a couple of these sorts of apps here in the past including the excellent MIDI Designer Pro (which is a 'DIY build your own touchscreen … [Read more...]

Youisican Guitar updated – iOS guitar tuition programme from Yousician Ltd gets some tweaks

As suggested by the title, Yousician Guitar is aimed at guitar players and provides a beginner-to-shredder programme of guitar lessons and exercises in a convenient iOS music app format. I reviewed the app a few weeks ago here on blog and was impressed with the combination of video instruction and interactive graphics (with a very colourful take on guitar tab) as the main basis of the instruction. However, there is also a very game-like element as the app also uses the microphone input of your … [Read more...]

SongSheet update – v.2.5 adds further features and tweaks to iPad song cataloging utility app

 There are lots of ways of keeping track of your song charts whether those are all the covers you play in your gigging band or your own songs. However, if you want a convenient, and gig-friendly, digital format, then the is an app for that; SongSheet. I've reviewed SongSheet by developer Ghostdust previously on the blog so if you have not checked out the app  then do take a read. Developer Gabriel Hauber does like to keep things moving though. Version 2.4 arrived in January and there have … [Read more...]

Borderlands Granular updated – v.2.0 hits the App Store 30 months after the original release

If you are a bit of an iOS music app addict then you might well have been aware of the 'coming soon...' status of Borderlands Granular as developer Chris Carlson has been sharing some information about the upcoming release via various social media outlets and on the app's website. Anyway, Borderlands Granular v.2.0 has hit the App Store today and will, I suspect, be something that iOS synth-heads and sound designers will find very interesting and quite possibly difficult to resist, whether … [Read more...]

Korg Module updated – high-quality IOS sound module gets some tweaks

Korg have an impressive array of iOS music apps available on the App Store. I use a number of these on a regular basis with Gadget perhaps being my favourite. However, they are all excellent and I'm also a big fan of the iMS-20 and iKaosillator. However, their most recent addition - Korg Module - caused just as much of a stir as Gadget when it was released in November last year. If you need to catch up,  I did a full review of Module and the two additional IAP expansion packs just after its … [Read more...]

Audiomux and Midimux giveaway results – 5 winners get copies of iOS-OSX MIDI+audio integration apps from AppBC

I've covered both Audiomux and Midimux here on the blog over the last couple of weeks. Provided you are using a recent release of OSX on your desktop computer, between them, these two iOS apps allow you to send both MIDI and audio in both directions between an iOS device and a computer running OSX using nothing more than the standard USB-to-Lightning (or 30-pin) cable supplied with your iDevice. Using both apps together (and the relevant OSX ‘server’ apps on your Mac; these are available as a … [Read more...]

BeatHawk giveaway results – 5 lucky winners of UVI’s iOS beat making app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog a just after it was released. I was hugely impressed with BeatHawk. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI have struck a brilliant balanced between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they have adopted in the initial release. Anyway, UVI seem keen to keep things going forwards with BeatHawk and a number of updates for the app have appeared … [Read more...]

Music IO updated – new MIDI over USB app for iOS and OSX gets audio support

I've covered the arrival of a number of new apps that now allow MIDI data to be transferred between iOS and a desktop computer via a USB connection here on the blog over the last few weeks. Both Midimux and Music IO provide such connectivity for iOS and OSX hardware while MIDI LE also provides support for Bluetooth connectivity and Windows users via USB. And while all three apps offer somewhat different combinations of 'features vs price', all seem very solid in operation. AppBC followed up … [Read more...]