Archives for August 2015

SessionBand Drums review – UK Music Apps bring ‘drums only’ model to their SessionBand series

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, developer UK Music Apps Ltd have recently added a new app to their extensive SessionBand series; SessionBand Drums. As I described in the ‘news’ piece, the SessionBand apps are a little like a ‘mini’ iOS equivalent of PG Music’s (often derided but actually quite powerful) Band In A Box desktop software. And, while BIAB covers dozens of musical styles within a single piece of software (and has a much broader feature set than would be practical in an iOS app), … [Read more...]

Sound Canvas update – Roland tweak their Sound Canvas iOS music app

I published a full review of Roland's Sound Canvas for iOS app not long after it was launched. As I commented in that review, while the sounds themselves might not get too many pulses racing in the cutting-edge dance and electronic genres, as a source of everyday sounds covering a wide range of instrument types, Sound Canvas is (like it's original hardware-format predecessors) a very solid and very useable option and, as it is 16-part multi-timbral, could easily be used for a complete … [Read more...]

Loopy HD update – Michael Tyson adds further tweaks his brilliant iOS looper app

Loops have become an integral part of modern music making. There is, of course, a big difference between using a few audio 'loops' and approaching your music making via a 'looper'. The latter is, however, an interesting experience if you have not tried it and, under iOS, despite the fact that there is now some very good competition (the newcomer LoopTree, for example), my personal longstanding favourite for this method of music making is Loopy HD. I'm not alone here....  Loopy is a hugely … [Read more...]

Navichord giveaway – 10 copies of chord/harmony exploration app up for grabs

I did a full review of Navichord here on the Music App Blog some time ago but, as I've also posted more recently, the app had had a significant update to v. 1.2.3 (adding some very useful new features) and a further update to v.1.2.4 just a few days ago.. While the original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – the app is now a pretty well-specified MIDI performance tool and those educational … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums giveaway results – eight winners of Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you might well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. I reviewed the app a few months ago and was very impressed with the sound and feature set of the first release. The app has also had couple of very useful updates since then bringing improved IAA and Audiobus support plus a number of other new features, including, in v.1.5, becoming 'universal' and offering graphical layouts that were able to … [Read more...]

Arturia sale – iSEM, iProphet and iMini 50% off for a limited time

Those readers who have any experience of music making on desktop computers over the last few years will probably be familiar with the Arturia brand. The French-based company have been making music software and hardware for some time and they specialise in collaborations with hardware synth manufacturers and many of their products are recreations of classic hardware synth that are now either too rare for most musicians to own or simply so highly prized in their original hardware form that they … [Read more...]

Emo Chorus review – new iOS chorus app from VirSyn

As I posted a couple of days ago, VirSyn have added a new app to their already well-stocked iOS music app collection; Emo Chorus. As the title suggests, this is a modulation audio effect app and, if you look at a couple of the screen shots, you can see where the ‘Emo’ bit of the app’s name comes from; all very cute but, if you prefer, then you can opt for a somewhat more soothing ‘red dot’ display instead of lots of cartoon smiling faces :-) This universal app hit the App Store this week and, … [Read more...]

Navichord update – new features and tweaks added to the excellent iOS chord and harmony exploration app

I reviewed Navichord here on the Music App Blog back in September 2014. The original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – but the design is so simple and elegant that, even though it was (at that stage) more of an educational tool or idea pad, rather than an actual musical instrument, it is a pleasure to use. The first major update - taking the app to v.1.1 - appeared at the end of October. As … [Read more...]

forScore update – score reader and catalogue system gets some tweaks

As well as the headline grabbing synths or DAWs or creative multi-effects, the App Store has its fair share of iOS music apps that are more utilitarian. I’ve looked at a number of these utility apps in the past and they can be important parts of your overall app toolkit. One app that falls into this category is forScore (which, at the time of writing, is priced at UK£7.99). This has been around on the App Store for quite some time as an iPad-only app (although there is a forScore mini that … [Read more...]