Archives for September 2015

AnalogKit review – modular synth environment for iOS from Bitcount Ltd

As I’ve commented many times before, if there is one category of iOS music apps that is well stocked to the point of overflowing then it’s the synth category. And, if you are anything like me (that is, a bit of an iOS music app addict), I suspect your iPad or iPhone is already well populated in this regard. Of course, there are ‘synths’ and there are ‘synths’; not all are made equal and, a few powerhouse examples aside that do something of everything, many are actually quite specialised in … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums giveaway – five copies of Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app up for grabs

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 when it became available and was very impressed with the sound and feature set of the first release. The app has also had number 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...]

MusicAppNews website live – GuitarCapo developer Jon-Morten Stenvik provides a headline service

I've given regular coverage to iOS music app GuitarCapo+ from developer Tonapp As but main man Jon-Morten Stenvik has just launched a somewhat different iOS music making venture; the MusicAppNews website. I'm sure that you all have your favourite online resources that you turn to for your iOS music app/technology information - hopefully, including the Music App Blog :-) - but this new site is something a little different. It pulls in headline feeds from a number of the other popular iOS music … [Read more...]

Alina String Ensemble review – Insideout provide a virtual recreation of the classic Solina String Ensemble hardware

Any music technology fan, whether using desktop or mobile (or both) environments, will be well aware of the huge number of virtual keyboard and synth instruments there are available. Under iOS, we are blessed not only with masses of choice but also a combination of excellent quality and very modest software pricing. Perhaps the real problem is that because the prices are so low, the temptation is to buy every synth/keyboard app going and therefore not have the time to fully exploit all the … [Read more...]

Auxy updated – iOS9 tweaks for streamlined pattern-based music production app for iPad

I’ve often commented here about the fact that the iOS app format has seen a refreshing return to simple software. Yep, there are times when I need an all singing, all dancing iOS music app but, equally, there are times when an app Auxy, which I reviewed back on the blog some time ago, is just the thing. Auxy shares some elements in common with Figure but, equally, also has a passing nod as Gadget (although it is nowhere near as deep as Korg’s offering). In essence, Auxy (which is iPad only) … [Read more...]

Mobile Convolution Reverb review – quality reverb sounds for iOS at a pocket money price

If you have been dabbling with music and recording technology for some considerable time, then you may well be familiar with the concept (shock, horror!) that reverb effects don’t have to come in a software format; however it is created - springs, plates, hardware (containing software) or simply software (plugins, apps) – reverb is one of the most important audio effects processors used in modern music recording. Over the years, software-based reverb started in what we call an ‘algorithmic’ … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets iOS9 ready

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...]

Clapping Music update – part-game, part-music app, Steve Reich’s Clapping Music gets iOS9 support

I reviewed Steve Reich's Clapping Music game app back in August here on the Music App Blog. Steve Reich is a composer and has produced all sorts of rather esoteric music compositions in a varied and colourful career. He developed his clapping music concept in the 1970s but he is highly regarded as an innovative and inventive musician and is well-know for other music concepts also. As demonstrated in the videos embedded below, clapping music is built around the idea of two performers clapping … [Read more...]

iFretless Guitar updated – Blue Mangoo add iOS9 support

I've reviewed iFretless Bass, iFretless Brass and iFretless Sax from Blue Mangoo on the Music App Blog previously. All three are excellent iOS music apps and the playing interface provides plenty of expressive possibilities. However, I've never got around to reviewing the other iFretless app - iFretless Guitar - other than a brief mention in my iOS virtual instrument roundup article. For iFretless Guitar, you can pretty much take as read the comments made for iFretless Bass and iFretless Sax … [Read more...]