Archives for October 2015

Patterning giveaway – three copies of Olympia Noise Co’s brilliant iOS drum/rhythm machine app up for grabs

As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I'm a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. For example, Chordion has always been a personal favourite because of its easy-to-use design. The app is perhaps one of the best examples of some clever design to exploit the strengths of the touchscreen and create a playable interface that musicians can use. Olympia Noise Co are not a one-trick pony and both Ondes and dot Melody are also well worth … [Read more...]

FieldScaper giveaway results – five winners of Igor Vasiliev’s new iOS sound design app

I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX, Master Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. SoundScaper was  bit of a departure from the more conventional audio effects processing apps Igor had previously released but it proved very popular with sound designers and more experimental … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums giveaway results – five 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 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...]

WOW Filterbox updated – Sugar Bytes bring iOS9 tweaks to their flexible audio filter app

As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making. I also own a number of these in their desktop formats and, again, they get regular use. Sugar Bytes other iOS port of one of their desktop plugins is WOW Filterbox and I reviewed this  when the iOS version was first released. While this app doesn't perhaps get the headlines that the other three sometimes … [Read more...]

BIAS Pedal review – Positive Grid let you design your own distortion pedal in an iOS app

There are lots of (mainly arbitrary) ways that you can classify both music and musicians. Given that I’m a fully signed up member of the guitar players union (and, therefore, not about to be accused of poking fun at others without poking fun at myself also), let’s see if I can provide one such classification for electric guitar players. In this classification, we have four groups and, while they are most certainly not mutually exclusive (a single guitar player can belong to more than one group), … [Read more...]

midiSTEPs update – beautifully designed four-part iOS MIDI sequencer from Art Kerns gets its first update

I reviewed midiSTEPs on the blog a couple of weeks ago. There is some considerable iOS pedigree behind midiSTEPs as the developer is Art Kerns who will be well known to regular iOS musicians through apps such as midiLFOs and Funkbox, both of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. MidiSTEPs, at one level, is a fairly conventional step-based pattern sequencer with patterns featuring up to 64 steps (with control over step-length relative to the musical grid) and you can … [Read more...]

Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co add further tweaks to their brilliant iOS drum/rhythm machine app

As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I'm a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. For example, Chordion has always been a personal favourite because of its easy-to-use design. The app is perhaps one of the best examples of some clever design to exploit the strengths of the touchscreen and create a playable interface that musicians can use. Olympia Noise Co are not a one-trick pony and both Ondes and dot Melody are also well worth … [Read more...]

BIAS FX updated – Positive Grid add support for new BIAS Pedal app

As I posted back in April, Positive Grid created a bit of a splash with their new BIAS FX app when it was first released. The app is undoubtedly a step up in terms of the processing and sound from PG's JamUp Pro (although that is still very good in its own right) and links brilliantly with BIAS Amps. For iOS guitar tone-heads, the BIAS combination is undoubtedly a very tempting one. The app has had a number of updates since release, adding new features and a number of IAP expansion packs. … [Read more...]

iRig Keys Pro review – compact MIDI keyboard for iOS, OSX and Windows from IK Multimedia

About 18 months or so ago, I remember raising the issue of finding my ‘ideal MIDI keyboard controller’ in my weekly email newsletter. At the time, I was looking for a compact external MIDI keyboard to use mainly with my iPad but, like most music tech geeks, I had a specific ‘feature list’ to suit by particular needs. Now, there are lots of MIDI keyboards available on the market and, even a couple of years ago, many of them could be made to work with iOS. However, could I find one that really hit … [Read more...]