Archives for January 2016

MIDI Guitar updated – v.2 of audio-to-MIDI conversion app from Jam Origin arrives

I lamented the lot of the MIDI-hungry guitar player some time ago when reviewing the YouRock Guitar.  In short, however, there are a number of technologies that attempt to provide guitarists with a means of getting MIDI data from their guitar playing skills but, even after 25+ years of trying, none of these technologies has really fully cracked the problem. Three main approaches can be identified; the MIDI pickup, fretboard based note triggers and audio-to-MIDI conversion. Roland’s GK-3 … [Read more...]

TF7 updated – Pier Lim’s FM iOS synth app gets Ableton Link support

Synths, synths and... well...  more synths....  when it comes to iOS music apps, the App Store is not short of a few very good synths. I've lost count of the number of such synth apps I've reviewed here on the Music App Blog over the last couple of years but - to date at least - one of them has not been TF7 Synth (my bad!) by developer Pier Lim under his Tenacious Frog moniker. Indeed, this is an oversight as TF7 is both free (well, the base app at least so you can get a flavour of what's on … [Read more...]

Music Memos review – Apple create a songwriter’s notepad in an app

Some time ago here on the Music App Blog, I published a post looking at a compact ‘ever ready’ toolkit of iOS music apps that were ideal for an iPhone and primarily intended to allow the user to ‘capture’ a song idea as and when the muse decided to strike. When I put that post together, one key element of that app collection was a simple audio recording app…. not perhaps a multitrack recorder, but something that could be fired up with the minimum of fuss, switched into record mode, and … [Read more...]

Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs make further tweaks to their iOS mega-DAW

One of the things that appeared in my personal wishlist for 2015 was to see Auria add a MIDI recording/sequencing capability. We knew it was coming - WaveMachine Labs had already stated as much - but it was still quite an event when Auria Pro finally made its debut on the App Store a few weeks ago. In reviewing Auria Pro, I was hugely impressed with the ambition shown by WaveMachine Labs. In terms of the specification and feature list, this is perhaps the first iOS DAW/sequencer that crosses … [Read more...]

Audiobus and Audiobus Remote update – run both apps on the same iOS device

If you are interested in the possibility of making music on an iOS device, Audiobus - despite not making any sound of its own - is about as 'must have' an app as it is possible to get. This utility app makes the whole process involved with getting various other music apps (synths, guitar amp sims, audio effects, DAWs, etc.) working together into a coherent workflow just so much easier...  seriously, if you don't own it then you really should get treatment for your masochism. I reviewed … [Read more...]

MultitrackStudio for iPad update – new features and small fixes for Giel Bremmers iOS recording app

I posted a news item a few weeks ago about a recent update to MultitrackStudio for iPad. Giel Bremmers iOS DAW/sequencer perhaps does't get the attention it deserves but it is actually very well featured and, if you need to combine both audio and MIDI based sound sources within your recording projects, it does a solid job with a minimum of fuss. The update - to v.2.3.1 - was, however, notable for all iOS recording fans whether they use MultitrackStudio or not; the app became the first of the … [Read more...]

zMors Modular giveaway results – 5 winners of modular synth from Sven Braun

As I posted last week, Sven Braun's zMors Modular iOS music app was updated recently adding a number of new features. This included support for the new Ableton Link synchronisation protocol and, while I haven't tested this to death, it worked very well in my own run through sync'ing very nicely with Patterning (for example). As suggested my the name, this is a modular synth and, as a such, is perhaps aimed more at those who like to dig in and design their own sounds rather than those simply … [Read more...]

Positive Grid sale – birthday pricing on BIAS FX, BIAS Pedal, JamUp Pro and Final Touch

Don't you just love a bargain? Well, if you are a guitar playing/recording nut working under iOS, and you have not yet stumped up for the various Positive Grid iOS music apps, now might be a good time to do it. To celebrate the 8th anniversary of the company, Positive Grid have a sale running until the end of this week-end....  and this includes a number of their iOS music apps. BIAS FX is perhaps top of the pile as, in the sale, you can pick up a copy for just UK£7.99 (around 1/3 of the … [Read more...]

iOS virtual instrument roundup – sample-based virtual instruments for iOS – v.2

If you have subscribed to the Music App Blog email newsletter then you will have obtained a copy of our free guide titled ’25 iOS music apps to get you started’. This guide is probably due (yet another) update but, as keen eyed readers will have noted (err….  or anyone who can actually count) there are actually rather more than 25 apps listed in the guide. The reason for this is (a) quite simple and (b) rather wonderful. It’s simple because the iTunes App Store has a massive selection of iOS … [Read more...]