Archives for February 2016

Rytmik Ultimate update – iOS all-in-one electronic music production app from Cinemax updated

I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at some of the leading ‘all-in-one’ electronic music production apps for iOS. As I posted a couple of months ago, however, we now have a new contender in this category; Rytmik Ultimate from Cinemax. The Rytmik concept may well be familiar to some readers. It has, for example, been around as a ‘game’ for the Nintendo DS for a number of years. Even if you are not familiar with that previous incarnation, the … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – Positive Grid tweak their iOS mastering app

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process. However, today, of course, everyone recording musician knows about the existence of the mastering process and, while it is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, lots of DIY musicians will, as part of their own music production process, also take on the role of DIY mastering engineer. There are some powerful software solutions for this and, on the desktop environment, software such … [Read more...]

Music IO update – tweaks to the MIDI+audio-over-USB system for iOS

On the back of what seems to be a change of policy at Apple HQ, iOS developers now seem able to make use of the standard ‘sync’ USB cable connection between an iOS device and a desktop computer for more than just iTunes File Sharing. For iOS musicians, as we have seen over the last few months or so, that has resulted in a number of apps that allow MIDI and audio data to be transferred between iPad (for example) and desktop music production system. One of the obvious contenders in this … [Read more...]

Glitchbreaks update – Alex Matheu’s beat manipulator app gets Ableton Link support

While I've dabbled with Glitchbreaks on a regular basis, it is one of those apps that I've never quite got around to writing up a full review of for the blog (something I should rectify for both Glitchbreaks and Sliver, Alex Matheu's other iOS music app). As the name suggests, the app provides an environment for manipulating beats, allowing the user to add all sorts of audio effects to create new beats from old. The interface is pretty easy to navigate and the app is a lot of fun to use if … [Read more...]

SoundPrism Link Edition launched – MIDI performance app gets Ableton Link version

I reviewed SoundPrism Pro – produced by Audanika and currently priced at UK£6.99 – when it was first launched on the Music App Blog. SoundPrism Pro is essentially a MIDI performance app. Rather like apps such as Chordion, Gestrument and Synthecaster (all of which I have reviewed previously on the site), while SoundPrism Pro does include its own audio engine and has a small collection of sounds built in to it, its real strength is as a performance interface that uses the touchscreen to allow the … [Read more...]

MiMiXmini launched – TTrGames bring their Audiobus mixer utility app to iPhone

I have to admit that, on first release, MiMix, from developer TTrGames, passed me by. However, with v.2.0 arriving on the App Store a few months ago, and a somewhat harder promotional push by the development team, it certainly felt like a good time for me to play ‘catch up’ and give the app a full review. MiMix has a tag line of ‘Mixer for Audiobus’ and this pretty much sums up its key function; whatever apps you have sitting within your Audiobus setup (up to a maximum of eight, although as … [Read more...]

Modstep updated – AppBC refine their iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

Regular iOS music makers will be familiar with AppBC as the developer behind the Studiomux app which was updated recently. Like Music IO, Studiomux provides a mean of streaming both MIDI and audio data between your desktop music system and your iOS music system using nothing more than your standard iOS USB/charging cable. While this technology is still relatively new, it works pretty well once you have got your head around what's required within your desktop DAW/sequencer to get the best out of … [Read more...]

AUFX Series updates – further refinements for all the AUFX audio effects apps

As regular readers here will already know, I'm a bit of a fan of the iOS music apps produced by Jonatan Liljedahl under his Kymatica brand. As well as the brilliant Sector, Jonatan is also the developer behind the very impressive AUFX series of apps, a suite of audio effects apps, all available at pocket money prices but with a performance that is anything but cheap and nasty. I've reviewed AUFX:Space (a reverb), AUFX:Dub (a delay), AUFX:PeakQ (an EQ) and AUFX:Push (a dynamics effects) … [Read more...]

BIAS Amp update – tweaks for Positive Grid’s amp designer app for iOS

If you are a guitar playing iOs musician, there are lots of iOS music apps aimed very squarely at you. This includes a number of guitar rig simulation apps and I did a round up article covering the leading contenders in that field just a few weeks ago. One app that sort of fits in that category is BIAS Amp (and the separate BIAS Amp for iPhone version) from Positive Grid. I say 'sort of' because these apps are not really about your entire (virtual) guitar rig but just once component of it; … [Read more...]