Archives for March 2016

RP-1 review – Kai Aras supplies a new delay app with Audiobus, IAA, AU and Link all included

I did a couple of audio effects/processor app rounds articles a while ago here on the Music App Blog. It is a category that we have some excellent offerings within whether you are looking for more conventional processing options or more creative ‘out there’ effects. However, given the budget pricing of many iOS music apps, and given the fact that, until the AU format becomes more widely adopted, you are limited to a single instance of each music app running at any one time, there is certainly no … [Read more...]

Modstep review – mega MIDI sequencer for iOS from AppBC

When it comes to MIDI sequencers, the iOS App Store perhaps isn’t as well endowed as it is in some other music app categories. Unlike on the desktop – where pretty much every DAW also features a well-specified MIDI sequencing environment, under iOS we don’t have the same level of choice. That’s not to say there are not some decent options though. Currently, Auria Pro is perhaps as close as we get to what’s available on the desktop while Cubasis offers a more scaled-down version of the same … [Read more...]

DC-9 Overdrive review – Blamsoft add some overdrive to their iOS AU plugin collection

The ‘new for iOS9’ Audio Units (AU) plugin format has now been with us for a few months but I think it is fair to say that the impact of this technology has, so far at least, been somewhat muted. Like all new (well, in this case, new to iOS at least) software technologies it is undoubtedly going to take developers some time to establish what potential AU may hold for them. We did have a few early adopters with MultitrackStudio for iPad becoming the first DAW/sequencer able to host AU plugins … [Read more...]

Mersenne review – iceWorks bring their unique take on FM synthesis to iOS

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. Thor, Nave, Animoog, Z3TA+, iSEM, Tera Synth, Synthmaster Player, MitoSynth, iProphet, Model 15… well, add your own favourites to the list. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well-established competition and a couple of … [Read more...]

Viking Synth review – Blamsoft add a first iOS AU instrument plugin to their catalogue

I did some revisions to my ‘best iOS synths apps’ roundup article not so long ago and, as I commented at the time, this is a category of iOS music app where the choice is abundant and the quality can be very high. That doesn’t, however, seem to deter developers from offering us some further choices; enter, stage left, Viking Synth from Blamsoft. Blamsoft will be familiar to some iOS musicians through their series of Audio Units (AU) iOS effects apps. Indeed, if it wasn’t for Blamsoft, the AU … [Read more...]