Archives for April 2016

Afro Latin Drum Machine 2 review – killer latin rhythms in an app from Luis Martinez

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While they might all be ‘apps’, the approaches do vary and cover a wide range of musical territory. For example, you might get apps that offer drums based upon audio loops (Drum Loops HD), sample-based virtual drum machines (I guess Patterning comes in here but it is way more than that), virtual drummers (think DrumPerfect Pro here), drum synths (Elastic Drums or Attack Drums for … [Read more...]

RealShaker giveaway – 5 copies of virtual egg shaker app up for grabs

I've often mentioned here that I like the way the iOS platform encourages some developers to produce simple, 'one job only' type software. One app that received the Music App Blog review treatment a couple of weeks ago is almost the ultimate example of that; RealShaker by Aaron Dwyer. As the name and the app icon suggest, RealShaker is...  well, go on, take a guess.....  yep, it's an app shaker percussive instrument in an app. It is universal, requires iOS8.0 or later and is a 5.0MB download. … [Read more...]

Figure updated – Propellerhead add new features to their classic iOS music app

I missed a few updates while I was on enforced gardening leave for a few days and, while I've no intention of catching up on all of them, there are a few I can't ignore.   One of those is one of the iOS music apps that, in some way, have helped define just what mobile music making might have to offer; Figure. With its brilliant use of the touchscreen interface and its ability to let almost anyone - musician or non-musician - making some cool-sounding electronic dance music in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Modstep updated – AppBC add AU hosting to 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...]

Navichord giveaway results – 10 winners of chord/harmony exploration app

I did a full review of Navichord here on the Music App Blog some time ago but, as I posted a couple of weeks ago (and my web hosting company then deleted for me), the app has just had a significant update adding some very useful new features including Ableton Link. While the original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – the app is now a pretty well-specified MIDI performance tool and those … [Read more...]

Shoom review – an iOS synth app from sonic experimenters from Yuri Turov

While the Music App Blog attracts all sorts of folks from different musical backgrounds, I suspect it is fair to say that iOS as a platform appeals to a somewhat disproportionate number of synth geeks. It’s not hard to understand why. The App Store offers a shed-load of excellent synth apps at prices that are, frankly, just plain silly and, at its best, iOS developers have created all sorts of interesting and unique ways in which the touchscreen makes synthesis fun. The latest offering to … [Read more...]

zMors Modular update – modular iOS synth gets a number of new modules

Regular readers might recall that I reviewed Sven Braun's zMors Modular (currently UK£7.99/US$9.99) some time ago here on the blog. Sven is also the developer behind the rather cool zMors Synth (also UK£7.99) that I've reviewed in the past here on the Music App Blog; a somewhat quirky and retro synth but with a well-thought out interface is easy to use even for newbie synth programmers. I'm not sure the same can be said of zMors Modular (or, indeed, any modular synth) as it is really a DIY … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – brilliant iOS drum app from Oliver Greschke gets further round of tweaks

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 while ago and was very impressed with the sound and feature set of the first release. The app has also had a 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...]

FieldScaper update – Igor Vasiliev brings some further tweaks to his 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...]