Archives for August 2016

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets some timing 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. The app was great on first launch but Oliver has released a steady stream 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 capitalise of the larger screen format offered by the iPad. In v.1.6, … [Read more...]

Notetracks giveaway – 5 copies of the musical collaboration tool to be won

As I outlined in the iPad Recording Studio series, recording technology is now available for the masses and, while you can still meet your musical partners face-to-face, the internet has made remote collaboration not only possible but also a ‘norm’. This is a great thing…. that you can hook up with musicians pretty much anywhere in the world and, whether you have ever actual met or not, begin a musical collaboration. And, as I've reported here before, there 'is an app for that'. In fact, … [Read more...]

Different Drummer update – Techné Media add further refinements to their powerful drum/groove/music generator app

OK, so providing you remember that Different Drummer is not just a drum app, Techné Media's flagship iOS music app is packed with features, hugely flexible - it's as much an electronic music production system as just a drum app - and can produce some fabulous, pattern-based grooves. It is not, however, perhaps the easiest of apps to get your head around as a new user.... That said, it is a lot of fun to explore and Techné Media have maintained a steady roll-out of updates since the app was … [Read more...]

Startfish Escalator review – Mark Wherry helps you find a name for your next band

If, like me, you spent your teenage years forming, dis-banding and then re-forming various bands with your mates, then you will have wasted just as much time as I did discussing the relative merits of different band names. At 14 (or thereabouts), the name of the band is probably the thing that occupies the attention more than anything else, including the songs and rehearsal time (doh!).... it is an important part of the musical journey. OK, so the name of the band actually means nothing in … [Read more...]

Notetracks update – Notetracks Inc fine-tune their musical collaboration tool – and on SALE

Way back when (er… well, pre- the explosion of broadband internet connectivity) musicians met at gigs or music stores or college, bands formed and collaboration began. You rehearsed where anyone would let you make a noise and you booked a recording studio to capture a demo or three. As I outlined in the iPad Recording Studio series, recording technology is now available for the masses and, while you can still meet your musical partners face-to-face, the internet has made remote collaboration not … [Read more...]

Gadget update – Korg bring some further refinements to their mega iOS electronic music production tool

There are a number of really excellent 'all-in-one' electronic music production apps available for iOS; fire any of them up and, without dipping into another app, you can be presented with some fabulously creative musical options. Korg's Gadget is one of these and the company have continued to move the app forward since its release in 2014 bringing quite a number of new 'gadgets' available through IAPs. The link with Korg's Module - probably the best sample-based virtual instrument currently … [Read more...]

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

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...]

SilQ EQ update – new drawscreen feature for powerful iOS EQ app

I've reviewed both the GuitarCapo+ and SilQ iOS music apps from developer Tonapp AS here on the Music App Blog and provided some coverage of the various updates to the apps since release. If there are two processors that are essential in every mixing task then they are compression and EQ. In SilQ, Jon-Mortn provides a 32-band stereo graphic equalizer is a convenient and easy-to-use, iOS music app format. The app is a 6MB download, is iPad only and includes support for Audiobus and IAA. It … [Read more...]

GoBeats review – Positive Grid give us a taster for the iOS AI drummer

Positive Grid are well known within the iOS music making world for their highly regarded guitar rig/amp modelling software with BIAS Amp and BIAS FX being the current flagship products. Having started with iOS, they are, however, one of the few iOS developers that have attempted to 'go the other way' and expand their product line into the desktop world. Equally, they have also moved into hardware and their latest product - the BIAS Head amplifier - is an ambitious undertaking, especially as they … [Read more...]