Archives for November 2016

NOIZ update – new features for iOS remix app from Studio Amplify

Over the last few years, the iTunes App Store has become steadily populated with a huge selection of iOS music apps. And, while it is all too easy to get a bit blasé about what’s now possible on an iPhone or iPad, do pinch yourself occasionally and remind yourself just what can be achieved. This impressive app catalogue is remarkable in all sorts of ways. Yes, the pricing structure is one reason but, perhaps even more impressive, is the sheer diversity of what’s available under the ‘music … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS gets guitar-friendly

There are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I recently reviewed the relatively new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team - Tessitura Pro - which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any aspect of scales and scale modes (and associated chords). This is perhaps an app more aimed at the serious music student rather than someone looking for … [Read more...]

Triqtraq update – Zaplin tweak the Ableton Link support in their pocket-sized electronic music app

One of the first apps I reviewed here on the Music App Blog back in mid-2012 was the rather wonderful Triqtraq by Zaplin Music. Not long before looking at triqtraq, I'd also reviewed Propellerhead's Figure. I suspect Figure is an app the almost every long-standing iOS musician has experienced and, what it lacks in sophisticated features, it more than makes up for in the fun it provides. However, if you are a fan of Figure, then I suspect you would also like Triqtraq. While the two apps … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets a further update

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. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the app underwent a significant update to v.1.9 recently.  And, while Elastic Drums is still very much about drum synthesis, it you want to complement that with some sample-based sounds - drum or otherwise - you now can; via an inexpensive IAP (UK£3.99/US$4.99), you can now add the Sampler Engine feature. The … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio gets another great update

As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that's well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday sales – bargain prices continue into the new week

Well, Black Friday has come and gone....  but, if you still have a little bit of flexibility in your flexible friend (or some change left over from your Saturday night out) then Cyber Monday is still with us. Most of the fabulous iOS music app sales that have been running over the last few days still hold good.... The sale pricing will disappear at different time points for each app over the next few days depending upon the approach adopted by the different developers involved. Anyway, I've … [Read more...]

GoBeats update – Positive Grid test voice control in their skeleton of an 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...]

forScore update – score reader gets further refinements for iOS10

As well as the headline grabbing synths or DAWs or creative multi-effects, the App Store has its fair share of iOS music apps that are more utilitarian. I’ve looked at a number of these utility apps in the past and they can be important parts of your overall app toolkit. One app that falls into this category is forScore (which, at the time of writing, is priced at UK£7.99/US$9.99). This has been around on the App Store for quite some time as an iPad-only app (although there is a forScore mini … [Read more...]

ARP ODYSSEi update – Korg tweak their excellent iOS Odyssey emulation

In the wider world of music technology, Korg are undoubtedly one of the big-hitter brands. Over the last few years, they have bought that strong reputation and undoubted expertise to bear in the iOS music app market place. Earlier apps such as iKaossilator, iPolysix and iMS-20 showed great promise but more recent apps such as Gadget, Module and iM1 have pretty much knocked it out the park. In it’s own way, each is brilliant and, while these are apps at the upper end of the iOS music app … [Read more...]