Archives for January 2017

iRig Acoustic Stage review – IK Multimedia revamp their acoustic guitar pickup system

While the winter NAMM show was, as usual, dominated by guitars and drum and keyboards and desktop music technology, tucked away in the corners were a number of items that would obviously appeal to the iOS-based musician. For example, IK Multimedia – one of the more prominent supporters of the mobile musician – had a few new things to announce. These included the up-coming iRig Pro I/O (a follow up to the very popular original iRig Pro) and the iRig Nano Amp (a pocket-sized amp for your iOS-based … [Read more...]

ReSlice giveaway – 3 copies of VirSyn’s new audio slicer instrument to be won

As I posted earlier today, VirSyn's most recent addition to their iOS music app line up - the brilliant ReSlice - has been updated in the last few days. The update brings some fixes and some significant new features....  impressive progress given just how recently the app launched and makes an already excellent app even better. As the name might suggest, this is an app for 'slicing' your audio samples and, as I outlined in the full ReSlice review a posted a few days after launch, this is a … [Read more...]

Troublemaker giveaway results – 5 winners of Bram Bos’ 303 inspired iOS synth

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in doing a full review, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and I think this might already be a strong contender for my 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' selection (and, if it's not, then we are in for a heck of a year!). Bram is building an impressive collection of iOS music apps. I … [Read more...]

ReSlice updated – VirSyn add new features to their audio slicer instrument

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist and, most recently, AudioEffx, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. And they show no signs of slowing things down. Only a few weeks after AudioEffx arrived, we had a further new … [Read more...]

Klevgränd updates – tweaks made to a number of their iOS AU music app collection

I've reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two - Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, PressIt,  Esspresso, Jussi and Haaze for example. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see... and, in every case, I've been hugely impressed with the … [Read more...]

Guitarism updated – Rhism adds a further fix to their playable guitar app

There is a saying in the UK about waiting ages for a bus to turn up and then two coming along together (and which derives from the occasionally unpredictable timetables of public transport) but the same phrase might apply to Guitarism by Rhism (a long-term favourite IOS music app). We waited two years for the most recent update - v.3.33 a couple of weeks ago - and now v.3.34 is here right behind it. I reviewed Guitarism quite some time ago and the basic principle of how the app is played … [Read more...]

AudioReverb update – VirSyn fine-tune their AU iOS reverb effects app

There have been a number of notable iOS music app updates over the last few days while I've been away visiting the UK. I'm not sure I'm going to catch up with them all via the blog but, as VirSyn's AudioReverb is a bit of a personal favourite - and AU-friendly to boot - I thought I'd give this one a bit of a mention. I reviewed AudioReverb when it was originally released. It provides an excellent range of reverb treatments and, at the current price of UK£6.99/US$6.99, it is very modestly … [Read more...]

Troublemaker giveaway – 5 copies of Bram Bos’ 303 inspired iOS synth to be won

As I mentioned last week in doing a full review, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and I think this might already be a strong contender for my 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' selection (and, if it's not, then we are in for a heck of a year!). Bram is building an impressive collection of iOS music apps. I reviewed his … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...  and I'll leave you with a nice giveaway to think about :-) I wish I could say the trip was something I'm looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is not. We have to travel back the the UK for the funeral of a close family … [Read more...]