Archives for January 2017

ReSlice review – VirSyn deliver a slice of pure genius for iOS musicians

If you have hung around these pages for any length of time you will have a pretty clear idea of my own preferences when it comes to my personal iOS musical toolkit. I’m a guitar playing, synth using (my keyboard skills are basic), recording nut with a soft spot for working with audio loops and drum instruments (acoustic or electric) that give me rhythmic options that my limited (but improving) drum skills don’t allow me to play live. I’m perhaps less into really deep synths or self-assembly … [Read more...]

Moodscaper update – iOS soundscape creation app gets some further tweaks

Whatever your personal take on Rob Jackson's Moodscaper app - which I reviewed when it was first released - you can't accuse Rob of slacking when it comes to development of the app and regular updates. The latest of these arrived on the App Store yesterday and brings the app to v.1.9.9. Oh, and Rob has also released Pianoscaper, built on the same principles/interface as Moodscaper but with a greater emphasis of piano type sound sources....  although it is still very much in the abstract/ambient … [Read more...]

Blocs Wave updated – Novation take their loop-based music app to the ‘max’

Since launched, Novation's Blocs Wave has moved forward at quite a pace. The app itself, like Novation's Launchpad, is also a loop and sample-based music creation tool...   but with some feature differences that make it distinct from the LaunchPad approach. Anyway, Novation have rapidly developed the Blocs Wave concept further and a number of updates have already appeared for the app adding new import features, Ableton Link support, new export features, the very creative Slice Mode, a song … [Read more...]

GarageBand update – Apple bring some Alchemy to their iOS DAW/sequencer

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]

ReSlice released – VirSyn add an audio slicer instrument to their iOS music app line-up

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 have a further new … [Read more...]

n-Track Studio updated – n-Track Software’s multi-platform DAW/sequencer gets some tweaks

As regular readers here will be aware, my own use for iOS music technology is focused more on music composition and/or music recording than live performance. All of which makes it perhaps surprising that I had not, until recently, reviewed n-Track Studio DAW/sequencer (now something I've put right) for the Music App Blog. n-Track actually exists on the desktop (Windows and OSX), iOS and Android. This multi-platform approach might well make it very appealing to some potential users as it means … [Read more...]

Guitarism updated – Rhism bring their playable guitar app up to date

Well, today has already been quite an interesting one for my personal iOS music app preferences. Not only has Oscilab (a long-term favourite) recieved a welcome update after a period of quiet, but  Guitarism by Rhism (another long-term favourite) has also been updated. I reviewed Guitarism quite some time ago and the basic principle of how the app is played hasn't really changed too much since then so, if you are new to the app, then have a look through the original review to get up to speed. … [Read more...]

Figure updated – Allihoopa go all Chip Tunes with their classic iOS music app

It must be a bit of a 'day' for all-in-one EDM iOS music apps today. Alongside an update to the excellent Oscilab, we also have a further update to Allihoopa's Figure. Figure, originally release by Propellerhead, but now managed by its own team under the Allihoopa banner, is undoubtedly one of the iOS music apps that, in some way, helped define just what mobile music making might have to offer. With its brilliant use of the touchscreen interface and its ability to let almost anyone - musician or … [Read more...]

Oscilab update – 2beat bring their excellent EDM production app up to date

As I posted back in May 2014 when it was first launched, Oscilab - from developer 2beat - brings a very interesting, novel, and very intuitive approach to the creation of electronic music.  The interface looks fabulous and the app provides a combination of electronic-style sounds based upon modelled analog synthesis, samples and drum sounds. Indeed, I enjoyed working with Oscilab so much that it was a shoe-in for my personal 'top 10 new music apps released in 2014' list back in January 2015. … [Read more...]