Archives for July 2017

Unique updated – Sugar Bytes tweak to their iOS synth including Audiobus 3 support

I did a full review of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth app Unique here on the blog soon after it launched. As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making (and on the desktop!). Unique is another great addition to the line-up and, while I'm sure I own way more synth apps that I will ever need, at App Store pricing that's not such a difficult temptation to give in … [Read more...]

Tonebridge review – practice tool with instant guitar tones and an AU twist

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article in the 'less is more' series looking at whether Audio Units (AU) plugin support under iOS was far enough along its development path to be considered as all you might need. I put together my personal set of AU host (Cubasis in my case) plus a small selection of AU plugins - synths, drums, effects, etc. - that could form the basis of my iOS music making workflow. My conclusions - perhaps not surprising at this point in time - was that AU was nearly … [Read more...]

Replicant 2 review – Audio Damage get creative with delay for their latest iOS AU port

Audio Damage are clearly on an iOS music app mission; Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2 and Dubstation 2 have all appeared in very quick succession. Time for a short break over the summer? Er....  it doesn't look like it.... a further app appeared on the App Store yesterday.... This time we have a port of Replicant 2, their desktop plugin that is perhaps most easily described as a sort of 'creative delay/stutter' effect. As before, the iOS version apparently brings exactly the same … [Read more...]

Cubase iC Pro update – Steinberg update their iOS remote control app for Cubase

As regular readers here will be aware, while I'm a huge fan of iOS-based music technology, I do also run a desktop-based music production system. In my case, that's built around Steinberg's Cubase DAW/sequencer (hence my preference for Cubasis under iOS). With quite so many years on my personal Cubase clock, I'm unlikely to be changing tack anytime soon but, having used a number of the obvious competitors, I have to say that it is now quite difficult to find a 'bad' DAW/sequencer whether you are … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets new features

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you will be well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. As I mentioned back in February, the app recently underwent a significant update to v.2.0.  Having added support for using drum samples (via an IAP) in v.1.9, v.2.0 added Ableton Live Set Export features, re-vamped the sample import process and made further sample-based kits available via the in-app store. Oliver is, however, one of the more … [Read more...]

Dubstation 2 review – Audio Damage continue to impress with their growing iOS AU app range

I've recently reviewed Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion and Eos 2 by Audio Damage. The developer has been producing desktop music software/plugins for some time....  and building a good reputation for well-featured software sold at (for the desktop market at least) competitive prices. All three of the above iOS apps represent ports of desktop plugins to iOS. And, a couple of weeks ago, they released a further such port in Dubstation 2. As I've been peddling wildly on various other work fronts … [Read more...]

KASPAR review – Yonac bring you 8 iOS synths in one

I’ve reviewed a number of Yonac’s iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including ToneStack and Steel Guitar, both of which I really like. However, Yonac also do keyboard-based iOS music apps and, as I posted a few days ago, their latest release is KASPAR, a brand new synth app. The headline reading ‘new iOS synth app!’ might, of course, have your eyes rolling as you are already well-saturated in terms of virtual synth ownership. However, there are some interesting elements … [Read more...]

Audulus 3 updated – modular synthesis app gets Audiobus 3 support

If you are the kind of person who likes to program their own synth patches then an iOS music app such as Audulus is pretty much the ultimate playground. Not only do you get to program your own patches but - because of the modular nature of the virtual instrument - you also get to build the synth engine in the first place. I reviewed Audulus 3 - a new version of the app with some significant additions and design restyling - when it first appeared and was very impressed. In essence, however, … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 6 – a compact ‘AU-only’ iOS music app collection for music production

When I did my usual crystal ball gazing and ‘wish listing’ post to mark the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, I speculated – and hoped – that this year might (finally) see the Audio Units plugin format make a real impact under iOS. This wasn’t a risky prediction, nor an unusual wish, as I’m sure lots of iOS music makers would have shared both thoughts. Indeed, many would also comment ‘about time’ considering AU was first introduced by Apple in iOS9 and we are only a few months away from seeing … [Read more...]