Archives for September 2017

FAC Chorus for OSX – classy chorus app ported to OSX as an AU plugin

FAC Chorus arrived on the App Store a few of weeks ago and I wrote a full review of the iOS version recently here on the blog. I was suitably impressed and, in terms of basics, the app is universal, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is a modest 19MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£2.99/US$2.99; very much in the casual purchase price range. What's perhaps less modest is the feature set. As shown in the various screenshots (and I'll get to in more detail in a minute), the apps … [Read more...]

SongSheet update – Ghostdust’s popular song cataloguing app get iOS11 support

There are lots of ways of keeping track of your song charts whether those are all the covers you play in your gigging band or your own songs. However, if you want a convenient, and gig-friendly, digital format, then the is an app for that; SongSheet. I've reviewed SongSheet by developer Ghostdust previously on the blog so if you have not checked out the app  then do take a read. SongSheet is, however, more than just a cataloging app; it is also a very useful notepad system for songwriters as a … [Read more...]

djay Pro updated – algoriddim’s popular DJ app gets iOS11 tweaks

One of the first apps that I reviewed on the Music App Blog back in early 2012 was djay by algoriddim. As I said at the time, I don't lay any great claim to be a practicing DJ but the app - with its virtual decks, easy tempo matching and fun effects - is a ball to to use. It is, so a couple of my DJ friends tell me, also a pretty powerful platform for actually doing a live set and, hooked up to a decent hardware control surface, can easily form the control centre os a decent rig. Developer … [Read more...]

Flux:FX update – creative multi-effects gets 64-bit compatibility update

I reviewed Flux:FX from Noiise on the blog when it was first released. This is a multi-effects unit and would appeal to the same sorts of musicians/sound designer types as something like Turnado, Effectrix or  csSpectral. And, as a concluded at the end of the review, it is a pretty impressive app; slick, powerful but also pretty easy to use. It probably falls more naturally into the ‘creative’ category but, given that it offers some more conventional effects types as part of the package, you … [Read more...]

Samplebot launched – new sample-based music app from Michael Tyson/A Tasty Pixel

Michael Tyson will be well known to iOS music makers. He is part of iOS history with his involvement in Audiobus and, with Loopy HD under his own A Tasty Pixel development label, he has produced one of the most iconic demonstrations of just what iOS can do in terms of creative music making. And today (slightly ahead of schedule apparently) sees the launch of Michael's latest iOS music app offering; Samplebot. As the title suggests, this is a sample-based music creation app but, as you might … [Read more...]

Zeeon Synth updated – BeepStreet’s new iPad synth gets MIDI Learn

BeepStreet are perhaps best known for their Sunrizer synth app which has been around on the App Store for a long time and has a dedicated following amongst the long-standing iOS synth fanatics. They also offer the excellent Impaktor drum synth which perhaps doesn't have quite the profile it deserves. However, I posted a full review of their new Zeeon Synth app here on the blog a couple of weeks ago. Zeeon Synth is hugely impressive, offers a great analog vibe in both aesthetics and sound and … [Read more...]

iOS11 delivery day – more ‘stick or twist’ decisions for iOS musicians?

As I'm sure every iOS musician is aware, iOS11 is due to be released later today and, around 6pm UK time (adjust accordingly for your own time zone) it ought to be available to download for any of the iOS hardware that will support the new version. That pretty much means iPhone 5S, iPad Air, or iPod Touch 6th gen. or newer. For general use - whether that's on your iPhone or iPad - there is little reason not to update as iOS11 has some cool new features. The new drag and drop features for … [Read more...]

iMono/Poly updated – Korg add MIDI Learn to their new iOS synth app

Korg have an impressive legacy in the world of the synthesizer starting way back when with some innovative hardware designs. And while they still make (and recreate classic synths) in hardware, they have also embraced the software synth. Over recent years that has included iOS and, amongst the more recent releases are apps such as ARP ODYSSEi, iM1, iWaveStation and iDS-10. They have also released the excellent Gadget (now ported to OSX) and Module, there flagship iOS sample-based virtual … [Read more...]

Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets ready for iOS11

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for a few years now. I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it just after it was released. Mitosynth looked great, sounded great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and played nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my recommendation as a … [Read more...]