Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps. These include iDensity, Stria and iPulsaret (all UK£5.99/US$5.99) plus the rather wonderful (and, to me, quite intimidating to program!) iVCS3 synth-meets-audio effect. If you have encountered any of these apps then you will know that apeSoft don’t really do ‘conventional’. Indeed, the iVCS3 – as a virtual recreation of a classic hardware synth from days gone by – is perhaps as conventional as it gets and, even then, they picked a very distinctive synth to model in software.
Of course, apeSoft also do their particular take of audio effects apps with apeFilter and apeDelay, both of which I’ve reviewed in the past here on the blog. Both have also kept evolving since release and features such as Ableton Link and, more recently, AU support have been added to both apps.
And both apps received a further update on the App Store yesterday (both move to v.2.2). The list of changes is identical for both apps. for example, there are some fixes applied for the AUv3 support to deal with occasional crashes during loading/unloading. In addition, the AudioPaste support has been refined and now offers options for multiple file transfers as a single operation. Bluetooth MIDI options have been refined and the external control of the app’s parameters via MIDI now has further options.
Both apeFilter and apeDelay still requires iOS 8.0 or later (although you will, of course, need iOS9 to use the AU version as opposed to the stand-alone, Audiobus or IAA routes) and are modestly sized downloads. At just UK£5.99/US$5.99 and UK£3.99/US$3.99 respectively, apeFilter and apeDelay packs a heck of a lot of features in for a very modest price. Anyway, check out the original reviews (linked to above) for the full details as much of that still applies despite the new look of their respective UIs. Perhaps not essential tools for everyone but certainly tools everyone could make good use of, both correctively and creatively.