If you look at the desktop marketplace, the world is not short of DAW/sequencer options. And, if the likes of, for example, Cubasis, GarageBand, Auria Pro of now Gadget, don’t float your particular boat, as I posted a few weeks ago, there are further options for you to consider (such as Meteor Multitrack that I also mentioned in an earlier post today).However, I also reviewed another interesting contender that made it’s iOS debut quite recently; Audio Evolution Mobile Studio.
As I discussed in the full review, I was impressed with the basic concept, the conventional design approach (which makes for a modest learning curve) and the sensible core feature selection. The ‘free + IAP’ pricing model is also one that will undoubtedly attract some iOS musicians as it does allow an element of try before you buy.
Developer Davy Wentzler has been very active since the initial release and the app’s performance with both AU and IAA apps has been considerably fine-tuned. This now seems like a pretty solid host for your 3rd party apps and the feature set – as covered in my original review – is impressive.
Anyway, a further update appeared a couple of days ago taking the app to v.1.1.2. The major tweaks are within the piano-roll editing system. This has undergone a number of changes to improve the workflow including slicker gesture-based ways for adding notes, changing its length and selecting multiple notes. I’m sure users will find this useful…. although I’d still like to see some further options for editing MIDI velocity data, for example [any chance Davy? ;-) ]. Other refinements include tweaks to the grid in the piano roll and the fact that you see an overview of the currently selected MIDI clip in the project overview section of the display when using the piano roll editing screen.
I really should update my ‘iOS DAW/sequencer roundup‘ article to include AEMS… and with Korg’s Gadget having just added audio recording – and therefore becoming a DAW as well as a sequencer – that’s also worth considering. Anyway, as an alternative to the obvious DAW/sequencer competition, AEMS is certainly worth exploring.