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 couple of months back, there are further options for you to consider. 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. AEMS has been around as a desktop and Android app for some time…. but the iOS version has only recently appeared and is getting plenty of attention.
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 over the week-end taking the app to v.1.1.3. The update includs a number of refinements in various areas of the app’s operation. For example, the piano roll has had further refinements to improve how note length creation/editing is handled. It’s now also easier to adjust the grid size used within the piano roll editor and this can be dynamically adjusted as you zoom in/out. Velocity editing has also been improved and there are a number of other minor tweaks and fixes. This is all pretty modest tidying up but it does help with the workflow and is therefore good to see.
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, especially given the ‘free to try’ pricing approach.