Like many long-standing iPad music makers, I’m a big fan of the iOS music apps produced by Igor Vasiliev. These include Master FX, Master Record, the brilliant AltiSpace and the equally brilliant Audio Mastering.
Mastering your audio (giving it that final polish through EQ, compression, maximising and stereo enhancement) is a bit of a dark art (and certainly requires some experience) but Igor’s Audio Mastering app does make that process very accessible even for relatively new users.
I reviewed ‘v.2.0’ of Audio Mastering app back in January 2014 on the blog. This bought some significant new features with the ‘advanced’ mode providing a flexible parametric EQ and real-time spectrum display of your audio while you work on the processing options. A number of other updates have appeared since then – v.2.1 added a multi-band compression option, while v.2.4 included improvements in the Stereo Imaging module, additional metering options in the Compressor, the addition of high and low cut filters within the EQ module and a new presets manager. V.2.5 gave new options for metering within the compressor module allowing you to visualize more clearly what your compressor settings are doing to the dynamics of your audio.
In August last year, v.2.7 allowed Audio Mastering to operate at 96kHz sampling rates. Providing your audio interface allows you to get audio into and out of your iPad at this sampling rate, Audio Mastering will work with that file and all internal processing will be carried out at 96kHz.
Yesterday saw v.2.9 arrive on the App Store and, as with v.2.8 that appeared back in September, the only entry in the App Store description is ‘minor bug fixes’. It’s great that Igor – who is definitely one of the nice guys in the iOS development world – is continuing to consolidate the app. I’m already wondering whether ‘v.3.0’ might bring some new features but, until then, this is a really deep and powerful app.
All these features will cost you the princely sum of UK£9.99 (which is, frankly, a pitifully small amount of money given what it can do). Audio Mastering is an impressive app and, with a few fewer bugs (not that I ever managed to find any of then), v.2.9 now works even better.