Ripplemaker review – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned when reviewing Troublemaker from Bram Bos in early January, that app is already a favourite for inclusion in my ‘top 10 iOS music apps of 2017’ when I get to mull over that annual thought process in a few months time. Troublemaker is an absolute triumph on a number of levels. The control set is deep enough to coax a variety of sounds from the synth engine but without putting off the less well qualified synth dabblers, the pattern sequencer is genius in design, the app runs as an … [Read more...]

Grind Distortion released – Audio Damage keep the iOS AU ports coming

I reviewed Audio Damage's Rough Rider 2 a few days ago here on the Music App Blog. Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years but Rough Rider 2 marked their first toe into iOS waters....  and the app arrived as a free download, offering a rather nice compressor in an AU-friendly format. Win, win, but also obviously a taster for what is about to come.... .... which is, I think, ports of other items in the Audio Damage desktop plugin range … [Read more...]

SessionBand sale – all SessionBand apps currently at half price

If you have ever played one of the more 'consumer' orientated electric keyboards, you will be familiar with the concept of 'auto-accompaniment'; you play some chords and the keyboard does its best to add some bass and drums (for example). Way back when, perhaps 'cheesy' would have been the best way to describe this technology; it was music Jim, but not as we know it.... Thankfully, the musical AI behind this kind of approach has come some way since then and, while 'muzak' is still available … [Read more...]

BeatMirror review – Ten Kettles expand on their iOS musical education app offerings

As an aid to your efforts as a musician, iOS doesn't just have to be about synths and drum machine and DAWs; it can also be about improving your musical skills. I've looked at a number of iOS music apps that might fall into this 'utility' category over the years here on the Music App Blog. There are some really good offerings but, as with that subscription for your local gym, buying an educational app doesn't buy you the right to the skills it teaches; some practice is required for that. Ten … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 5; iOS KISS vs iOS KISS

This short series of short(ish) articles is taking a lighthearted – but hopefully thought provoking - look at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform. It is intended to provide a balanced view of the merits (or otherwise) so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed whether it forms a good match to their particular needs. The topic of this post – part 5 in the series – is all about KISS. The ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ phrase is, of course, a bit … [Read more...]

Rough Rider 2 review – Audio Damage port their desktop compressor plugin to iOS

I've reviewed a number of compressor and limiter style iOS effects apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While there perhaps still isn't the plethora of choice desktop music makers might have available, we do have some good options and, thankfully, these include a number of apps that support the AU plugin format. And we now have another one....  and this addition is quite interesting on a number of counts. First, Rough Rider 2 is from Audio Damage and it represents the … [Read more...]

Quincy update – RoGame Software add Ableton Link support in their generative music composition app

I included Quincy (currently UK£3.99/US$4.99) from RoGame Software in my iOS generative music apps roundup a while ago. Quincy is a sort of abstract ambient music generator and the app uses an underlying algorithm that is based upon the Game of Life pattern generation process. You ‘seed’ the musical idea with a graphical pattern of cells and a set of rules are then applied that dictate which cells remain alive, which die and which new cells are ‘born’. And, as the pattern changes on the … [Read more...]

TC-11 update – Bit Shape add Audiobus 3 support to their flagship performance-based synth app

As I mentioned some time ago, I have a bit of a guilt trip about never having got around to reviewing Bit Shape's rather interesting iPad synth app TC-11. The app is priced at UK£23.99/US$24.99 - in the upper end of the iOS synth price bracket. However, if you like your synths, and in particular, your performance interfaces, to fully exploit what the touchscreen has to offer musicians, then TC-11 is most certainly worth a look. The unique feature of the app is the performance interface that … [Read more...]

Rock Drum Machine update – Luis Martinez’s ‘rock’ drum app goes to v.5

If you want instant acoustic drums suitable for your 'rock' (use that in a fairly broad sense of the word to cover various musical styles) then Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez is a very good option. The app provides a compact, streamlined, but very useable universal (iPad and iPhone) drum machine format but with sounds and styles aimed very much and the rock genre rather then electronic styles. Since my original review, Luis has continued to update the app and add all sorts of … [Read more...]