iWaveStation update – Korg tweak their ‘classic’ iOS synth recreation

Korg are undoubtedly a leading brand in the world of music technology and that expertise and brand has very much embraced what iOS has to offer over recent years. Earlier apps such as iKaossilator, iPolysix and iMS-20 showed great promise but more recent apps such as Gadget, Module, iM1, ARP ODYSSEi and iMono/Poly have most certainly made a significant impact. Each of these apps is brilliant and all represent very good value for money. There other ‘classic synth as an iOS app’ release … [Read more...]

QuantumSequencer updated – new MIDI sequencer from Tony Saunders gets its first tweaks

As I noted a few days ago, QuantumSequencer (from developer Tony Saunders, who bought us midiSequencer some time ago) is now available on the App Store.   If you are familiar with midiSequencer then you will soon see the heritage of QuantumSequencer...  and, I suspect, know very quickly whether the new app might be something that will appeal. QuantumSequencer is obviously build on the underlying principles of midiSequencer but, as well as some considerably work under the hood, it … [Read more...]

MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments tweaks to their mic simulation app for iOS11

A few years ago, I reviewed what I think was the first example of microphone modelling technology for iOS; MicSwap from developer Future Moments. MicSwap is a universal app and is supplied in two forms; a free version (with some feature restrictions) and a ‘Pro’ version (with all features unlocked; currently UK£19.99/US$19.99). The app works with iOS9.3 or later and is a 153MB download. The app simulates a number of different microphone types and these are depicted in some fairly obvious … [Read more...]

Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co fine-tune their brilliant iOS drum machine app

As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I'm a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. Chordion, Ondes and dot Melody are well worth checking out. However, as I commented when originally reviewing the app, Ben Kamen and the team at Olympia Noise Co topped the lot with their Patterning: Drum Machine. There are some fabulous iOS drum/groove apps available but Patterning is absolutely one of my favourite iOS music apps whatever category we happen … [Read more...]

ChordFlow updated – iOS MIDI chord sequencer app gets workflow refinements

I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at the various ‘MIDI performance’ apps available for iOS. A couple of apps that have appeared since that article are ChordUp and Clawtar, both from developer Dmitry Klochkov. Both bring a slightly different take on the whole MIDI note creation process and I'm sure many iOS musicians could find a use for either app amongst their utility apps. Both are also available for pocket money prices. Dmitry's most recent … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent AU iOS synth gets some tweaks

I reviewed Poison-202 from JimAudio soon after it was released. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk amongst others. The app arrived with universal support, IAA and MIDI included (although the latter was perhaps not as fully-featured as on some iOS synth apps) and AU support was added in v.1.1 which appeared about a … [Read more...]

SynthScaper giveaway results – 5 winners of Igor Vasiliev’s excellent iOS synth-based sound design instrument

I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX, Master Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. Igor's more recent release is SynthScaper. As the title suggests, this is perhaps another app aimed as much at sound designers as conventional music making. However, unlike SoundScaper and … [Read more...]

Layr giveaway results – two winners of Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth

If you are an iOS music maker with a bit of a synth habit, then you will already be well aware of Living Memory's iOS mega-synth Layr. The app was widely praised on release and, I suspect, helped to ruin more than a few 'I don't need any more iOS synths' promises that folks had made to themselves. I reviewed the app when it was launched here on the Music App Blog....  and, in short, the potential is obvious and, as the demo videos suggest, this is an app can deliver some hugely impressive … [Read more...]

Groovebox updated – all-in-one EDM music app gets song building features

Novation spin off Amify have a good crop of iOS music apps including the excellent Blocs Wave, Launchpad and, added more recently, Groovebox. The latter has been around for just a few months and provides an EDM music production platform that combines a drum machine and synth engines into an all-in-one music production environment. It is also a free download - so you can try before you buy - and with an IAP-based model for unlocking more advanced features if you think the app is for you once you … [Read more...]