Syndt review – Klevgränd add a new polyphonic synth to their ‘Kanvas’ iOS music app collection

I've reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two - Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, PressIt,  Esspresso, Jussi, Haaze, Pads and Baervvag amongst others. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see... and, in every case, I've been … [Read more...]

Unique giveaway – three copies of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth to be won

I did a full review of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth app Unique here on the blog last week. As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making (and on the desktop!). Unique is another great addition to the line-up and, while I'm sure I own way more synth apps that I will ever need, at App Store pricing that's not such a difficult temptation to give in … [Read more...]

Forever Beats review – quirky step sequencer from developer John Hussey

Music creation is a wonderful thing. Whatever the reasons you might feel compelled to do it, you can bet that the next musician will have different ones. And, whatever the workflow you use – and in particular the tools that help you realise that workflow – the odds are that the next musician will do it differently. Whether that’s your voice and an acoustic guitar, or a collection of uber-synths and a MIDI sequencer, the only rule of music creation is…. well…. there are no rules. All of which … [Read more...]

AUM update – Jonatan Liljedahl’s brilliant iOS music app gets new features

There are some developers that qualify for almost universal hero worship amongst the iOS music making community and Jonatan Liljedahl is one of those. So, whether it is the ubiquitous utility app AudioShare, the truly inspiring (and sometimes mind bending) electronic rhythm/groove app Sector, or the minimalist audio effects of the AUFX series, Jonatan creates brilliant apps that almost any iOS musician would want to own. And, with perhaps his flagship iOS music app – AUM - he did it again; … [Read more...]

Unique updated – Sugar Bytes adds tweaks to their new iOS synth

I did a full review of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth app Unique here on the blog last week. As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making (and on the desktop!). Unique is another great addition to the line-up and, while I'm sure I own way more synth apps that I will ever need, at App Store pricing that's not such a difficult temptation to give in … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 updated – iconic iOS music app gets some fine-tuning

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the bering of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version has three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus will now support Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making … [Read more...]

Future Drummer review – Luis Martinez adds electronica to his excellent iOS drum machine series

Luis Martinez has a series of ‘drum’ apps that sort of sit between the ‘virtual drummer’ and sample-based drum machines and, in many ways, offer something that is a bit of the best of both. Over the last few years, I’ve reviewed a number of apps from the series including Rock Drum Machine, Rock Drum Machine 3, Brazilian Drum Machine, Funk Drummer, Soft Drummer and Afro Latin Drum Machine. However, as a posted a few days ago, there is now a new addition to Luis' catalogue; Future Drummer … [Read more...]

FunkBox updated – Synthetic Bits bring their classic iOS drum machine up to date

I must admit to a bit of a soft spot for FunkBox. It was one of the first drum machine apps I explored on my iPhone (and then iPad) and I rather like the disco-friendly, retro styling; this definitely has a classic drum machine vibe. It also sounds the part with a solid selection of classic drum sounds available in a good number of preset kits. The pattern-based editing is simple yet flexible and there are some nice performance options that make pattern creation a pretty painless affair. It … [Read more...]

BeatHawk giveaway results – one lucky winner of a full bundle of app and all IAP sample content

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]