Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets ready for iOS11

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for a few years now. I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it just after it was released. Mitosynth looked great, sounded great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and played nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my recommendation as a … [Read more...]

apeSoft/Amazing Noises updates – apps get improved Audiobus 3 support

Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps and their obvious close collaboration with Amazing Noises and their various iOS music apps. Between these two developer names, I’ve given lots of coverage to apps such as apeFilter, Sparkle, iVCS3, apeDelay, iDensity, iPulsaret, Reverb FDN, Moebius Lab and Limiter. They are all very deep and powerful....  although perhaps not the obvious choices for those just starting out with software-based music … [Read more...]

VC-1 giveaway results – five winners of Numerical Audio’s new AU chorus app

I reviewed the excellent RP-1  and RF-1 apps from Numerical Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when when both first launched. They provides compact, but well-featured delay and reverb effects respectively and both are capable of conventional and more creative treatments. Both RF-1 and RP-1 are universal apps, requires iOS9.0 or later, are approximately 30MB downloads and are individually priced at just UK£5.99/US$5.99. However, on a technical front, perhaps the best bit is … [Read more...]

The Playstation Paradox – Guest post from Bram Bos, developer of Ruismaker, Troublemaker and Ripplemaker

How a software-first approach can be an answer to the iOS hardware rat race - by Bram Bos X marks the spot It feels bad every time I retire a precious hightech gadget; like an iPad, iPhone or laptop. I tend to take good care of expensive things (I have never cracked or even scratched a screen) so usually they still work and look as if they were just unboxed. However, OS updates or the latest music app requirements are constantly nudging me towards an inevitable upgrade to the latest and … [Read more...]

BeatMaker 3 updated – long list of tweaks for Intua’s iOS DAW/sequencer

Intua's BeatMaker has been around on the App Store in one form or another for a very long time. BeatMaker 2, despite its name, is a full-fledged music production environment and I reviewed the app a few years ago here on the blog. However, the long-awaited update to BeatMaker 3 took place in mid-July and delivered a major overhaul and some significant new features. BeatMaker 3 is a pretty deep app - but, along with some familiar features and elements to the UI, there are also many new … [Read more...]

Midiflow apps updated – Audiobus 3 MIDI utility apps from Johannes Doerr get iOS11 support

One of the key new features included within Audiobus 3 was MIDI routing; as with the audio routing options that Audiobus originally made its name with, the new version also allows you to route MIDI data between sources and destinations. This is a cool new feature and I'm sure is helping a lot of iOS musicians to make a little bit more sense of these 'virtual' MIDI connections. However, launched at the same time was a suite of MIDI utility apps from developer Johannes Doerr. Johannes is the … [Read more...]

iProphet update – Arturia tweak their Prophet emulation for iOS11

Well iOS 11 is almost upon us and, while I would, of course, suggest upmost caution over actually updated to Apple's latest and greatest version of their mobile OS (especially if you are in the middle of a project or three), it is good to see developers doing what they can to ensure compatibility with iOS11 for those brave iOS music makers willing to take the plunge. Given just how infrequently Arturia actually update their apps (if it's not broke, don't fix it), it is perhaps quite … [Read more...]

Starter for 10 – an iOS AU synth app selection to plug(in) a hole

I posted a bit of a discussion piece this week looking at the status of between-app connectivity for iOS music makers. My broad conclusion (hope?), while I’m sure not original in any form, is that I think the Audio Units plugin format under iOS has the potential to do what a combination of VST, AU and a couple of other formats, have done of the desktop. Workflows will, therefore, become based around a suitable AU host (a DAW/sequencer or a software-based audio mixer) and a collection of AU … [Read more...]

Format Fitness – iOS music makers need a plugin standard to stick

When Apple first launched iOS on the world, one of its key ‘features’ was the nature of the software (apps) that were intended to run on it. These were intended to be focused, ‘single-function’, tasks – a weather app, a stocks app, a memo recording app, a casual game app, a book-reading app, an email app, a simple photo editing app….. well, you get the idea. The software might well have been quite polished and slick but the vast majority of the apps offered a simple workflow and a tightly … [Read more...]