BeatMaker 3 launched – Intua deliver long-awaited v.3 of their iOS DAW/sequencer – and on SALE

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. Intua have obviously been continuing work on the app - and it has a loyal following - but they are not one of the developers that pump out regular updates. However, the app did receive regular attention to support the user base as iOS music tech itself has … [Read more...]

Layr giveaway – two copies of Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth app to be won

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 new iOS mega-synth Layr. The app was released a couple of weeks ago and has been widely praised and, I suspect, helped to brake 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 … [Read more...]

Cubasis double giveaway results – 5 winners of Steinberg’s brilliant Cubasis and 5 winners of the Classic Machines IAP

As regular readers here will know, I'm a bit of a Cubasis fan. Cubasis offers a slick interface and a well focused feature set that lets you get on with the core tasks of recording and mixing audio/MIDI music productions. And, as a Cubase user on the desktop, for me at least, Cubasis makes a perfect platform for capturing initial ideas that can then easily be moved across to the desktop if they make the grade as something worth developing further. A personal opinion I know but, for me, Cubasis … [Read more...]

Modstep updated – AppBC bring Audiobus 3 support to their iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

Regular iOS music makers will be familiar with AppBC as the developer behind Studiomux and Modstep apps. I did a full review of Modstep just after it was launched and the feature set is impressive. You can use unlimited MIDI tracks and there is support for multiple MIDI continuous controllers on each MIDI track so you can modulate your sound sources to keep your sounds changing, etc. The first significant update added Audio Units (AU) support which was great to see. A further update has … [Read more...]

Drum Loops HD update – Go Independent Records add new loops and new design

There are all sorts of ways to create drum tracks for your iOS-based music productions. When I want something with a genuine 'human drummer' feel, I'll turn to the excellent DrumPerfect Pro, Drum Session or one of Luis Martinez's very cool apps. These are as close as we currently have under iOS to the desktop software such as BFD or Superior Drummer. However, if I'm in a hurry to catch an idea before it vanishes into thin air, then I'm happy to turn to some audio drum loops, and a suitable … [Read more...]

Lorentz updated – iceWorks add AU support to their flexible iOS synth app

I reviewed Lorentz Polyphonic Synthesizer from developer iceWorks when it was first released. There is a lot to like about this synth. It combines a very easy price (currently UK£5.99/US$5.99) with equally easy programming and still manages to sound very good indeed. It also included Audiobus and IAA support from the off, a decent MIDI specification and Ableton Link support was added in an update about 12 months ago. The further update to the app arrived on the App Store today taking the app … [Read more...]

Xynthesizr update – Yuri Turov brings his step-based sequencer/synthesizer up to date

One iOS music app that I always have a lot of fun with is Yuri Turov's rather interesting Xynthesizr universal iOS music app. In essence, Xynthesizr offers a streamlined 32-step-based pattern sequencer and synthesizer engine. However, it also has a 'generative music' element to if given how the sequences can be set to follow particular root note/scale combinations and the randomise functions that can help your sequence evolve. You can also output your sequences for playback on other iOS synths … [Read more...]

Layr update – Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth gets fixes and features

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 released in March and has been widely praised. I suspect is has also broken more than a few 'I don't need any more iOS synths' promises that folks had made to themselves. I reviewed the app on release here on the Music App Blog.... If you are unfamiliar with the app then do read the review as there are some underlying principles to get your head … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus Remote support now added to Audiobus 3

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had 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 3 supports 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...]