microTERA update – VirSyn continue their round of iOS music app updates

VirSyn will be well known to most iOS musicians as they have a number of excellent apps available via the iTunes App Store. These includes some great effects apps such as AudioReverb and AudioEffX but VirSyn are probably best know for the their virtual synthesisers, both on the desktop and, over recent years, under iOS. Two of their iPad-based synths that I've reviewed previously on the blog are microTERA and Cube Synth. As I mentioned last week, Cube Synth has just been updated after a … [Read more...]

BIAS Amp update – tweaks for Positive Grid’s iOS amp designer app – and a bargain price

If you are a guitar playing iOS musician, there are lots of iOS music apps aimed very squarely at you. This includes a number of guitar rig simulation apps and I did a round up article covering the leading contenders in that field some time ago. One app that sort of fits in that category is BIAS Amp (and the separate BIAS Amp for iPhone version) from Positive Grid. I say 'sort of' because these apps are not really about your entire (virtual) guitar rig but just one component of it; the amp … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify want you to get ‘sound inspired’ by their latest iOS music app

It's a sign - and a good sign - of just how active iOS music app development is that for your humble blogger/app reviewer, it can be quite a challenge to keep up with the rate at which new music apps (even just the most interesting ones) are released. KRFT, from the Studio Amplify team, is just such an app. It was released as an iPhone-only app at the start of February and, while I was aware that an friendly version was on the way (and thought I'd wait before doing my review on that version), … [Read more...]

Cube Synth updated – VirSyn ‘add’ to their additive iOS synth app

I reviewed VirSyn's interesting Cube Synth way back in October 2013 soon after it was first released. The additive synth engine undoubtedly gives it a distinct ‘voice’ when compared to many of the subtractive-based synths that dominate the virtual synth world (including iOS). On these grounds alone, many long-standing iOS synth heads probably added Cube Synth to their app collection. However, while Cube Synth saw a number of updates during the first 12 months or so after release, the most … [Read more...]

Ops review – Jonathan MacKenzie brings his take on a modular synth for iOS

I make this confession regularly on the blog – I’m no great expert when it comes to synth programming – and such a confession is all the more apt when we are taking about not just programming synths but actually designing your own synth from scratch. Yes, modular synths, of which we have a good few examples available under iOS, are something that are, at any detailed level, well out of my comfort zone. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested though and I’ve reviewed a number of such apps here on … [Read more...]

Arctic ProSynth update – One Red Dog Media add iOS10 support to their excellent synth app

I reviewed Arctic ProSynth from One Red Dog Media when it was first released and I was impressed by the combination of powerful, aggressive analog synth sounds and the balance struck between the degree of editing control offered and the ease with which that editing could be accessed. One Red Dog kept regular updates coming for the app for quite a while, with a combination of new features and technical improvements to build on the original release. These were always good to see but the basic … [Read more...]

Saffron Saturator update – the ‘flora’ project iOS music apps start to go AU

Back in 2015, developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews released a series of iOS audio effects apps with a naming convention based on a floral theme. No, I've no idea what the whole floral theme is about either but the apps - Cactus Chorus, Phlox Phaser, Buttercup Bitcrush, Dahlia Delay and Saffron Saturator - all followed a similar format; all supported Audiobus and IAA, all offered very simple user interfaces and all were available at a budget price (even for the App Store). I've … [Read more...]

Baervaag review – Klevgränd add an FM synth to their iOS AU instruments 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 and Pads. 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 hugely impressed with the … [Read more...]

Quantiloop update – stompbox-style looper app from Stephan Marx gets some tweaks

While live performance using some sort of looping device has become much more mainstream over recent years, it is still perhaps a niche activity. As such, it is perhaps a bit surprising that we have quite so many looper-style apps available on the App Store as we do. Daddy of them all is, of course, Loopy HD, but there are other excellent contenders for your money including Loopr, Voice Jam Studio, LooperSonic, LoopTree, Group The Loop and Ostinator. And, released just a few months ago - and … [Read more...]