SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Cubasis SALE – sale time for Steinberg’s brilliant iOS DAW/sequencer

Cubasis is, for my money, the best 'all round' DAW/sequencer we currently have under iOS and, while Auria Pro most certainly provides a more desktop-style feature set, 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 I reported a few months ago, when Steinberg released v.2.0 of Cubasis (and Cubasis LE) it bought a range of excellent new features in an update that was free to all … [Read more...]

Gadget 3.0 launched – Korg’s mega iOS electronic music production tool gets audio recording, OSX version and SALE pricing

I generally don't do too many 'coming soon....' items here on the Music App Blog as I'd rather wait until something is actually available. However, occasionally, something particular catches my attention as it did when Korg announced the 'soon to be released' news about v.3.0 of Gadget.... There were two headlines to the announcement. First,Gadget was going to finally get audio recording support that had been promised almost since it first launched. However, the second was perhaps more … [Read more...]

Fugue Machine update – new MIDI features for brilliant iOS sequencer concept from Alexandernaut

I reviewed the rather wonderful Fugue Machine from developer Alexandernaut when it was launched back in October 2015. The app has gained a dedicated following amongst iOS musicians, especially if you like to be occasionally surprised and delighted by the compositional assistance your apps can offer. The app is something familiar – in this case, a fairly simple piano-roll-based MIDI sequencer – but delivered with a considerable twist; multiple playheads. If you have not yet seen the app in … [Read more...]

BandShift released – VirSyn add a filter/frequency shifter effect to their iOS music app line-up

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist, AudioEffx and, most recently, the brilliant ReSlice, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. And they show no signs of slowing things down as we now have yet another new arrival; … [Read more...]

fluXpad and Elastic Drums giveaway – 5 bundles of the two apps to be won

I posted news items on both fluxPad and Elastic Drums earlier this week. The former has had a nice new update while the latter has an IAP drum sample sale going on. Both apps have plenty of offer to the iOS music maker with an interest in electronic music styles. You can perhaps best describe fluXpad as a sample-based sequencer but where you 'draw' your pattern sequences for each sound. Multiple patterns (clips?) can be sequenced within a single project and these then triggered to create a … [Read more...]

Arpeggionome Pro update – iOS arpeggio tool from Alexandernaut gets Ableton Link support

Arpeggionome Pro has been around on the iTunes App Store for quite some time (v.1 was released in December 2012) and I finally got around to a full review of the app in September 2014 (my bad!). As regular readers here will know, my keyboard playing sucks (also my bad) so I'm quite fond of the occasional helping hand that an arpeggiator function can provide. We have lots of synths with dedicated arp functions and also a couple of stand-alone arpeggiator apps (Arpeggist from VirSyn for … [Read more...]

DM1 update – Fingerlab tweak the IAA support in their iOS drum machine app

IT's obviously 'drum app update day' (or something similar) as, alongside the Vatanator update, Fingerlab have also released an update to their excellent DM1 drum machine app. Fingerlab have always kept up a pretty steady pace with regular updates to DM1 and, while I did a full review of DM1 way back when, the principles of the app remain the same. This is a cool, sample-based, drum machine that's both easy to use, easy to do song construction with and, over the course on many updates, has … [Read more...]

Vatanator update – Georgi Georiev’s streamlined iOS drum machine gets new features

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working. One recent release in this category is Vatanator. This is the first app by developer Georgi Georgiev and I did a full review of the app on the blog a … [Read more...]