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 creative possibilities that these apps provide. In addition, the novel – and very streamlined – user interfaces are ideal for the AU format.
Klevgränd have launched a further app – Baervvag – today. This is a further synth app but, on this occasion, it features an FM-based synth engine and, for a Klevgränd app at least, quite a few controls :-) As with all their recent releases, Baervaag is delivered in formats for desktop (AU, VST) and iOS (standalone and AU). Again, no Audiobus or IAA; Klevgränd see AU as the future and so are focusing on that format. This is an approach I think is right….
Under iOS, the app is universal, requires iOS9.1 or later, is a 41MB download and launched with a special discounted UK£4.99/US$4.99 price tag. My initial experiments in Cubasis and AUM suggest the results are good. It works happily with a connected MIDI keyboard via standalone or AU and the control set, while still a fairly compact one by the standards of some synth apps, keeps you enough options to coax a variety of very cool sounds out of the app. There are some nice presets included also to get you started.
I’ll post a full review when I’ve spent a bit more time with the app but, in reality, this is a doddle to use as the control set follows the KISS approach that Klevgränd usually adopt in their UIs. Baervaag is another virtual instrument which almost any iOS musician could find a good home for. Full review to follow but, as a Friday release, this is definitely ‘something for the week-end’ if you are looking for a new purchase from the App Store :-) Check out the video below and then hit the download button to find out more and grab the app at the special launch price….