Pumphouse review – Audio Damage offer side-chain compression without the need for a side-chain

As I've posted over the last few weeks, Audio Damage are a developer on an iOS mission, with several new releases, many of which are based upon ports of their highly-regarded desktop plugins. As well as the recent Phosphor 2 synth release, we have also seen Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, FuzzPlus 3, QuatroMod and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. And there is no sign of any let up as we now have the release of a further new iOS app; Pumphouse. If the title … [Read more...]

QuatroMod review – Audio Damage add modulation effects to their iOS AU collection

As I've posted over the last few weeks, Audio Damage are a developer on an iOS mission, with several new releases, many of which are based upon ports of their highly-regarded desktop plugins. As well as the recent Phosphor 2 synth release, we have also seen Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, FuzzPlus 3 and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. And there is no sign of any let up as today sees the release of a further new iOS app; QuatroMod. As the title suggests, this … [Read more...]

Bark Filter review – VirSyn add a powerful multi-band compressor to their iOS music app catalogue

VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app. Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last few years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this … [Read more...]

Cornflower Compressor review – the ‘flora’ project iOS music app collection gets a new addition

I've no idea where the whole 'flora' theme comes from for developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews but their series of stripped-down, stompbox ethic, iOS audio effects apps are all very good indeed. I've reviewed all the apps in the series  - Cactus Chorus, Phlox Phaser, Saffron Saturator, Buttercup Bitcrush, Dahlia Delay and Tiger-lily Tremolo - previously here on the blog and, at genuine pocket money prices, they are about as an obvious casual purchase as you are likely to find. A … [Read more...]

FAC Chorus review – classy chorus app in an AU format

I've mentioned a few times here on the blog that modulation effects are perhaps not something I use a lot in my own music making. Some of this might be a bit of a hangover from listening to too many 'classic' guitar sounds recorded in the 70s/80s when chorus/phaser/flanger pedals were a novelty that (to my ears at least) becomes very old, very quickly. Don't get me wrong though; used a little more tastefully, modulation-based effects can serve a very useful and creative role. However, I … [Read more...]

FuzzPlus 3 review – Audio Damage drop some free fuzz

As I posted earlier today, Audio Damage have released another interesting iOS music app this week - Phosphor 2 is their first synth offering - to follow up on a very rapid release schedule that has included Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2 and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. However, while Phosphor 2 might be the headline new release, it's not the only own; we also get FuzzPlus 3 :-) As the name might suggest, FuzzPlus 3 is a fuzz/distortion effect and, while … [Read more...]

Tonebridge review – practice tool with instant guitar tones and an AU twist

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article in the 'less is more' series looking at whether Audio Units (AU) plugin support under iOS was far enough along its development path to be considered as all you might need. I put together my personal set of AU host (Cubasis in my case) plus a small selection of AU plugins - synths, drums, effects, etc. - that could form the basis of my iOS music making workflow. My conclusions - perhaps not surprising at this point in time - was that AU was nearly … [Read more...]

Replicant 2 review – Audio Damage get creative with delay for their latest iOS AU port

Audio Damage are clearly on an iOS music app mission; Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2 and Dubstation 2 have all appeared in very quick succession. Time for a short break over the summer? Er....  it doesn't look like it.... a further app appeared on the App Store yesterday.... This time we have a port of Replicant 2, their desktop plugin that is perhaps most easily described as a sort of 'creative delay/stutter' effect. As before, the iOS version apparently brings exactly the same … [Read more...]

Dubstation 2 review – Audio Damage continue to impress with their growing iOS AU app range

I've recently reviewed Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion and Eos 2 by Audio Damage. The developer has been producing desktop music software/plugins for some time....  and building a good reputation for well-featured software sold at (for the desktop market at least) competitive prices. All three of the above iOS apps represent ports of desktop plugins to iOS. And, a couple of weeks ago, they released a further such port in Dubstation 2. As I've been peddling wildly on various other work fronts … [Read more...]