Aleksander Mlazev AU effects review – Harmonizer, Warm Distortion and Resonator for iOS in AU format

Aleksandar Mlazev has a number of iOS music apps available on the App Store but, as yet, I don't think I've actually reviewed any of them here on the Music App Blog. Given that is has launched three new AU-based effects apps within the last few weeks, however, I thought I'd better do something about it. So, if you are, like me, doing your best to embrace the world of AU plugins under iOS, how do you fancy three new, budget-priced, AU audio effects processors to expand your collection? AU for … [Read more...]

Looperverse launched – Retronyms deliver well-specified iOS looper and optional footswitch hardware

Retronyms are a well known brand within the iOS music technology world. I think it's probably fair to say that they have had some successes - AudioCopy, for example - but also some (potentially good) ideas that, for one reason to another, have not quite worked out or found a big enough audience to really thrive. However, their latest offering - Looperverse - which appeared on the App Store for the first time yesterday, is already attracting quite a lot of attention. As the name (and be … [Read more...]

Self-a-Fuzz launched – CKEK software’s latest app offers a ride on the wild side

For the more experimentally minded, iOS has a number of very good audio effects apps that might appeal. One candidate - Deregulator by CKEK software - which I reviewed back in June 2014. With a pocket-money price (the app is currently UK£1.99/US$1.99), Deregulator could be described as a ‘spatial’ processor in that it focuses on stereo delay, echo and reverb effects and, as I reported a couple of days ago, has just been updated. Saveliy Kaliupanov delivered a wild, weird and quite often … [Read more...]

Gadget 3.0 review – audio recording the highlight in Korg’s mega iOS electronic music production tool update

When Korg first released Gadget in 2014, I think it is fair to say that they pretty much smashed it. The app bought a combination of a novel approach, a format that suited iOS beautifully (in terms of features vs ease of use), a very slick UI and an eclectic mix of included virtual instruments - gadgets - that added up to an instant hit. Gadget was a shoe-in for my own personal 'iOS music app of the year' in 2014. What is also bought almost from day 1, was a promise from Korg to add audio … [Read more...]

Phlox Phaser update – AUv.3 support added to compact iOS phaser effect app

Bells and whistles are all very well in your software but, when a developer tries to add every conceivable feature into an application, things can get just too complicated. You end up with a maze of choices, 90% of which you might never use. That's not a criticism anyone is going to level at the iOS audio effects apps from developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews. I've looked at a number of these 'floral series' apps here on the blog - Phlox Phaser, Dahlia Delay, Tiger-lily Tremolo, … [Read more...]

NoLimits review – smooth sounding AU format iOS limiter from DDMF

We do seem to be seeing a somewhat greater level of activity in terms of AU support over the last couple of months. This is great to see and, hopefully, it is progress that will continue. As I mentioned on Friday, DDMF - who develop audio plugins for desktop-based musicians - have added a further app to their range of iOS-based audio processors. In this case, it is their limiter processor called NoLimits. This is really designed as a 'mastering' limiter - to be used as the last processor on … [Read more...]

Master FX update – multi-effects processor adds iOS10 support

I reviewed Igor Vasiliev's Master FX (UK£4.99/US$5.99) app when it was first released. The app provides an excellent range of standard audio effects/processors including parametric EQ, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb and a compressor. The level of control is comprehensive and, with Audiobus and IAA support, the app is also easy to use within a wider iOS workflow. There is no AU support as yet (that would be great to see at some point though) but this is a great tool for general recording … [Read more...]

AudioEffX review – VirSyn add a mult-effects option 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 and Arpeggist, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. Most the apps listed above feature a suite of audio effects as part of their overall feature set. These cover what is perhaps best … [Read more...]

Haaze review – Klevgränd add stereo image processing to their iOS AU audio effects 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, Tines and Jussi. 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 … [Read more...]