Rough Rider 2 review – Audio Damage port their desktop compressor plugin to iOS

I've reviewed a number of compressor and limiter style iOS effects apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While there perhaps still isn't the plethora of choice desktop music makers might have available, we do have some good options and, thankfully, these include a number of apps that support the AU plugin format. And we now have another one....  and this addition is quite interesting on a number of counts. First, Rough Rider 2 is from Audio Damage and it represents the … [Read more...]

NYCompressor review – AU compressor added to DDMF’s iOS app lineup

A little while ago, I posted reviews of the  6144 EQ, Envelope Reverb and Nolimits iOS audio effects/processor apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. All of these are very capable audio processors in their own right but, given the desire from many iOS musicians to see the AU plugin format really take hold, the fact that they are also available as AU plugins only is also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded … [Read more...]

Echo Pitch update – versatile and creative delay iOS effect app gets universal support

I did a bit of a 'catch up' review of Echo Pitch a week or so ago here on the Music App Blog. The app is developed by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas and first appeared on the App Store back in December 2016. However, at that stage, it was stand-alone only and it wasn’t until March this year that v.1.1 added both Audiobus and IAA support, making the app a much more interesting proposition for most iOS musicians. We do have a number of good iOS ‘delay’ type apps available … [Read more...]

Echo Pitch review – versatile and creative delay effect app at a budget price

Running the Music App Blog as a one person enterprise alongside my other forms of gainful employment does mean that there are never quite enough hours in the day to keep up with all the interesting new iOS music app releases. When time does permit, therefore, it’s nice to do the occasional ‘catch up’ review…. and that’s what I’ve got for you today in Echo Pitch :-) The app is developed by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas and first appeared on the App Store back in December … [Read more...]

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...]