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...]

Eos 2 review – Audio Damage raise the bar for iOS algorithmic reverb

As I posted just before the week-end, no sooner than I'd reviewed both Rough Rider 2 and Grind Distortion by Audio Damage then they released another iOS music app; Eos 2. Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years and it's great to see the software being ported over to iOS...  and they are obviously on a bit of a roll :-) Eos 2 is a further such port and, in this case, we have an algorithmic reverb. The iOS version apparently brings … [Read more...]

Grind Distortion review – Audio Damage brings some distortion to your iOS reality

I reviewed Audio Damage's Rough Rider 2 a week or so ago here on the Music App Blog. However, as I mentioned just a couple of days ago, they have soon followed up Rough Rider 2 with Grind Distortion. There are, of course, no prizes for guessing the main purpose of this particular plugin effect app :-) Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years but Rough Rider 2 and Grind Distortion marked their first toe into iOS waters....  These first … [Read more...]

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...]