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...]

Haaze launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU audio effects collection with stereo image processor

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 and Esspresso. 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 … [Read more...]

RF-1 review – Numerical Audio add an AU reverb to their iOS music app catalogue

As I mentioned a few days ago, Numerical Audio - led by Kai Aras - have released a new iOS music app. The app, called RF-1, is a follow-up to the RP-1  that I reviewed here of the Music App Blog when it was first launched a few months ago. RP-1 provides a compact, but well-featured, delay effect and is capable of both conventional and more creative treatments. As well s a modest price (just UK£4.49/US$5.99) and stand-alone, Audiobus and IAA support, RP-1 also included both Ableton Link (tempo … [Read more...]

VoxSyn updated – VirSyn add ruther refinements to their iOS vocoder app

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 three years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this … [Read more...]