Less is more; part 3 – a minimalist iPad recording studio on a budget

I posted a couple of articles (here and here) last week arguing the merits of ‘less is more’ when it comes to a working collection of iOS music apps and, in particular, a set of apps aimed at recording applications. In this third instalment, I want to pick up where I left off in part 2…. Before I do, however, let’s remind ourselves that this is not a new idea. There are lots of musical examples where successful artists have made brilliant music using only a limited range of equipment or under … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 2 – a compact iOS music app collection for recording

I posted an article earlier this week arguing the merits of ‘less is more’ when it comes to a working collection of iOS music apps. As I commented in that post, this is not a new idea. There are lots of musical examples where successful artists have made brilliant music using only a limited range of equipment or under some other sort of workflow constraints. The bottom line here is that access to shed-loads of ‘gear’ is not what limits musical creativity for most of us; it’s our skill level in … [Read more...]

Why less can be more – just how many iOS music apps do you really need?

I’ve been running the Music App Blog for just over four years and, in that time, I’ve published reviews of…. well, I’ve lost count of how many iOS music apps…. but it is well over 200 (use the 'Search' box located top-right of the side-bar area to find any you might have missed!) and I’ve used, dabbled with, and sometimes discarded, many more. That’s a lot of music apps but I suspect there are plenty of iOS musicians who can easily match – and exceed – those sorts of numbers. Like me, I’m … [Read more...]

iOS virtual instrument roundup – sample-based virtual instruments for iOS – v.2

If you have subscribed to the Music App Blog email newsletter then you will have obtained a copy of our free guide titled ’25 iOS music apps to get you started’. This guide is probably due (yet another) update but, as keen eyed readers will have noted (err….  or anyone who can actually count) there are actually rather more than 25 apps listed in the guide. The reason for this is (a) quite simple and (b) rather wonderful. It’s simple because the iTunes App Store has a massive selection of iOS … [Read more...]

iOS guitar amp sim roundup – virtual guitar rigs for the iOS owning guitar player

Regular readers of the Music App Blog will know that the only instrument I claim any degree of proficiency upon is the guitar. That means, of course, that when it comes to recording my own music, a lot of it involves guitars and, in particular, electric guitars. I’ve had a recording tech habit for more years that I care to recall…. and while I’ve been lucky enough to have a recording space for my own use for many of those years, it has very much been a home/project studio environment (up … [Read more...]

iOS synth apps roundup – brilliant virtual synths for equally brilliant prices – v.2

I've done a few 'best in category' iOS music app roundups here on the Music App Blog at various stages and, while there are a number of obvious categories I've not got around to covering yet (I'll get there eventually), I'm also conscious that several of those I have done are in need of a bit of updating. So, without further ado, it's time to get started and first on the list (for some fairly obvious reasons of popularity) is my v.2.0 roundup of the iOS synth apps. In the wonderful world of … [Read more...]

iOS music in 2016 – the Music App Blog wishlist

With change being the only constant when it comes to iOS music technology, 2015 has been a pretty jam-packed year for those who use their iPhones or iPads as part of their music-making toolkit. As I posted a few days ago, we have seen some great new iOS music apps released over the last 12 months. In addition, with iOS9 being introduced, we have also seen the first tentative steps with Audio Units (AU) technology and, as the year drew to a close, the arrival of a potentially very useful new app … [Read more...]

Top 10 iOS music apps of 2015 – the Music App Blog selection

2015 has certainly been another eventful year of iOS music making. As ever, we have had to deal with the annual cycle of both hardware and software updates from Apple. Fortunately, the introduction of iOS9 proved to be somewhat less traumatic that the arrival of iOS8 twelve months previously. We have also seen the introduction of new iOS hardware with the obvious highlights being the first sight of 3D Touch on the new iPhones and the larger format iPad Pro. There are a few things that also … [Read more...]

iPad Pro review – going ‘Pro’ for iOS music making?

Well, the rumours were doing the rounds for months, and it’s been two months since the actual official announcement, but, finally, as of today, the iPad Pro is officially with us. Having stuck with my iPad Air 1 when the Air 2 was launched this time last year, I knew I was just about ready for an iPad update this time around (how else am I going to keep the Music App Blog up to date? Well, that’s my excuse anyway….) so I flexed my credit card and pushed the 'buy now' button.... By ‘Pro’, what … [Read more...]