iOS drum app roundup – drum and groove-based instruments for iOS

I’ve done a number of iOS music app ‘roundup’ articles on the blog in the past covering different categories of apps such as synths, DAW/sequencers, guitar rig sims and audio effects. While these are perhaps of most interest to the newer iOS musicians (old-hands are likely to be familiar with the more popular apps in each of these categories already), these articles have always attracted lots of readers and generate plenty of ‘… but you missed out the brilliant XYZ….!’ sorts of feedback….   all … [Read more...]

Feature presentation – what’s your wishlist for your favourite iOS music apps?

One of the things that I love about music production using my iPad is that, if I choose, I can make music using software that doesn’t make my head explode with its complexity. Don’t get me wrong – I think there is most certainly a time and a place for sophisticated, feature-rich, software – but it can be all too easy to get bogged down in the intricacies of the toolset at the expense of getting creative if that toolset is overly complex for the job in hand. Tangentially, this is a point that … [Read more...]

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...]

The (iOS music making) truth is out there…. a recommendation for The Recording Revolution

As regular readers at the blog will know, my own music-making efforts are focused in the studio rather than in live performance. While I’ve been involved in recording technology for more years than I care (am able?) to remember, I’m constantly reminded that, however much I learn, there is always more stuff to discover and skills that can be improved; unfortunately for me, I’m a long way from knowing it all when it comes to the recording, mixing and mastering process. So how do you teach … [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...]