ScalePlay review – music education meets generative musical instrument in RoGame’s latest release

Regular iOS music app geeks will be familiar with RoGame through their Qunicy app. Quincy is perhaps best described as a generative music app. It has been around on the App Store for a number of years and I’ve covered its various updates here on the Music App Blog on various occasions. Generative music tools are, perhaps, a bit of a niche interest but Quincy has proved itself to be very popular within that category and, as a means of inspiring a new musical idea, these sorts of apps are always … [Read more...]

AC Sabre review – interesting MIDI instrument and motion controller for iOS from Air Craft

One of the things I love about iOS is that it has made accessible a number of interesting, creative and unique means by which an instrument can be ‘played’. And while there are undoubtedly elements of the iOS music making experience that do not yet compete with what’s possible on a desktop system, when it comes to delivering unconventional and novel ways to generate MIDI data, iOS has most certainly bought something new to the party. This has come in a variety of ways and I did a roundup … [Read more...]

Clawtar review – new MIDI performance app with a twist from Dmitry Klochkov

Of all the wonders that the touchscreen makes available to musicians, a virtual rendering of the classic piano keyboard is generally not one of them. Yes, it’s great to be able to knock out a tune or a few simple chords on the move without needing any other hardware handy, but playing an emulation of a traditional piano keyboard is not the most satisfying of musical experiences. Which is why, of course, the more inventive of iOS music app developers created some alternatives…. so, whether it is … [Read more...]

Infinite Looper review – Secret Base Design embrace the looper concept with MIDI

I’ve looked at a number of audio looper apps that are available for iOS (although not all of the prime candidates; I’m still to review Everest and Group The Loop, both of which look good). The whole ‘looper’ concept is an interesting one and is probably best know in its hardware format – looper pedals for example – that are used by live musicians to layer audio loops on the fly to build up a live performance. Demonstrated at its best, this can be brilliant to see and artists such as KT … [Read more...]

SoundPrism Link Edition launched – MIDI performance app gets Ableton Link version

I reviewed SoundPrism Pro – produced by Audanika and currently priced at UK£6.99 – when it was first launched on the Music App Blog. SoundPrism Pro is essentially a MIDI performance app. Rather like apps such as Chordion, Gestrument and Synthecaster (all of which I have reviewed previously on the site), while SoundPrism Pro does include its own audio engine and has a small collection of sounds built in to it, its real strength is as a performance interface that uses the touchscreen to allow the … [Read more...]

MIDI Guitar updated – v.2 of audio-to-MIDI conversion app from Jam Origin arrives

I lamented the lot of the MIDI-hungry guitar player some time ago when reviewing the YouRock Guitar.  In short, however, there are a number of technologies that attempt to provide guitarists with a means of getting MIDI data from their guitar playing skills but, even after 25+ years of trying, none of these technologies has really fully cracked the problem. Three main approaches can be identified; the MIDI pickup, fretboard based note triggers and audio-to-MIDI conversion. Roland’s GK-3 … [Read more...]

LINK to MIDI review – Alexandernaut delivers a useful iOS music utility app

Regular iOS musicians will be familiar with Arpeggionome and Fugue Machine from developer Alexandernaut. However, a few days ago, a new app appeared – LINK to MIDI - and, if you are the kind of musician (iOS or otherwise) who likes to link all your MIDI kit together and getting it playing in sync, then it might well be of interest. As implied by the app’s title, LINK to MIDI attempts to provide a bridge between Ableton’s new LINK technology and the older, more widely used (but, under iOS, … [Read more...]

ChordUp review – new iOS MIDI performance app from Dmitry Klochkov

I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at the various ‘MIDI performance’ apps available for iOS. If your keyboard skills are not so great, or perhaps you just don’t get on with virtual piano keyboards on a touchscreen surface, or maybe you don’t have any skills on a traditional musical instrument, apps such as Chordion, ChordPolyPad, Navichord and a number of others offer some interesting alternative ways to ‘play’ MIDI data into your virtual … [Read more...]

midiSTEPs review – beautifully designed four-part iOS MIDI sequencer from Art Kerns

I reviewed a new iOS MIDI sequencer app last week – Fugue Machine from Alexandernaut – a rather wonderful, and very iOS, take on creative MIDI sequencing. Fugue Machine is a brilliant concept and offers some unique and very creative features but it isn’t a MIDI sequencer in the same sense that, for example, Cubasis (or Auria Pro when it arrives) is a MIDI sequencer. Indeed, while the ‘desktop-lite’ approach available in Cubasis etc. is great for a more conventional approach to MIDI sequencing, … [Read more...]