Kauldron launched – Yonac pack a punch with their new iOS synth app – and at a bargain price

As regulars here will be well aware, I've recently taken the decision to cut back on my posting here on the Music App Blog in order to focus my time on some music production work that's come my way. However, I did suggest I might post occasionally when something caught my attention..... Well, something has....  the arrival of the new - and highly anticipated - synth app from Yonac; Kauldron. I've reviewed a number of Yonac's iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including … [Read more...]

Brusfri launched – Klevgränd add a noise reduction tool to their iOS music app 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, Jussi, Haaze, Pads and Baervvag amongst others. 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 … [Read more...]

Axon 2 released – Audio Damage add an AI drum synth to their iOS app catalogue

Audio Damage appear to be on a mission when it comes to iOS music apps at present. I've reviewed Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, Replicant 2 and Phosphor 2 (for example) all within the last few months. However, things don't seem to be slowing down just yet as now we have the release of Axon 2. Phosphor 2 is Audio Damage's first iOS synth offering. The new release is also an instrument expect, this time around, we have a drum synth. Again, it is a port of a desktop … [Read more...]

iTalizer launched – Numerical Audio add to their popular iOS AU app collection

I reviewed the excellent RP-1  and RF-1 apps from Numercial Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when when both first launched. They provide compact, but well-featured delay and reverb effects respectively and both are capable of conventional and more creative treatments. For the iOS musician, both RF-1 and RP-1 are universal apps, requires iOS9.0 or later, are approximately 30MB downloads and are individually priced at just UK£5.99/US$5.99. However, on a technical front, … [Read more...]

MidiFire launched – new iOS MIDI utility app from Audeonic Apps

Audeonic Apps - and their main man Nic Grant - are likely to be well known to most long-standing iOS music makers through apps such as MidiBridge and MidiBus, both of which I've reviewed here on the blog in the past. MidiBridge has been with us a long time and, like Audiobus, perhaps was first conceived to overcome some genuine limitations of iOS itself and the way it handled MIDI data. It provided a utility app that allowed you to make - and manipulate/monitor - virtual MIDI connections … [Read more...]

Samplebot launched – new sample-based music app from Michael Tyson/A Tasty Pixel

Michael Tyson will be well known to iOS music makers. He is part of iOS history with his involvement in Audiobus and, with Loopy HD under his own A Tasty Pixel development label, he has produced one of the most iconic demonstrations of just what iOS can do in terms of creative music making. And today (slightly ahead of schedule apparently) sees the launch of Michael's latest iOS music app offering; Samplebot. As the title suggests, this is a sample-based music creation app but, as you might … [Read more...]

Starter for 10 – an iOS AU synth app selection to plug(in) a hole

I posted a bit of a discussion piece this week looking at the status of between-app connectivity for iOS music makers. My broad conclusion (hope?), while I’m sure not original in any form, is that I think the Audio Units plugin format under iOS has the potential to do what a combination of VST, AU and a couple of other formats, have done of the desktop. Workflows will, therefore, become based around a suitable AU host (a DAW/sequencer or a software-based audio mixer) and a collection of AU … [Read more...]

iMono/Poly review – Korg bring another classic synth to the iOS platform… and to Gadget

Korg have an impressive legacy in the world of the synthesizer starting way back when with some innovative hardware designs. And while they still make (and recreate) classic synths in hardware, they have also embraced the software synth. Over recent years that has included iOS and, amongst the more recent releases are apps such as ARP ODYSSEi, iM1, iWaveStation and iDS-10. They have also released the excellent Gadget (now ported to OSX) and Module, there flagship iOS sample-based virtual … [Read more...]

VC-1 review – Numerical Audio add chorus to their popular iOS AU effects range

I reviewed the excellent RP-1  and RF-1 apps from Numerical Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when when both first launched. They provides compact, but well-featured delay and reverb effects respectively and both are capable of conventional and more creative treatments. And, as I mentioned yesterday, both of these effects are now also available as desktop plugins.... For the iOS musician, both RF-1 and RP-1 are universal apps, requires iOS9.0 or later, are approximately 30MB … [Read more...]