Ripplemaker review – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned when reviewing Troublemaker from Bram Bos in early January, that app is already a favourite for inclusion in my ‘top 10 iOS music apps of 2017’ when I get to mull over that annual thought process in a few months time. Troublemaker is an absolute triumph on a number of levels. The control set is deep enough to coax a variety of sounds from the synth engine but without putting off the less well qualified synth dabblers, the pattern sequencer is genius in design, the app runs as an … [Read more...]

BeatMirror review – Ten Kettles expand on their iOS musical education app offerings

As an aid to your efforts as a musician, iOS doesn't just have to be about synths and drum machine and DAWs; it can also be about improving your musical skills. I've looked at a number of iOS music apps that might fall into this 'utility' category over the years here on the Music App Blog. There are some really good offerings but, as with that subscription for your local gym, buying an educational app doesn't buy you the right to the skills it teaches; some practice is required for that. Ten … [Read more...]

Rough Rider 2 review – Audio Damage port their desktop compressor plugin to iOS

I've reviewed a number of compressor and limiter style iOS effects apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While there perhaps still isn't the plethora of choice desktop music makers might have available, we do have some good options and, thankfully, these include a number of apps that support the AU plugin format. And we now have another one....  and this addition is quite interesting on a number of counts. First, Rough Rider 2 is from Audio Damage and it represents the … [Read more...]

NYCompressor review – AU compressor added to DDMF’s iOS app lineup

A little while ago, I posted reviews of the  6144 EQ, Envelope Reverb and Nolimits iOS audio effects/processor apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. All of these are very capable audio processors in their own right but, given the desire from many iOS musicians to see the AU plugin format really take hold, the fact that they are also available as AU plugins only is also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify add MIDI support their latest iOS music app

I played a bit of 'review catch-up' when I posted a review of KRFT from Studio Amplify a few weeks ago here on the Music App Blog. Studio Amplify have a couple of other iOS musics in their catalogue and that I've looked at previously here on the blog; Jungulator and NOIZ. Both apps were perhaps aimed as much at non-musicians as those with traditional musical skills in that they allowed you to easily create musical ideas but based upon pre-existing musical content such as loops and drum … [Read more...]

Echo Pitch update – versatile and creative delay iOS effect app gets universal support

I did a bit of a 'catch up' review of Echo Pitch a week or so ago here on the Music App Blog. The app is developed by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas and first appeared on the App Store back in December 2016. However, at that stage, it was stand-alone only and it wasn’t until March this year that v.1.1 added both Audiobus and IAA support, making the app a much more interesting proposition for most iOS musicians. We do have a number of good iOS ‘delay’ type apps available … [Read more...]

Wizibel updated – Klevgränd add to their iOS audio visualiser app

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, most recently, Syndt. 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...]

Echo Pitch review – versatile and creative delay effect app at a budget price

Running the Music App Blog as a one person enterprise alongside my other forms of gainful employment does mean that there are never quite enough hours in the day to keep up with all the interesting new iOS music app releases. When time does permit, therefore, it’s nice to do the occasional ‘catch up’ review…. and that’s what I’ve got for you today in Echo Pitch :-) The app is developed by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas and first appeared on the App Store back in December … [Read more...]

Syndt review – Klevgränd add a new polyphonic synth to their ‘Kanvas’ 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...]