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...]

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...]

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...]

SyndtSphere launched – 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...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano updated – UVI tweak their excellent iOS piano instrument

I posted a full review of UVI's Ravenscroft 275 Piano app just after it was launched. The app has caused a bit of a stir amongst iOS piano players and many folk think the sound and dynamic response of Ravenscroft make it the best acoustic piano app we currently have. The virtual instrument is obviously intended to be a recreation of the high regarded (and very expensive) Ravenscroft 275 grand piano which – if you are into hardware acoustic pianos – comes with a specification to die for. UVI … [Read more...]

Zeeon Synth review – BeepStreet’s a new iPad synth sounds great and includes AU support

BeepStreet are perhaps best known for their Sunrizer synth app which has been around on the App Store for a long time and has a dedicated following amongst the long-standing iOS synth fanatics. They also offer the excellent Impaktor drum synth which perhaps doesn't have quite the profile it deserves. This week, however, they have added a new app to their iOS catalogue and, yes, while it is another synth app (and, yes, we probably all have more of these that we actually need!), Zeeon Synth … [Read more...]

Zeeon Synth launched – BeepStreet add a new iPad synth to their iOS catalogue

BeepStreet are perhaps best known for their Sunrizer synth app which has been around on the App Store for a long time and has a dedicated following amongst the long-standing iOS synth fanatics. They also offer the excellent Impaktor drum synth which perhaps doesn't have quite the profile it deserves. Today, however, they have added a new app to their iOS catalogue and, yes, while it is another synth app (and, yes, we probably all have more of these that we actually need!), Zeeon Synth does … [Read more...]