BeatHawk v.2.0 review – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of their flagship iOS music app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

DrumStudio update – compact iOS playable drum kit app with sequencer gets 64-bit support

I've never quite got around to doing a full review of Rollerchimp's DrumStudio app but I did give it a mention in my most recent iteration of the the blog's Drum App Roundup article. Drum Studio provides another take on the playable virtual drum kit. The visual representation of the drum kit is nice and includes both a cowbell and some hand drums in addition to the usual kick, snare, hi-hat, toms and cymbals. Anyway, with Audiobus and IAA support, the app has ticked quietly along as iOS … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify add Ableton Link 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...]

Layr review – Living Memory Software launch impressive multi-timbral synth app for iOS

Long-standing Music App Blog visitors might well recall that I reviewed Ostinator – a sort of app-based emulation of a hardware looper pedal (and, in concept, not unlike an app such as Quantiloop) – and released by Living Memory Software. Ostinator is a cool little app and, because of its key function, perhaps attracted most attention from iOS-using guitar players. However, as I posted on Friday, Living Memory are now back with a new app – Layr - and, this time around, it is most definitely … [Read more...]

Vatanator SX giveaway – five copies of Georgi Georiev’s streamlined iPhone drum machine to be won

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working. One recent release in this category is Vatanator. This is the first app by developer Georgi Georgiev and I did a full review of the app on the blog soon … [Read more...]

BIAS Pedal update – Positive Grid’s ‘design your own stompbox’ app gets modulated

I posted a full review of BIAS Pedal back in October 2015. BIAS Pedal is Positive Grid's iOS music app that allows you to design your own distortion pedal in much the same way that BIAS Amp allows you to design your own guitar amplifier. Yes, for the non-guitar playing iOS musician fraternity, this might all sound a bit nerdy but the idea is not a million miles away from the modular synth apps that allow you to build your own synth designs. OK, so you might have to have a certain amount of … [Read more...]

KRFT review – Studio Amplify let you KRFT your own interface in their latest iOS music app

Studio Amplify have a couple of other iOS music apps 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 samples. However, as I mentioned last week, the development team have now added a further app to their line-up; KRFT and, if you say … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify want you to get ‘sound inspired’ by their latest iOS music app

It's a sign - and a good sign - of just how active iOS music app development is that for your humble blogger/app reviewer, it can be quite a challenge to keep up with the rate at which new music apps (even just the most interesting ones) are released. KRFT, from the Studio Amplify team, is just such an app. It was released as an iPhone-only app at the start of February and, while I was aware that an friendly version was on the way (and thought I'd wait before doing my review on that version), … [Read more...]

Cube Synth updated – VirSyn ‘add’ to their additive iOS synth app

I reviewed VirSyn's interesting Cube Synth way back in October 2013 soon after it was first released. The additive synth engine undoubtedly gives it a distinct ‘voice’ when compared to many of the subtractive-based synths that dominate the virtual synth world (including iOS). On these grounds alone, many long-standing iOS synth heads probably added Cube Synth to their app collection. However, while Cube Synth saw a number of updates during the first 12 months or so after release, the most … [Read more...]