Ruismaker giveaway results – 5 winners of compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

Ruismaker giveaway – 5 copies of compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format to be won

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

Ruismaker review – compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format from Bram Bos

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

DM2 review – Audionomy deliver an iPad drum synth app with a familiar(ish) face

If you have hung around these parts for any length of time you will know I’ve been a bit of a long-standing fan of Fingerlab’s DM1 drum machine app (I own the desktop OSX version as well). DM1 first appeared on the App Store… well, way back in the mists of iOS music app time and I first reviewed it in August 2013. It was updated as recently as March 2016 and now stands at v.5.4.1. However, there have obviously been some changes behind the scenes, as Pascal Douillard, who was involved with … [Read more...]

Vatanator review – Georgi Georiev brings a streamlined drum machine to the App Store

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. There are a number of these apps (actually, quite a number) that fall into the ‘classic drum machine’ emulation category. Some really are ‘classic’ in … [Read more...]

Afro Latin Drum Machine 2 review – killer latin rhythms in an app from Luis Martinez

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While they might all be ‘apps’, the approaches do vary and cover a wide range of musical territory. For example, you might get apps that offer drums based upon audio loops (Drum Loops HD), sample-based virtual drum machines (I guess Patterning comes in here but it is way more than that), virtual drummers (think DrumPerfect Pro here), drum synths (Elastic Drums or Attack Drums for … [Read more...]

Real Shaker review – Aaron Dwyer gets you all percussive with your iPhone

I've often mentioned here that I like the way the iOS platform encourages some developers to produce simple, 'one job only' type software. The latest app to get the Music App Blog review treatment is almost the ultimate example of that and, while I have been know to prattle on at times (!), I suspect this may well be the shortest app review I'll ever publish....   Enter, all shook up, stage left, RealShaker by Aaron Dwyer. As the name and the app icon suggest, RealShaker is...  well, go on, … [Read more...]

iSpark review – Arturia bring a super-slick take on the virtual drum machine

If you are an iPad- or iPhone-owning musician, and you have been hanging around the App Store for any length of time, then I suspect you will be well aware of just how many excellent virtual drum, groove and rhythm instruments there now are available in a very modestly priced app format. These do, of course, come in a range of flavours, whether that’s virtual acoustic drummers (for example DrumPerfect Pro or Luis Martinez’s various ‘drummer’ apps), recreations of classic drum machine hardware … [Read more...]

DrumPerfect Pro review – leading iOS virtual drummer app goes ‘Pro’

While there are still a few ‘app gaps’ that it would be great to see filled, iOS musicians now have a pretty impressive roster of software tools available to them. And, of course, that software is generally priced at a pocket money level. OK, so an iPad or iPhone is a pretty luxury (expensive) item in the first place so, if you can afford the hardware without risk of starving yourself or your family, then perhaps the difference between UK£5 and UK£10 for a decent iOS music app is really not such … [Read more...]