Guitarism updated – Rhism bring their playable guitar app up to date

Well, today has already been quite an interesting one for my personal iOS music app preferences. Not only has Oscilab (a long-term favourite) recieved a welcome update after a period of quiet, but  Guitarism by Rhism (another long-term favourite) has also been updated. I reviewed Guitarism quite some time ago and the basic principle of how the app is played hasn't really changed too much since then so, if you are new to the app, then have a look through the original review to get up to speed. … [Read more...]

BOSS Tuner review – free guitar pedal tuner in an iOS app from BOSS

I've said a number of times that one category the iTunes App Store is not short of supplies in is the 'synth app' category. OK, so most of us are happy to have a number (heck, even a very large number) of synths at our disposal, especially given the very modest price point of many of these virtual instruments in an app. However, there is another iOS music app category that isn't exactly short of a few candidates; the tuner app and, in this case, most of us might get by with just one or two in … [Read more...]

Ostinator updated – streamlined looper/sampler app from Living Memory Software gets some tweaks

While the guitar is my main instrument, one guitar-related bit of technology I’ve never really explored for my own musical projects is the looper pedal. However, I’m always impressed by the likes of KT Tunstall or Ed Sheeran who use this sort of technology in a live performance context and, even as solo performers, can create some brilliant on-the-spot arrangements. I’ve looked at a few looper-type apps here on the Music App Blog including Loopy HD, LoopTree and Loopr and, in their own way, … [Read more...]

MIDI Guitar updated – v.2 of audio-to-MIDI conversion app from Jam Origin arrives

I lamented the lot of the MIDI-hungry guitar player some time ago when reviewing the YouRock Guitar.  In short, however, there are a number of technologies that attempt to provide guitarists with a means of getting MIDI data from their guitar playing skills but, even after 25+ years of trying, none of these technologies has really fully cracked the problem. Three main approaches can be identified; the MIDI pickup, fretboard based note triggers and audio-to-MIDI conversion. Roland’s GK-3 … [Read more...]

BIAS Pedal update – Positive Grid’s ‘design your own distortion pedal’ app gets some tweaks

I posted a full review of BIAS Pedal back in October. 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 OCD … [Read more...]

Ostinator updated – streamlined looper/sampler app from Living Memory Software gets some tweaks

While the guitar is my main instrument, one guitar-related bit of technology I’ve never really explored for my own musical projects is the looper pedal. However, I’m always impressed by the likes of KT Tunstall or Ed Sheeran who use this sort of technology in a live performance context and, even as solo performers, can create some brilliant on-the-spot arrangements. I’ve looked at a few looper-type apps here on the Music App Blog including Loopy HD, LoopTree and Loopr and, in their own way, … [Read more...]

Uberchord Guitar review – free guitar tuition app with chord detection

As I’ve commented before here on the blog, iOS music apps are about more than apps for making music; there are also some excellent tools for learning about music. When it comes to learning the guitar, there is a massive potential audience for these sorts of tuition tools and I’ve reviewed a number of candidates here on the blog including the very popular Yousician app that now also covers piano and ukulele. Another interesting candidate is Uberchord Guitar from Uberchord Engineering. While … [Read more...]

AmpliTube Acoustic review – IK Multimedia bring amp and effects modelling for the acoustic guitar player

IK Multimedia will need little by way of introduction to most iOS music makers and their catalogue of both software and hardware products aimed at the iOS musician is an impressive one. I’ve reviewed a good number of their products here on the Music App Blog over the last few years and the most recent hardware item was the iRig Acoustic mic/pickup system designed (surprise, surprise!) with acoustic guitar players in mind. I was suitably impressed with the iRig Acoustic hardware. It provides a … [Read more...]

Ostinator review – streamlined looper/sampler app from Living Memory Software

While the guitar is my main instrument, one guitar-related bit of technology I’ve never really explored for my own musical projects is the looper pedal. However, I’m always impressed by the likes of KT Tunstall or Ed Sheeran who use this sort of technology in a live performance context and, even as solo performers, can create some brilliant on-the-spot arrangements. I’ve looked at a few looper-type apps here on the Music App Blog including Loopy HD, LoopTree and Loopr and, in their own way, … [Read more...]