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...]

Ops review – Jonathan MacKenzie brings his take on a modular synth for iOS

I make this confession regularly on the blog – I’m no great expert when it comes to synth programming – and such a confession is all the more apt when we are taking about not just programming synths but actually designing your own synth from scratch. Yes, modular synths, of which we have a good few examples available under iOS, are something that are, at any detailed level, well out of my comfort zone. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested though and I’ve reviewed a number of such apps here on … [Read more...]

Baervaag review – Klevgränd add an FM synth to their iOS AU instruments 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 and Pads. 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 hugely impressed with the … [Read more...]

GoBeats update – Positive Grid add further features to their iOS AI drummer/jam app

Positive Grid are well known within the iOS music making world for their highly regarded guitar rig/amp modelling software with BIAS Amp and BIAS FX being the current flagship products. Having started with iOS, they are, however, one of the few iOS developers that have attempted to 'go the other way' and expand their product line into the desktop world. Equally, they have also moved into hardware and their latest product - the BIAS Head amplifier - is an ambitious undertaking, especially as they … [Read more...]

ReSlice review – VirSyn deliver a slice of pure genius for iOS musicians

If you have hung around these pages for any length of time you will have a pretty clear idea of my own preferences when it comes to my personal iOS musical toolkit. I’m a guitar playing, synth using (my keyboard skills are basic), recording nut with a soft spot for working with audio loops and drum instruments (acoustic or electric) that give me rhythmic options that my limited (but improving) drum skills don’t allow me to play live. I’m perhaps less into really deep synths or self-assembly … [Read more...]