NFM review – new iOS FM synth app with AU support from NS1 developer

I reviewed Nikolozi Meladze’s NS1 synth back in February of 2016 as it was released. NS1 was (still is; it's been regularly updated since launch) a very solid virtual analog synth instrument with some very cool sounds and, while programmable by the user, the control set was not so complex that synth newbies would find it too intimidating. Of course, the other key element for NS1 which, at the time it was launched, was novel was that it was designed with AU support from the ground up. Indeed, … [Read more...]

Jubal Flute review – Embertone port their beautiful virtual wooden flute instrument to iOS

As I reported a few months ago, Embertone - with collaboration from Blue Mangoo (a developer well know to iOS musicians through their iFretless apps) - released a  virtual saxophone instrument for iOS - Sensual Sax - as a port of one of their desktop virtual instrument products. Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge but, within some stylistic limits, Sensual Sax does a great job and can be used to create some very authentic sounding … [Read more...]

Tonebridge review – practice tool with instant guitar tones and an AU twist

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article in the 'less is more' series looking at whether Audio Units (AU) plugin support under iOS was far enough along its development path to be considered as all you might need. I put together my personal set of AU host (Cubasis in my case) plus a small selection of AU plugins - synths, drums, effects, etc. - that could form the basis of my iOS music making workflow. My conclusions - perhaps not surprising at this point in time - was that AU was nearly … [Read more...]

KASPAR review – Yonac bring you 8 iOS synths in one

I’ve reviewed a number of Yonac’s iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including ToneStack and Steel Guitar, both of which I really like. However, Yonac also do keyboard-based iOS music apps and, as I posted a few days ago, their latest release is KASPAR, a brand new synth app. The headline reading ‘new iOS synth app!’ might, of course, have your eyes rolling as you are already well-saturated in terms of virtual synth ownership. However, there are some interesting elements … [Read more...]

KASPAR launched – Yonac deliver their new ‘8 synths in one’ iOS music app – and ON SALE

I've reviewed a number of Yonac's iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including ToneStack and Steel Guitar, both of which I really like. However, Yonac also do keyboard-based iOS music apps and their latest release is KASPAR, a brand new synth app and which appeared on the App Store today. I've only had the briefest of plays so far but there are some cool sounds to be had. However, there are also some interesting elements to the design that will, I'm sure, catch the … [Read more...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano updated – UVI refine the performance of 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...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano review – UVI add to their iOS offerings with heavyweight piano instrument

Regular iOS music makers will be very familiar with the UVI brand through their excellent BeatHawk electronic music production app. While the company have a long track record in sample libraries/virtual instruments for the desktop, BeatHawk was (and still is) an impressive debut under iOS and UVI have simply added to the feature set with every update. However, as I posted a few days ago, they have now launched a new iOS app from UVI; Ravenscroft 275 Piano. While I’m not absolutely certain of … [Read more...]

Ripplemaker review – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned when reviewing Troublemaker from Bram Bos in early January, that app is already a favourite for inclusion in my ‘top 10 iOS music apps of 2017’ when I get to mull over that annual thought process in a few months time. Troublemaker is an absolute triumph on a number of levels. The control set is deep enough to coax a variety of sounds from the synth engine but without putting off the less well qualified synth dabblers, the pattern sequencer is genius in design, the app runs as an … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify add MIDI 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...]