iWaveStation review – Korg bring another classic synth to the iOS platform

Korg are undoubtedly a leading brand in the world of music technology and that expertise and brand has very much embraced what iOS has to offer over recent years. Earlier apps such as iKaossilator, iPolysix and iMS-20 showed great promise but more recent apps such as Gadget, Module, iM1 and, most recently, ARP ODYSSEi, have most certainly made a significant impact in what is now a very healthy and competitive market place (if perhaps not one that is always financially sustainable for all … [Read more...]

ARP ODYSSEi review – Korg recreate another classic analog synth for iOS

In the wider world of music technology, Korg are undoubtedly one of the big-hitter brands. Over the last few years, they have bought that strong reputation and undoubted expertise to bear in the iOS music app market place. Earlier apps such as iKaossilator, iPolysix and iMS-20 showed great promise but more recent apps such as Gadget, Module and iM1 have pretty much knocked it out the park. In it’s own way, each is brilliant and, while these are apps at the upper end of the iOS music app … [Read more...]

Phasemaker review – Bram Bos adds an AU FM synth to his iOS music app line-up

It's only a few months since Bram Bos launched both Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM, his two iOS drum apps that are delivered in an AU plugin format. Both are interesting not because they feature some uber-complex and sophisticated drum programming options but perhaps because they are designed to be the opposite of that; drum synths that are easy to program, have modest demands on the iOS hardware host and very easy to get to grips with. Given the potential that Audio Units offers, it is perhaps … [Read more...]

Tines review – Klevgränd deliver an electric piano app in AU format for iOS and desktop

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 and Esspresso. 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 creative possibilities … [Read more...]

VoxSyn updated – VirSyn add ruther refinements to their iOS vocoder app

VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app. Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last three years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this … [Read more...]

Addictive Pro review – VirSyn go pro with their latest iOS synth app

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn and Arpeggist, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. As I mentioned last week, the latest addition to that lineup - the hotly anticipated Addictive Pro synth - has now arrived. It arrives … [Read more...]

NS1 update – iOS AU synth app gets some tweaks for iOS10

I did some revisions to my ‘best iOS synths apps’ roundup article not so long ago. If there is one category of iOS music app in which we have a smorgasbord of choice, this is it and, amongst them, are some absolute gems. In that context, therefore, it is now a pretty brave developer who dips a tentative toe in the market. Yes, there are some of iOS musicians who will happily just hoover up every new synth app (and App Store pricing makes this an addiction that is fairly affordable compared to … [Read more...]

Poison-202 review – compact iOS synth from JimAudio that packs a punch

So, have you got synth fatigue yet? Perhaps if you are an iOS musician of a few years standing, that’s certainly a possibility as the App Store is not short of an iOS synth app or three. OK, so amongst the many, there are some that are fairly forgettable but, equally, as I tried (and probably failed) to summarise recently in my synth app roundup, there are also a large number that are really very good indeed. JimAudio – with developer Dmitrij (Jim) Pavlov at the helm – have now offered … [Read more...]

Phenom review – is this a vocalist in an app from Wolfgang Palm?

There are already a few interesting iOS music apps that are provide some element of voice synthesis with the likes of Voice Synth and VoxSyn perhaps being the most obvious candidates if this is technology that appeals to your musical needs. However, synth pioneer and all-round creative mind Wolfgang Palm has now introduced a further very interesting option; Phonem. In fact, Phonem might already be familiar to some iOS musicians as it exists in a desktop format and has proved very popular. … [Read more...]