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...]

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...]

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...]

Syndt review – Klevgränd add a new polyphonic synth to their ‘Kanvas’ iOS music app 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, Pads and Baervvag amongst others. 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 … [Read more...]

Unique review – Sugar Bytes port their desktop synth to iPad and iPhone

Considering I’m really a guitar player bought up on blues and classic rock, I have a bit of an unusual thing for Sugar Bytes. The company specialise is music software aimed very much at the more electronic musician and, even within that niche, their virtual instruments and effects are pretty much ‘out there’. Perhaps not the first choice for your latest hard rock song? OK, so I spend quite a lot of time creating production music as well…. and that does involve me in spreading my musical wings … [Read more...]

Layr review – Living Memory Software launch impressive multi-timbral synth app for iOS

Long-standing Music App Blog visitors might well recall that I reviewed Ostinator – a sort of app-based emulation of a hardware looper pedal (and, in concept, not unlike an app such as Quantiloop) – and released by Living Memory Software. Ostinator is a cool little app and, because of its key function, perhaps attracted most attention from iOS-using guitar players. However, as I posted on Friday, Living Memory are now back with a new app – Layr - and, this time around, it is most definitely … [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...]