Forever Beats review – quirky step sequencer from developer John Hussey

Music creation is a wonderful thing. Whatever the reasons you might feel compelled to do it, you can bet that the next musician will have different ones. And, whatever the workflow you use – and in particular the tools that help you realise that workflow – the odds are that the next musician will do it differently. Whether that’s your voice and an acoustic guitar, or a collection of uber-synths and a MIDI sequencer, the only rule of music creation is…. well…. there are no rules. All of which … [Read more...]

Multitrack DAW update – refinements for compact iOS DAW from Harmonicdog

Multitrack DAW by Harmonicdog is a popular recording choice with lots of iOS musicians. While it is an audio-only recording environment, it does offer two advantages that appeal to users. First, Multitrack DAW is simple to use (the feature set is streamlined so you can focus on the recording process itself and not get distracted). Second, it’s a universal app that, because of its streamlined feature set (and unlike Cubasis and Auria Pro, which are only available for iPad), actually runs … [Read more...]

Gadget 3.0 review – audio recording the highlight in Korg’s mega iOS electronic music production tool update

When Korg first released Gadget in 2014, I think it is fair to say that they pretty much smashed it. The app bought a combination of a novel approach, a format that suited iOS beautifully (in terms of features vs ease of use), a very slick UI and an eclectic mix of included virtual instruments - gadgets - that added up to an instant hit. Gadget was a shoe-in for my own personal 'iOS music app of the year' in 2014. What is also bought almost from day 1, was a promise from Korg to add audio … [Read more...]

BeatHawk v.2.0 review – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of their flagship iOS music app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

Multitrack DAW update – new features for compact iOS DAW from Harmonicdog

Multitrack DAW by Harmonicdog is a popular recording choice with lots of iOS musicians. While it is an audio-only recording environment, it does offer two advantages that appeal to users. First, Multitrack DAW is simple to use (the feature set is streamlined so you can focus on the recording process itself and not get distracted). Second, it’s a universal app that, because of its streamlined feature set (and unlike Cubasis and Auria, which are only available for iPad), actually runs rather … [Read more...]

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio review – Extreme Software Development port their DAW/sequencer to iOS

If you look at the desktop marketplace, the world is not short of DAW/sequencer options. There are most certainly fewer choices under iOS and, with the exception of Cubasis and GarageBand, those options that are available are not really coming from development teams porting streamlined versions of their well-established DAW/sequencer over to iOS. Instead, we have a number of offerings that originate from the more niche iOS development community itself. In terms of popularity, my guess would … [Read more...]

n-Track Studio review – n-Track Software’s multi-platform DAW/sequencer in its iOS format

As regular readers here will be aware, my own use for iOS music technology is focused more on music composition and/or music recording than live performance. All of which makes it perhaps surprising that I have not, as yet, reviewed n-Track Software’s n-Track Studio DAW/sequencer app for the Music App Blog. This is perhaps all the more surprising given that n-Track has actually been around in one form or another for quite some time on the App Store…. very much ‘my bad’! n-Track actually … [Read more...]

fluXpad review – MoMinstruments bring us a left-field sample-based sequencer designed for the touchscreen

I posted a review of WretchUp from the Mouse On Mars some time ago on the blog. WretchUp is most certainly a bit of a wild ride as an audio processor but, if you like to mangle audio in all sorts of unpredictable ways, and particularly if you like to do that in a performance context, then this is an app that might well appeal. The MoMinstruments team includes Oliver Greschke (of Elastic Drums fame) but, given WretchUp's pedigree, I think we should expect anything under the MoM banner to be a … [Read more...]

Voice Synth giveaway – 5 copies of the voice processing synthesis app from Qneo to be won

I posted a full review of Voice Synth by Qneo a couple of years ago here on the blog but, as I reported last week, the app has recently received a pretty substantial update in moving to v.4.0. This brings a fresh new look, some new features and some significant tweaks under the hood to improve the processing options. If electronic music is your thing, Voice Synth is vocal ear candy in an app; you just have to spend a little time with it to learn how to really get the best from it. At … [Read more...]