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...]

Blocs Wave review – real-time pitch/time stretch in loop-based iOS music app

If you have any background in music technology then the Novation brand (and sister company Focusrite) will be well known to you. Novation's Launchpad hardware/software combination has been incredibly successful for both live and studio musicians and their 'free plus IAP' iOS music app version of the Launchpad concept has proved equally popular amongst both iOS musicians and, I suspect, lots of more general users (folks interested in music making but without traditional instrument … [Read more...]

LooperSonic review – streamlined looper recording app from David O’Neill

In a stompbox form, looper pedals are quite popular with guitar players but, despite the guitar being my primary instrument, it was only really when I started exploring iOS music apps that I got into the whole looper thing. I’ve always loved what some artists do with loopers live – KT Tunstall for example – but somehow never found the time to explore for myself. Of course, then I reviewed Loopy HD and that all changed as I began to realise what I’d been missing; loopers can be hugely creative … [Read more...]

Music Memos review – Apple create a songwriter’s notepad in an app

Some time ago here on the Music App Blog, I published a post looking at a compact ‘ever ready’ toolkit of iOS music apps that were ideal for an iPhone and primarily intended to allow the user to ‘capture’ a song idea as and when the muse decided to strike. When I put that post together, one key element of that app collection was a simple audio recording app…. not perhaps a multitrack recorder, but something that could be fired up with the minimum of fuss, switched into record mode, and … [Read more...]