Guitar Gym updated – Leafcutter Studios expand on David Mead’s guitar workout app

Way back in the mists of Music App Blog time (OK, 2013 to be a bit more precise), I reviewed David Mead's Guitar Gym app from developer Leafcutter Studios. I can’t speak for the USA or other parts of the world but, if you are a student of the guitar in the UK then I expect you will have heard of David Mead. As well as writing for two of the UK’s leading guitar magazine – Guitarist and Guitar Techniques – David has produced a number of excellent guitar tutor books. Compared to when I first … [Read more...]

hearEQ update – Ten Kettles make your ears work harder in their iOS EQ ear-training app

I first reviewed hearEQ by Ten Kettles back in April 2014 soon after it was released. Essentially, this app provides an EQ training utility. It is very easy to use with a clear and simple design and, providing you have the self-discipline to spend time using it, for a chump change price (the app is currently UK£3.99/US$4.99 and offers a couple of inexpensive IAPs to expand the feature set), it will undoubtedly help improve your listening skills and your ability to identify specific frequency … [Read more...]

hearEQ update – Ten Kettles revamp their iOS EQ ear-training app

I first reviewed hearEQ by Ten Kettles back in April 2014 soon after it was released. Essentially, this app provides an EQ training utility. It is very easy to use with a clear and simple design and, providing you have the self-discipline to spend time using it, for a chump change price (the app is currently UK£3.99/US$4.99 and offers a couple of inexpensive IAPs to expand the feature set), it will undoubtedly help improve your listening skills and your ability to identify specific frequency … [Read more...]

AudioTools update – Andrew Smith’s audio testing utility app gets iPhone 7 support

If you subscribe to the Music App Blog's weekly email newsletter, then you will know that I've recently completed a personal project studio build for my own music production work. To cut a long story short, this is a 'room within a room' built within a barn and, while on the inside, it looks like any 4x5m domestic room/office, it is pretty well sound isolated (yay! no noise gets in or out). Of course, like any room used for audio production, sound proofing (if required) doesn't mean that the … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone – Ghostdust bring an iPhone version of their song and setlist manager app

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro review – sophisticated music theory app for iOS from mDecks Music

When it comes to iOS music apps on the App Store, it’s not all about synths, drum machines and DAWs; there are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I’ve looked at some of them here on the Music App Blog. These might not have the instant ‘buy me!’ appeal of some of the more glamorous synths, drum machines or guitar rig modellers but, in their own way, they are just as much an integral part of what makes iOS such a great – and versatile - platform … [Read more...]

ScalePlay review – music education meets generative musical instrument in RoGame’s latest release

Regular iOS music app geeks will be familiar with RoGame through their Qunicy app. Quincy is perhaps best described as a generative music app. It has been around on the App Store for a number of years and I’ve covered its various updates here on the Music App Blog on various occasions. Generative music tools are, perhaps, a bit of a niche interest but Quincy has proved itself to be very popular within that category and, as a means of inspiring a new musical idea, these sorts of apps are always … [Read more...]

Startfish Escalator review – Mark Wherry helps you find a name for your next band

If, like me, you spent your teenage years forming, dis-banding and then re-forming various bands with your mates, then you will have wasted just as much time as I did discussing the relative merits of different band names. At 14 (or thereabouts), the name of the band is probably the thing that occupies the attention more than anything else, including the songs and rehearsal time (doh!).... it is an important part of the musical journey. OK, so the name of the band actually means nothing in … [Read more...]

AudioTools update – Andrew Smith’s utility app will help you explore your studio acoustics

If you subscribe to the Music App Blog's weekly email newsletter, then you will know that I've recently completed a personal project studio build for my own music production work. To cut a long story short, this is a 'room within a room' built within a barn and, while on the inside, it looks like any 4x5m domestic room/office, it is pretty well sound isolated (yay! no noise gets in or out). Of course, like any room used for audio production, sound proofing (if required) doesn't mean that the … [Read more...]