BeatMirror review – Ten Kettles expand on their iOS musical education app offerings

As an aid to your efforts as a musician, iOS doesn't just have to be about synths and drum machine and DAWs; it can also be about improving your musical skills. I've looked at a number of iOS music apps that might fall into this 'utility' category over the years here on the Music App Blog. There are some really good offerings but, as with that subscription for your local gym, buying an educational app doesn't buy you the right to the skills it teaches; some practice is required for that. Ten … [Read more...]

Wizibel updated – Klevgränd add to their iOS audio visualiser app

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, most recently, Syndt. 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...]

Audiobus 3 review – Audiobus team add MIDI and AU support to their classic iOS music utility app

So the wait is over and Audiobus - an iconic app that, without making any noise of its own, is perhaps one of the most important music apps in iOS music technology’s relatively short history – has reached its third iteration. If you are new to iOS-based music making, then you can be forgiven for perhaps not knowing quite what the fuss is about. However, in the days before Audio Units (AU) or Inter-App-Audio (IAA), Audiobus was the first practical solution passing audio data between your … [Read more...]

Wizibel launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS app collection with audio visualiser app

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 and Pads. 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 … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

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...]

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...]