Scythe update – iOS synth from Plastaq Software gets further tweaks

I reviewed Scythe from Plastaq Software here on the blog back in March 2015. Scythe is an iPad only app and that now requires iOS9.3 or later. At 3MB, it’s a download that ought to fit even on a well-stocked device. The app includes Audiobus support, IAA support (as an audio generator) and seems happy enough to receive MIDI from other sources such as a sequencer app or an external MIDI keyboard. Scythe is not the deepest iOS synth app you can find on the App Store, however, it is very capable … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...   :-) Unlike my last trip away back in January (which was to attend a family funeral), this one is a somewhat more light-hearted affair; we are getting to attend the wedding of some longstanding friends in Scotland. There is a … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent iOS synth moves to v.2.0

I reviewed Poison-202 from JimAudio soon after it was released. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk amongst others. The app arrived with universal support, IAA and MIDI included (although the latter was perhaps not as fully-featured as on some iOS synth apps) and AU support was added in v.1.1 which appeared in … [Read more...]

midiFILTr-PG launched – interesting iOS MIDI ‘randomiser’ from Art Kerns

Art Kerns will be well known to regular iOS music apps users through his excellent midiSTEPs, midiLFOs and Funkbox, all of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. Art has a couple of other iOS music apps on the App Store in what's becoming a bit of a series - the mididFILTr apps - thet first two of which were aimed at Volca FM and Volca sample users. However, a third app in this series has arrived on the App Store today - midiFILTr-PG - and this might have a somewhat … [Read more...]

Midiflow Adapter launched – new Audiobus 3 MIDI compatibility utility app from Johannes Doerr

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 just after it launched. One of the key new features of Audiobus 3 is MIDI routing; as with the audio routing options that Audiobus originally made its name with, the new version also allows you to route MIDI data between sources and destinations. This is a cool new feature and I'm sure will help a lot of iOS musicians to make a little bit more sense of these 'virtual' MIDI connections. As I also mentioned in a post, a suite of 8 MIDI utility apps from … [Read more...]

ChordFlow launched – new iOS MIDI chord sequencer app from Dmitry Klochkov

I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at the various ‘MIDI performance’ apps available for iOS. A couple of apps that have appeared since that article are ChordUp and Clawtar, both from developer Dmitry Klochkov. Both bring a slightly different take on the whole MIDI note creation process and I'm sure many iOS musicians could find a use for either app amongst their utility apps. Both are also available for pocket money prices. If either of these two … [Read more...]

ReSlice updated – brilliant iOS audio slicer instrument gets tweaks and SALE pricing

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist and AudioEffx, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. However, I think they hit the ball out the park with their recent offering - ReSlice - and I was hugely impressed with the app … [Read more...]

GarageBand update – Apple bring ‘free’ status to their iOS DAW/sequencer

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio update – rapid fire tweaks to iOS DAW/sequencer

I posted about another update to Audio Evolution Mobile Studio just a couple of days ago where developer Davy Wentzler had added some minor new features and a bunch of tidy-up style tweaks. As I commented in my original review of the app when it launched for iOS, Audio Evolution Mobile Studio is well worth a look if you have not yet found your 'home' with any of the established iOS DAW/sequencer. As I discussed in the full review, I was impressed with the basic concept, the conventional … [Read more...]