Why choose iOS for music making? – iOS Music Making: A Beginner’s Guide v.2

I wrote the first version of this post back in late 2013...  but a lot has changed in the world of iOS music making since then and now - August 2016 - I though it might be interesting to re-visit this post/topic and see just what might need bringing up-to-date..... If you are a young musician just taking your first steps in your journey of learning, making, performing and recording music, it’s quite probable that, outside of pictures, you may never have seen a cassette deck or a reel-to-reel … [Read more...]

iOS music app pricing – how low can you go?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve described a particular iOS music app as ‘good value for money’, ‘pocket money priced’ or available for ‘chump change’. When you can get some really quite good music apps for UK£0.69 (heck, and some even for free), it does take a bit of deliberate ‘hang on a minute’ thinking to step back and consider the wider implications and context of the iTunes App Store pricing model. However, having had a bit interaction with some of my (and your) favourite iOS … [Read more...]

Why choose iOS for music making? – iOS Music Making: A Beginner’s Guide

Music technology in context I’m writing this in early November 2013. If you are a young musician just taking your first steps in your journey of learning, making, performing and recording music, it’s quite probably that, outside of pictures, you may never have seen a cassette deck or a reel-to-reel multi-track recorder or a hardware compressor or a patch bay or, beyond the live desk found half way back from the stage at a big gig, even a multi-channel hardware mixing desk. Of course, all … [Read more...]

Quality matters – has iOS got what it takes as an audio recording platform?

A few days ago, I was exchanging personal news with a long-standing musician and studio-owning acquaintance of mine whom I hadn’t spoken with in a couple of years. Just as we were wrapping the conversation up, I happened to mention that I had set up the Music App Blog and that it was a website based around iOS music production. His response caught me a bit by surprise; “Oh, I own an iPad but I wouldn’t really be interested in anything involving compressed audio formats”. At the time, I didn’t … [Read more...]

Silence is golden

How would you like to perform a little experiment? It won’t take long (seconds) and it won’t cost you anything but it is, for anyone who is relatively new to DIY recording, quite instructive. Yes? Then read on and let me set up the context…. I’ve posted before on why I think mobile devices – and iOS-based devices in particular – represent a significant new paradigm for the home, DIY or project studio musician. An iPad, accompanied by a small number of additional hardware items (some of them … [Read more...]

iOS music apps – toys or tools?

I'd like to start with a question and, while I admit the link to iOS music apps might not be obvious to start with, bear with and I'll do my best to convince you that I can join the dots... So, my question…. has anyone here ever played Guitar Hero? For a while a few years ago it was all the rage on consoles such as the PS3 and the Wii. Indeed, my own sons (then aged about 10 and 3) were both hooked and we had the full setup for the family Wii; two guitars, a drum kit and a mic. The kids … [Read more...]

Touch-screen Revolution – or why music apps will change the way you create music using your project studio DAW

The mobile device has bought the freedom to make music almost anywhere. Whether it’s iOS or Android or smartphone or tablet, music apps can let you indulge your music-making habit - on the bus, on the train or on the beach – the choice is yours. And while, as yet, the software available for musicians on these mobile platforms can not match that available for the desktop/laptop format in terms of the power and total features, they are still pretty amazing – GarageBand, NanoStudio, AmpKit+, djay, … [Read more...]

Mobile Revolution

The recording of music has always been a process associated with cutting edge technology - whether that was the first ever sound recording, the development of multi-track tape-based recording and through to the latest, computer-based digital audio workstations (DAWs) which can cram as much recording technology into ones and zeros as would have been found in many a multi-million pound 'real' studios only 10 or so years ago. And while there are also sorts of perfectly valid reasons why it is still … [Read more...]