Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 5; iOS KISS vs iOS KISS

This short series of short(ish) articles is taking a lighthearted – but hopefully thought provoking - look at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform. It is intended to provide a balanced view of the merits (or otherwise) so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed whether it forms a good match to their particular needs. The topic of this post – part 5 in the series – is all about KISS. The ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ phrase is, of course, a bit … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 4; the touchscreen vs the touchscreen

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1), size (physical footprint; part 2) and price (hardware vs software; part 3). In part 4, I’d like to look at one of the very obvious highlight features of iOS (and any modern smart … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 3; its price vs its price

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1) and size (physical footprint; part 2). In part 3, let’s tackle what is perhaps a critical theme when for anyone making a purchase decision; costs. Premium product, premium price; it’s a … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 2; it’s compact vs it’s compact

This series of short(ish) discussion articles is focused on the pros and cons of iOS as a music-making platform. I’m a fan of the approach but I’d also be the first to admit that it is far from ‘perfect’ (whatever that might be given that we all make our music in different ways anyway). The various pros and cons of the iOS music technology manifest themselves in all sorts of ways and, hopefully, by giving some air time to some of the more significant of these ‘good vs bad’ aspects, the articles … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 1; no hard drive vs no hard drive

As a regular user of iOS in my own personal music-making workflow, I take no convincing of the various useful roles my iPad (or iPhone) can play. They are many and varied (itself a topic for another time) but, while I’m more than happy to exploit what IOS can offer, I do realise that I’m in a music tech minority. There are lots of musicians who (a) are aware of iOS technology but get their job done without needing an iPad to do it, (b) have perhaps been exposed to what iOS can offer but remain … [Read more...]

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...]