I’ve reviewed all of Christopher Rice’s Holderness Media iOS music apps here on the blog. Without a doubt, Chris is one of the good guys when it comes to indie developers for iOS musicians and all of his apps offer a brilliant combination of great creative options, ease of use and what are, in music technology terms, pocket-money pricing. So, whether it is EchoPad (creative delay-based effects), Caramel (distortion), Swoopster (a creative flanger/phaser), Crystalline (off-the-wall reverbs), Stereo Designer (one of the best stereo enhancement solutions I’ve ever used, iOS or otherwise), or Johnny (a tremolo effect), they are all just plain excellent…
Today has seen a flurry of updates as all of the app – both iPad and the ‘mini’ iPhone versions – all get refreshed on the App Store. The changes are the same in all the apps as far as I can see…. but this is an interesting set of updates because, as well as the usual ‘minor bugfixes’ comments in the App Store blurb, all apps are now indicated to be ‘Audiobus 3 ready’. We have see a few of these comments in updates over recent weeks so I guess that means Audiobus 3 is on the way fairly soon then…. :-)
The update also provides a new option for settings recall in the apps when re-launching them; very useful. Perhaps the big remaining question might be whether Christopher has AU support on his development horizon? It would be great to think that was a possibility and I’m sure the UIs would translate pretty well to the AU format with a modest amount of tweaking. Fingers firmly crossed….
If you have used any of the Holderness Media audio effects then you will know from experience that they deliver great performance and results. All of the apps in the series are excellent – niche effects perhaps, but excellent at what they do none-the-less. And, given the pocket money prices – the iPad versions are are just UK£4.99/US$4.99 each and there is a bundle pricing on the collection that saves even on those prices – these are also apps that any appaholic iOS musician can give in to the ‘buy me’ urge without feeling too guilty about it. All highly recommended.