I posted a full review of Blue Mangoo’s excellent iFretless Brass iOS music app when it was first released back in October 2014. If you need some high-quality traditional brass sounds in your iOS music productions, then this is a pretty good way to get them.
Like the equally excellent iFretless Bass, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Sax iOS music apps, iFretless Brass combines a guitar-like performance surface that allows you to add various types of performance expression (particularly slides and vibrato) and a very respectable set of sound samples that allow you to exploit these performance options.
Blue Mangoo release an update to the app today. This takes the app to v.3.5 (it was launched as v.3.0 to keep it in line with the other iFretless apps). While the v.3.3 update a few weeks ago added a rather nice new flugelhorn sound to the already impressive set of brass sounds, this time around it is just maintenance issue. There are fixes for those working on the iPhone 4S (iFretless is a universal app) and some general fixes and optimisations for a smoother workflow. Even so, regular users will always welcome seeing continued development on a favourite app.
Blue Mangoo’s iFretless apps are some of the very best sample-based virtual instrument iOS music apps that are currently available. iFretless Brass is an excellent addition to that series and, if you use brass-based sounds in your iOS music production, then the UK£7.99 asking price is a bit of a no-brainer. This is a great app, it’s universal and, for brass sounds, it is a good as it currently gets under iOS. Creating a convincing brass section 0 classical or contemporary – still requires some suitable user skill in terms of arrangements, but iFretless Brass is the best tool for the job that’s currently available for iOS.