I’ve reviewed a number of apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two – Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, PressIt and Esspresso. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system.
In every case, I’ve been hugely impressed with the creative possibilities that these apps provide. Enkl is a very cool mono-synth while the rest of the collection provide a number of different audio processing options including compression, distortion, de-essing, delay, reverb and modulation. They are also very very competitively priced and any of these would be worth including within your own iOS music app collection.
There is one further feature of all Klevgränd’s apps that is worth noting; the novel – and very streamlined – user interfaces. Most of the apps offer a fairly simple (and intuitive) control set for the user that, under the hood, perhaps tweaks more than a single parameter within the processing algorithm.
All of which always made me think that these apps were, from a graphic perspective, ideal candidates for the iOS version of Audio Units (AU) plugin format and that’s exactly what Klevgränd delivered back in June – six of their iOS music apps were give AU support using Apple’s new AUv3 standard – Enkl, SquashIt, Korvpressor, PressIt, Esspresso and Svep…. and every new release since then has also included AU support in the feature set.
Anyway, all six of these apps have received a further minor update today. The change log is identical for all on these update indicating tweaks to the AUv3 support when launching the apps under iOS10. It’s perhaps not surprising that developers are finding tweaks required to AU-based apps – it’s still something of a ‘work in progress’ from Apple – although, in this case, the changes are obviously of a pretty minor, fine-tuning, variety.
It was great to be able to insert multiple instances of each of these apps into my project. I can see Korvpressor – the single-band compressor app amongst the collection – getting a lot of use in this way given that compression is such a fundamental effect when it comes to mixing and I do like how it brings some additional character to the sound compared to the ‘stock’ compressor provided within Cubasis.
It’s also great to see the AUv3 format finally start to take a hold under iOS. having quizzed Johan Sundhage at Klevgrand this morning, he informed me that, given the development environment they are using for their desktop plugin production, the new AUv3 framework actually makes it a relatively simple task to create AU extensions for iOS and that, as a protocol, he much prefers it to IAA. Let’s hope other developers also start to see the benefits of this technology and AU can finally deliver on its promise on the iOS platform.
Finally, if you have not yet dipped into the Klevgränd iOS app collection, they are also available in ‘bundles’ that brings some further savings on the already competitive prices… just hit any of the download buttons below and follow your nose to find the bundle offers…. Anyway, these are great app, a doddle to use, do their focussed task very well, and are very competitively priced…. Well worth checking out….