Less is more; part 2 – a compact iOS music app collection for recording

finger on a tablet computer screenI posted an article earlier this week arguing the merits of ‘less is more’ when it comes to a working collection of iOS music apps. As I commented in that post, this is not a new idea. There are lots of musical examples where successful artists have made brilliant music using only a limited range of equipment or under some other sort of workflow constraints. The bottom line here is that access to shed-loads of ‘gear’ is not what limits musical creativity for most of us; it’s our skill level in using that available gear and, of course, our musical skills themselves (playing, singing, writing, arranging, etc.)….

…. if you want to ‘improve’ your musical results, investing in new gear is a tempting fix but investing in your skills is perhaps more likely to reap results. In other words, for the majority of us, there is no short cut to making better music; you have to work at it…. and a compact tool set (rather than endless choices) means less distractions and a streamlined workflow so you can focus on that skill development.

Can we build a recording studio in 20 apps or less?

Can we build a recording studio in 20 apps or less?

So, in order to put my money (well, apps actually) where my mouth is, what about a compact list of iOS music apps that can become my ‘core set’ for my iPad-based recording? As I stated in the earlier post, I’m aiming for a list of under 20 apps (a somewhat arbitrary number I know) so that I can (a) keep my workflow streamlined and (b) through regular use, find myself fully familiar with the full extent of what each of those apps is capable of. Both of those things in turn will mean that I spend less time being distracted by an ever-expanding app collection and have more time to do what really matters; make music over and over again (improving my skill set as I do) until I actually become quite good at it….

One final qualification before I dig in…. This is a personal selection aimed at recording duties. Undoubtedly, your own selections might well be different to mine to suit your style of music and the role iOS plays for you (live performance, composing, recording, etc.)….

….. so, here we go…   a ‘less is more’ compact iOS music app collection for recording…..

Open DAWs

If you are a long-standing reader here at the Music App Blog then no prizes for guessing the first app on my list; my iOS DAW/sequencer of choice, Steinberg’s Cubasis.

Cubasis provides a well-featured audio and MIDI recording, arranging and mixing environment all brilliantly implemented on the iPad's touchscreen.

Cubasis provides a well-featured audio and MIDI recording, arranging and mixing environment all brilliantly implemented on the iPad’s touchscreen.

I could easily swap in Auria Pro here; it is, in many ways, more powerful than Cubasis and much closer in specification to a desktop DAW/sequencer. However, I’m a Cubase user on the desktop so Steinberg’s iOS take on the Cubase platform feels very much like home to me. Yes, I can think of a few features I’d love to see added (folders and group channels for example) but, on the whole, I actually like the fairly streamlined feature set as I think it suits the iOS format and, in this case, also suits my ‘less is more’ philosophy.

And, in workflow terms, as it’s probably the app I know best of all the iOS music apps I use, it also means I’m already pretty efficient when using it.

Guitar’s the star

My main instrument is the electric guitar so I’m going to want at least one of the many very good iOS guitar rig simulation apps within this collection. I’ve actually gone for Line 6’s Mobile POD here but it was a toss-up between that and Positive Grid’s BIAS FX. In the end, I think heart won over head (I’m a long-standing Line 6 fan) and many of the models within the app are familiar to me through their various incarnations in other Line 6 products I’ve used including the latest and greatest of these, the Helix.

Mobile POD has recently gained a new look... but I still love the sounds Line 6 create with their guitar rig modelling.

Mobile POD has recently gained a new look… but I still love the sounds Line 6 create with their guitar rig modelling.

Heck, I’m even OK with the rather abstract graphics that Line 6 introduced in the most recent update of Mobile POD. I’d seen these coming in their desktop/hardware products so it perhaps wasn’t such a surprise when they appeared in the iOS app. However, the bottom line is, of course, all about sound and I just like what Line 6 do with their modelled guitar tones…. and, with many years of using Line 6 stuff under my belt, familiarity wins here also.

Beat it

I’m happy enough to go with a single guitar rig sim but, when it comes to drums and grooves, one app on it’s own wouldn’t quite cut it so, in this area, I’ve actually included three different apps; DrumPerfect Pro (for my ‘real’ acoustic drums), Patterning (for my electronic grooves and drum sounds) and Sector (simply because it is brilliant for off-the-wall electronic grooves).

DrumPerfect Pro - the new look is very slick.

DrumPerfect Pro – the new look is very slick.

I could easily make a case for one further app – perhaps a more conventional ‘drum machine’ style tool and, in this case, I’d go for either iSpark, Elastic Drums or DM2 but, for now, I’ll stick to my three listed above and let Patterning deal with ‘conventional’ drum machine duties while also being very happy that it is capable of much more besides.

Patterning; going where no iOS drum machine app has gone before?

Patterning; going where no iOS drum machine app has gone before?

Synth you’ve been gone

OK, not all of them are gone…. and, for this exercise, of my many iOS synths, I’ve retained three for my compact recording app set; SynthMaster Player, iM1 and iSEM. OK, so I know the synth purists amongst you are now spitting your coffee over your touchscreens but, as I’m really a guitar player, then cut me a little slack.

In my case, both SynthMaster and iM1, while they can most certainly be seen as glorified preset machines, also offer a huge range of sounds and, for my needs, just enough programmability to make things interesting but without me getting bogged down. Both work nicely via IAA within Cubasis. The SynthMaster environment is one I’m also familiar with as I use the desktop version as well….

iM1 in 'easy' mode. This is easy to use but, don't be fooled, as this app has plenty of depth if you want to dive in.

iM1 in ‘easy’ mode. This is easy to use but, don’t be fooled, as this app has plenty of depth if you want to dive in.

My token ‘proper’ synth is iSEM. I do genuinely like this synth and particularly for bass sounds. It is not the most complex of synth engines so it also appeals to the guitar player in me (!). However, the fact that it is also AU compatible was a consideration; with Cubasis now offering AU hosting, this is an app I can call on multiple times within the same project if I need to.

Get generic

On top of my three synths, I’m also including two other virtual instruments, although these are more of the sample-based variety; Module and SampleTank. I own a number of the expansion packs for Module and, as my go to source of piano and organ sounds – plus a few others that it also does – it serves me well. SampleTank is a bit of a ‘catch-all’ for everything else. There are perhaps better sounding apps for all of the sounds it covers but, as a single app that covers a lot of basic sonic ground, it does a great job. The fact that it is also four-part multi-timbral is an additional plus point.

Module's sound set is focused on pianos but there are other sounds included and they all sound very good indeed.

Module’s sound set is focused on pianos but there are other sounds included and they all sound very good indeed.

Effect me

Cubasis comes with a respectable set of basic effects processing options so, for routine compression, EQ and modulation, I’ll most certainly get by and, as I added the two IAP effects packs some time ago, I’ve got access to most of what I need. That said, iOS does offer a huge number of brilliant audio effects options….

…. but, if I’m going to stick to my ‘less is more’ principles here, I need to just pick a few of these to include within my core set. In my case, I’ve gone for four; Auto-Tune for iOS, Stereo Designer, AltiSpace and Turnado.

I’ve said before that I think the App Store is waiting for a really good pitch-correction app to arrive. Auto-Tune for iOS could be that app and, while it is not quite there yet, it is probably as good as it gets…. so, as my vocals often need a helping hand, Auto-Tune makes the cut.

Auto-Tune Mobile... working via IAA within Cubasis.

Auto-Tune Mobile… working via IAA within Cubasis.

StereoDesigner might seem like something of a random choice but this is an app that I love and, while any stereo manipulation tool needs using with caution, this app can bring almost any sound to life by adding that extra ‘pop’ that only stereo imaging can deliver. Underrated by many but included by me.

AltiSpace is here because I still think the stock reverbs supplied with Cubasis are a little under-powered. The fact that you can get a convolution app for an iPad (in fact, several, as AltiSpace isn’t the only convolution-based reverb app available) is still a surprise to me. It sounds great and rounds out the Cubasis effects nicely.

AltiSpace; brilliant convolution reverb app for iOS.

AltiSpace; brilliant convolution reverb app for iOS.

Turnado is my ear-candy effects app. I picked this over other contenders – Flux:FX or DFX, for example – simply because it is, for me, the wildest ride and also software I’m familiar with on the desktop. It takes some learning but is capable of some real magic when required.

Incidentally, I could easily be persuaded to tweak this particular selection – heck, and even add to it – it there was (a) a top-notch EQ app and (b) a top-notch compressor app that both came with AU support. Compression and EQ are perhaps the two most fundamental processing options required when mixing and, until I can use multiple instances of a 3rd party app within Cubasis via AU, then I’ll stick with the stock offerings Cubasis provides even if they do lack a little bit of character.

Turnado provides you with a useful IAA transport panel when used as an IAA app and can work in either portrait mode (as shown here) or landscape mode.

Turnado provides you with a useful IAA transport panel when used as an IAA app and can work in either portrait mode (as shown here) or landscape mode.

Quite a performance

Cubasis includes a ‘chord pad’ option and, while this is perfectly serviceable, iOS has a number of other MIDI performance apps that do a much better job. I’ve gone for Chordion here simply because it is the one I’ve used for the longest and know the best (it’s also a streamlined feature set so, again, suits the ethos of what I’m going for in this collection) but I’d have been more than happy to go with alternatives such as ChordPolyPad (more powerful) or Navichord (perhaps more helpful for harmonic guidance?).

Chordion; a brilliant MIDI performance app that is a doddle to use.

Chordion; a brilliant MIDI performance app that is a doddle to use.

Master of the audio

Having recorded my latest bit of musical inspiration based around the 15 apps listed above, it would be a shame not to give the stereo mix that final bit of polish. I’ll therefore round off this core set of personal choices for recording with a mastering tool.

Igor Vasiliev's Audio Mastering

Igor Vasiliev’s Audio Mastering

You could, of course, chain together a number of different apps to make a mastering system, but I’m happy enough to go with a dedicated app for the job. While I do like IKMultimedia’s Lurssen Mastering, given the price for the full app, I think we have two more accessible contenders in this category; Mastering from Igor Vasiliev and Positive Grid’s Final Touch. I’d be happy with either as they both offer more than enough tools to get the job done. I’m a long-standing fan of Igor’s approach to development though so Mastering was my personal pick here but Final Touch is also very good indeed.

One folder, one page

So, as shown in a single screen shot, I’ve managed to confine my selection to 16 apps; rather neatly, this is one page within one iOS folder. It would, of course, be very easy to start adding additional apps into this compact collection but, as I stated in my earlier post that I was (somewhat arbitrarily) going to stick with a target of 20 or less apps, I will at least mention the four that I could have included if my OCD hadn’t got the better of me.

One folder and one page.... just 16 apps to form my 'core set' for an efficient, but flexible, iOS recording system.

One folder and one page…. just 16 apps to form my ‘core set’ for an efficient, but flexible, iOS recording system.

My recording experience has been built on using conventional DAWs such as Logic and Cubase. Cubasis is, therefore, a concept that is familiar to me and offers a similar way of working. However, just as the original version of Reason on the desktop was, essentially, a MIDI-only sequencing environment, we have a number of electronic music production environments available under iOS that offer brilliant and creative options for music creation. Two of my extra four picks would actually come from this category; Gadget and Oscilab… and both are great for getting some electronic ideas started (or even nearly finished) before handing off the results to Cubasis.

I’d include Gadget simply because I think Korg have created something that just works on the iPad platform so well. The visual design is great and the feature set strikes (for me at least) the perfect balance between ‘enough’ and ‘not too much’. And, with a really interesting set of ‘gadgets’, access to the sounds within Module, and a great MIDI sequencing system, this is hard to beat.

Gadget - a great choice for all-in-one electronic music production.

Gadget – a great choice for all-in-one electronic music production.

However, for a variety of reasons, I think Oscilab is a pretty good contender. Oscilab has been around longer than Gadget. It takes a similar concept and shrinks it down to something even more compact. However, where the app really scores is in the interesting way you can create sequences. This is pure touchscreen brilliance…. Oscilab is, in my opinion at least, one of the underrated gems within the iOS music app section of the App Store.

For my final two picks I’d simply add Guitar Toolkit (I use it every day even if only as a guitar tuner) and one of either VocaLive or VoiceRack:FX. If you write songs – as opposed to instrumental music – vocals are generally the most important element so making them ‘pop’ in a mix is a big deal. OK, I’ll toss a coin…. and it’s come up in favour of VoiceRack:FX….

Oscilab - for me, one of the most underrated music apps on the App Store.

Oscilab – for me, one of the most underrated music apps on the App Store.

Missing in action?

So, 16 main apps and 4 ‘extras’ that I would add if I was cutting myself a little more slack. However, what might seem surprising (well, it surprised me) was some of the high-profile iOS music apps that I didn’t make this final selection. For example, there is no Audiobus, AUM, Thor, Nave, Model 15, AUFX apps, (Stereo Designer aside) Holderness Media apps…. well, pick your own from the very many excellent others that, for some of you, would have found a place in your own version of this list.

For me, AUM and Audiobus are perhaps the most interesting exclusions and I think this simply reflects that I’ve built a collection here that allows me to work much as I would on the desktop; that is, everything would run via IAA or AU within Cubasis. And, with a fairly modest number of apps that need connecting anyway, apps like AUM and Audiobus – which are really about connectivity between different apps – are not something I really need in this context.

AUM - didn't makeit into my personal recording 'core set' but would be a shoe-in for a live performance system....

AUM – didn’t makeit into my personal recording ‘core set’ but would be a shoe-in for a live performance system….

I think this would be very different if this was an app collection for a live performance context. Equally, it might be different if this was a recording system built around a MIDI sequencer such as ModStep as opposed to a DAW/sequencer like Cubasis. In both these situations, Audiobus and AUM would be very obvious choices as they would undoubtedly be required to ‘glue’ the individual apps together. In my compact recording setup, Cubasis is capable of fulfilling that role so neither would be essential.

More ‘less is more’?

This ‘less is more’ concept can, of course, be taking into other areas of iOS music making besides the ‘recording’ setup I’ve described here. The obvious candidates would be in a live performance context (where the app selections would depend upon your musical interests and core instrument such as keys, guitars or drums, for example) and then thinking about items beyond the apps themselves. For example, taking my collection apps for recording as an example, what would be the ‘core items’ of additional hardware you would need to add to make a viable recording setup?

This is something I looked at in my ‘Building an iPad recording studio’ series some time ago… but, again, this is a topic that it is worth returning to and seeing just how much fat you can really cut back on. Actually, I think it’s quite a lot… and if you are just getting started with iOS-based recording, perhaps that can form the next topic I’ll turn my attention to. Just how little additional kit do you need over and above the iPad and those ‘core’ apps in order to have a viable ‘recording studio’? Watch this space….

Your ‘less is more’?

Of course, we all make our music in different ways and are interested in making different types of music. My collection of 16 (or 20) apps, while ideal for me, might not suit you even if your intention is also to build a compact app collection for recording duties….

So, if these couple of posts have got you thinking, then feel free to share your thoughts below by posting a comment… or in an email to me through the Contact Us link…. It will be interesting to see just how diverse our ‘core set’ app collections might be… and, hopefully, to hear something of the reasons why those selections work for different members of the readership. Get commenting :-)

The Music App Blog ‘core apps’ selection for recording duties

I’ve reviewed all the apps mentioned above previously here on the Music App Blog and their are links embedded in the text so you can find those reviews easily if you want to discover more about the apps I’ve selected. After that, feel free to hit the icons below to check the latest details and current pricing on the App Store….

cubasis logo 3Cubasis for iPad – review



Auto-Tune Mobile logoAuto-Tune for Mobile – review



mobile pod logo 2Mobile POD – review



drumperfect logo 1DrumPerfect Pro – review



Patterning IconPatterning – review



chordion logoChordion – review



SynthMaster Player logo 2Synthmaster Player – review



SampleTank logoSampleTank – review



stereo designer logoStereoDesigner – review



Korg Module logoKorg Module for iPad – review



iM1 logoKorg iM1 – review



AltiSpace logoAltiSpace – review



audio mastering logoAudio Mastering – review



sector logoSector – review



turnado logoTurnado – review



isem logoiSEM – review



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    Comments

    1. Cuscolima says:

      I did my list last night, before you published yours and we have a lot of app in commun. In my opinion, you miss a composition tool. I mean an app that will let you “build” the song. This is something that can hardly be done on Cubasis. This app is not very convenient to manipulate parts if a song. That’s why I have added Infinite Looper to the list. This is my sketchpad. Of course this is my way to produce music and probably not the only one…

      • ConfusedKitten says:

        I find Loopy HD really useful for capturing initial ideas as most of my song ideas are born out of noodling with synths, guitar or vocals, so if I stumble across a riff or hook that has gravity I can capture a brief rendition in Loopy HD in seconds which is awesome. I agree with the dude below though that the tools you need will be reflected in the style of music you create as electronic and acoustic are very different beasts! I’ll be interested to see what workflow options are available in the new release too!

      • Good call…. I could easily suggest a few candidates of my own in that role (although Gadget and Oscilab would be possibles). The desktop version of Cubase has the Arranger Track feature which, once you get your head around it, is actually pretty good for re-sequencing song sections. I tend to use it for doing fixed-length cut-down of full tracks such as 30 sec or 10 sec versions aimed at ad slots…. Unfortunately, it’s one of the more specialised features that will, I think, take some time to appear on the Cubasis feature list :-( Best wishes, John

    2. Interesting selection of apps. Makes a lot of sense for what you are using them for.

      I guess the list would be slightly different if one was specialising in EDM, or soundscapes, or experimental drones etc…

      We are lucky that there are so many varied choices on iOS for so many different types of music needs.

      • Hi Simon…. yes, this is bound to be a very personal thing based upon your particular style of music…. but it’s interesting to hear have others would approach this kind of ‘less is more’ ethic based upon their own brand of music making…. so I’m looking forward to seeing a few alternative lists appear here…. :-) very best wishes, John

    3. I agree and find sense with much of your list and the thoughts that go behind your choices. One advantage to Cubasis is that you’ve got some great synths in there similar to iM-1 and Synthmaster because they are mildly tweakable and to me sound great, as well as drums, pianos, drum loops and whatnot.Thanks to your article I’m going to have to look at Mobile POD a bit more.
      As a person who had to remove apps on a previously smaller iPad, I now really enjoy having 300+ apps all over page after page on my 128gb iPad. Of course I don’t use them all consistently, but I like being able to pull something out of nowhere or do something in a totally different way when I feel like it.

    4. Hi John,
      Lately, I have been up against the wall in regards to storage space on my iPad Mini 2 (32gig). Down to less than 1gig I felt the need to upgrade to an iPad with larger storage capacity. Then I saw Auria Pro allowed one to use an external HD so I began exploring that option in ernest. I have Cubasis and am happy enough with it (although having the ability to use more markers would be greatly appreciated) but it doesn’t have the HD storage option. So while I was calculating which apps Auria Pro might be able to replace I saw this article from you. I never thought about deleting ANY of my music apps. After all, they are my friends! ;) So my ernest exploration focused on which apps I could live without. After some consideration I now have 4.1 gig available and am looking for others to cull.

      One major difference between our two lists is that even though my main instrument is electric guitar I still love synths and a superior sounding piano app is a must. CMP Grand has replaced Module w Ivory IAP and iGrand. To me it sounds superior. On the synth side I have gone from 44 to 16! The way I view the synths is that they could just as well be one app with many patches. I don’t do much more than the occasional tweak so learning the full strength of these synths is unimportant to me. I have four of iceWorks synths but they could just as easily all been under one hood.

      Some of the apps I have are virtual instruments, like Steel Guitar, GeoSynth, D550, and iFretless Sax. They are all a lot of fun to play and very musical and useful in my music making. I showed up at a friends house without my guitar and a jam session broke out. I used GeoSynth as my instrument and was able to join in. It was a great jam!

      I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to hone the roster down to 16 or even 20 but because of your article I was able to free up enough space to keep things going and saved a ton of $$$ not having to buy a new iPad, Auria Pro, or a SanDisk thumb drive so thank you for the timely article!

    5. Hello John:
      This has been a really fascinating series, so far, as I’ve been really given a great deal thought, both on the desktop and iOS side, which music production tools I should stick with.

      In my head, I have always envisioned using my iOS device as a way of capturing ideas, and then expanding on them either on my iPad or via Logic in OS X. It’s been about attempting to capture what’s in my head, getting the ideas down as much as I can, and then building on the results, whether it’s sketching out the rough ideas or going deeper to flesh out the tune.

      I have not been immune to collecting apps that sounds like great ideas to achieve such progress, but for one reason or another (usually, time conflicts, lack of energy or interest, FOMO on other things, etc.) what started out as an app with potential often just is fleeting.

      Then Infinite Looper comes along, and suddenly it’s rekindled my interest in attempting to work my ideas and sounds around a tool that helps pull ideas together. I have not dabbled much with IAA, even Audiobus. The fact that it has its own internal sounds via Soundfonts is a nice start. But then the fact that IAA is built in made it more compelling for me to try out those instruments that otherwise would sit tight. There were even some apps that I ended up using my MIDI controller to lay down loops in Infinite Looper. I love the fact that it captures MIDI for export, and also that I can record the audio playback of the song I’m constructing. Speaking of constructing songs, that’s a huge feature for me to expand on. And so, at least at the moment, I try forming ideas using Infinite Looper as a starting point, and then building from there.

      I also have iMaschine 2. I have used it, and its earlier version, in the past to start tunes and then continue them in Maschine, so I do see myself using that at times.

      I haven’t decided on where to land yet for an iOS DAW. I have both Auria Pro and Cubasis. I’ve used Auria Pro a little more than Cubasis, but truth be told I have not done a full song using either. I may try and stick with Auria Pro, simply because ‘ve gone the most distance with it. It may be, just like Logic, that it’s best to stick with one DAW, and learn from that.

      All told, my cleanup on my iPad Air has reduced the music app count to roughly 45. I know it’s still much. But honestly, if I can live with Model 15 and ditch, say, iMini, iProphet and Baseline for my needs, with the knowledge that it is an experiment, then perhaps I can remove those other synths too. Other apps are utility or performance apps (i.e., Logic Remote, Omni TR, Music IO, Studiomux, Traktor DJ, etc.). I have some chord tools (SoundPrism Pro, Chordion, Navichord), which I’m sure to refine, especially since Infinite Looper allows me to create and save my own chord selection.

      It’s a tremendous challenge, but it really makes since to pare down, especially if the main focus should be to make music. I can see myself eventually going the same route with my desktop DAW, especially since Logic has plenty of factory instruments that are suitable out of the box, and can be tweaked to my liking with a bit of synth knowledge (working through Syntorial, at the moment).

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts on something that should be obvious, but too often somehow gets lost among our busy lives. Looking forward to the continuation of this series.

    6. Paulinko says:

      I have a completely different approach to music making with iOS. For me it’s not about productivity, being efficient or cutting the fat. These perspectives remind me too much of some sort of business school curriculum.

      My interest in iOS music making is purely for the joy of creating music. As a child I enjoyed banging on various things around the house but my folks didn’t share my enthusiasm. As an adult I can indulge this urge to bang around without breaking the bank or annoying the neighbors with iOS apps. Exploring the various apps, creating various sound chains, and discovering new ways to create music is as joyful for me as the sounds I create with them. Perhaps the general public would receive my current musical creations about as enthusiastically as my parents did my earlier efforts as a child? For me, creating music is fulfilling in and of itself. My limits aren’t the function or role apps will play in a work flow but rather how engaging they are and my willingness to learn about them. I try to go wherever my curiosity leads me.

      • Hi Paulinko…. thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts…. You are, of course, absolutely right that everyone’s reasons for making music – whatever form that might take – will be personal to them. And, of course, it should be an enjoyable experience; the journey can be as important as any destination might be.

        For those that do have an end-point in mind, however, a process for getting to that end-point that makes it more likely that you will reach it before giving up or getting distracted is a positive thing (and I guess this is true of almost any activity). For me, there is a ‘business’ element to music production as I’m fortunate enough to be able to (just about) earn a living from various musical activities…. so, sometimes, I do just have to get it done or I don’t get paid :-)

        That doesn’t mean I don’t share your sentiments though…. and, whether its some combination of iOS music apps or some combination of guitar fx pedals, I can easily get lost in trying to see where new sounds might take me. My other key ‘distraction’ is that I’m also a complete tech geek – I just like exploring what the technology can do – and that often means time disappears (and no music gets made) while I enjoy that process as well :-)

        Music is a wonderful multi-faceted thing and its great we can all enjoy it in so many different ways…. Thanks again and very best wishes, John

    7. That is a really good list. For a full-featured DAW, MultiTrack Studio is an often overlooked option. It has the ability to change tempo and time-signature throughout the sequence for more adventurous composers. It is frequently updated and has an active and engaged developer.

      Probably the weakest category for iOS is a user-editable sampler. ThumbJam and BeatMaker2 are (to my knowledge) the only ones that let you do proper mapping of samples to key & velocity ranges. If there are others, I’d like to know about them.

      Nice articles, John.

      • Hi Stub… thanks for the kind words…. Yep, MultitrackStudio for iPad is under-rated…. and, as the first AU host, also something that its’ developer keeps current. best wishes, John

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