I reviewed Igor Vasiliev’s Master FX (UK£4.99/US$5.99) app when it was first released. The app provides an excellent range of standard audio effects/processors including parametric EQ, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb and a compressor. The level of control is comprehensive and, with Audiobus and IAA support, the app is also easy to use within a wider iOS workflow. There is no AU support as yet (that would be great to see at some point though) but this is a great tool for general recording duties.
More recently, Igor’s attention has perhaps been focussed on his other apps and, in particular, the excellent sound design tools offered by SoundScaper and Fieldscaper. As a consequence, Master FX has perhaps taken a bit of a back seat but I was still surprised to see that the most recent update to the app was back in October 2014…. a pretty long time in iOS music tech terms.
However, Igor has now posted v.1.6 of the app on the iTunes App Store. The update includes some minor bug fixes but there are also optimisations of the audio engine under the hood and a new IAA panel has been added. However, the main change is to bring the app up-to-date with iOS itself and, in particular, to smooth the compatibility with iOS10. That’s obviously good to see for existing users…. Having given the update a quick spin via IAA in Cubasis, all seems to be working well…. this really is a powerful tool with plenty of processing options on offer.
If you are a new(ish) visitor to the Music App Blog, in addition to Master FX, you might want to check out the reviews of both MasterRecord and Audio Mastering – Igor Vasiliev’s other iOS effects apps. I was impressed by both of these apps and for a touch of analog warmth or to add some final ‘mastering’ punch and sparkle to your stereo mix, both apps have plenty to offer the iOS musician who uses their iPad for multi-track recording duties.