Music Studio updated – Xewton get their iOS DAW/sequencer ready for iOS9

Download from iTunes App StoreMusic Studio logoWhile I’m happy to admit to being a confirmed Cubasis user for my own iOS DAW/sequencer needs (it makes sense for me as I also use Cubase on my desktop), it is far from the only option when it comes to this class of iOS music app. One such alternative is Music Studio from Xewton and developer Alexander Gross.

I’ve not done a full review of the app here on the blog (my bad; it’s been around on the App Store since 2010, way before the Music App Blog came into being) but it has always struck me as a very functional recording platform. Currently priced at UKĀ£10.99, it allows both audio and MIDI recording/editing in up to 127 tracks (although I suspect most iOS devices might give up before that limit was reached) and includes a very respectable collection of sample-based instrument sounds (with further sound options available via some inexpensive IAPs) and a good selection of audio effects. There are also good audio and MIDI editing facilities.

Muisc Studio features a decent virtual keyboard but also supports MIDI input.

Music Studio features a decent virtual keyboard but also supports MIDI input.

The app has had Audiobus and MIDI support for a long time and had basic IAA support introduced in September last year. However, the v.2.6 update, which appeared on the App Store at the end of June, fully embraced IAA.

A further updated appeared on the App Store yesterday taking the app to v.2.6.2. At one level, this is very much of the maintenance variety – the generic ‘bug fixes’ description suggests this anyway – but the App Store description also includes a ‘iOS9 compatibility’ tag line. This is good to see and I’m sure regular users will be reassured that developer Alexander Gross is doing what can be done ahead of the introduction of the new OS to ensure as smooth a ride as possible.

The audio and MIDI sequencing environment follows a fairly conventional timeline-based format.

The audio and MIDI sequencing environment follows a fairly conventional timeline-based format. Note both iM1 and Enkl running via IAA within this project.

While perhaps not the slickest app to look at (although looks are, of course, a very personal thing), as a recording and sequencing environment, Music Studio is a solid workhorse with some really good features. Rather like GarageBand, however, it perhaps isn’t as strong as something like Auria or Cubasis when it comes to mixing. That said, it is not as expensive as either of these apps and it is also universal running on both iPad and iPhone platforms.

Anyway, if you are still trying to find your own personal ideal DAW/sequencer, then do check out the new version of Music Studio on the App Store. The feature set is generally good and, if it matches you particular needs, you can easily create some sophisticated recordings.

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