Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 5; iOS KISS vs iOS KISS

This short series of short(ish) articles is taking a lighthearted – but hopefully thought provoking - look at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform. It is intended to provide a balanced view of the merits (or otherwise) so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed whether it forms a good match to their particular needs. The topic of this post – part 5 in the series – is all about KISS. The ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ phrase is, of course, a bit … [Read more...]

Rough Rider 2 review – Audio Damage port their desktop compressor plugin to iOS

I've reviewed a number of compressor and limiter style iOS effects apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While there perhaps still isn't the plethora of choice desktop music makers might have available, we do have some good options and, thankfully, these include a number of apps that support the AU plugin format. And we now have another one....  and this addition is quite interesting on a number of counts. First, Rough Rider 2 is from Audio Damage and it represents the … [Read more...]

Quincy update – RoGame Software add Ableton Link support in their generative music composition app

I included Quincy (currently UK£3.99/US$4.99) from RoGame Software in my iOS generative music apps roundup a while ago. Quincy is a sort of abstract ambient music generator and the app uses an underlying algorithm that is based upon the Game of Life pattern generation process. You ‘seed’ the musical idea with a graphical pattern of cells and a set of rules are then applied that dictate which cells remain alive, which die and which new cells are ‘born’. And, as the pattern changes on the … [Read more...]

TC-11 update – Bit Shape add Audiobus 3 support to their flagship performance-based synth app

As I mentioned some time ago, I have a bit of a guilt trip about never having got around to reviewing Bit Shape's rather interesting iPad synth app TC-11. The app is priced at UK£23.99/US$24.99 - in the upper end of the iOS synth price bracket. However, if you like your synths, and in particular, your performance interfaces, to fully exploit what the touchscreen has to offer musicians, then TC-11 is most certainly worth a look. The unique feature of the app is the performance interface that … [Read more...]

Rock Drum Machine update – Luis Martinez’s ‘rock’ drum app goes to v.5

If you want instant acoustic drums suitable for your 'rock' (use that in a fairly broad sense of the word to cover various musical styles) then Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez is a very good option. The app provides a compact, streamlined, but very useable universal (iPad and iPhone) drum machine format but with sounds and styles aimed very much and the rock genre rather then electronic styles. Since my original review, Luis has continued to update the app and add all sorts of … [Read more...]

Jam Maestro update – David Blake’s tab-based sequencer gets Audiobus 3 support

I posted a review of the Jam Maestro v.3 update on the blog when it first appeared in spring of 2014. Jam Maestro has always been an interesting 'guitarist-friendly compositional tool' but, with v.3, it moved some significant steps forward. If you are a guitar player who likes to compose on the move or who wants a sequencing environment tailored to your view of the world rather than that of a keyboard player, then Jam Maestro is well worth checking out. Developer David Blake has continued to … [Read more...]

RP-1 and RF-1 giveaway – 3 bundles of AU-friendly iOS delay and reverb apps to be won

I reviewed the excellent RP-1  and RF-1 apps from Numercial Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when when both first launched. They provides compact, but well-featured delay and reverb effects respectively and both are capable of conventional and more creative treatments. Both RF-1 and RP-1 are universal apps, requires iOS9.0 or later, are approximately 30MB downloads and are individually priced at just UK£5.99/US$5.99. As well as launching with Audiobus and IAA support, both … [Read more...]

DM2 giveaway – 5 copies of Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app to be won

I was hugely impressed when I originally reviewed DM2 drum synth from Pascal Douillard's  Audionomy development team straight after release. DM2 made a brilliant debut and, while it had enough features to keep the more experienced drum programmers happy, it is also very accessible to those new to drum machine programming or drum synthesis. The team have also kept a steady stream of updates arriving since the initial release, with v.1.5 arriving just a few days ago and adding an excellent MIDI … [Read more...]

Ripplemaker launched – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned early today, one of my favourite 'new for 2017' iOS music apps - Troublemaker - received an update today. No sooner had I pressed 'publish' on that news item than an email appeared in my inbox from developer Bram Bos with details of another app that is released today.....  Ripplemaker hit the App Store this morning. Ripplemaker is described as a 'West Coast Flavoured Modular Synth' and, if you are familiar with Troublemaker then there are plenty of elements in the new app that … [Read more...]