Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus gets AUv3 fine-tuning

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus 3 supports Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making … [Read more...]

Blocs Wave updated – excellent loop-based music app gets new EQ IAP option

Since launched, Ampify's Blocs Wave has moved forward at quite a pace. The app itself, like Novation's Launchpad, is also a loop and sample-based music creation tool...   but with some feature differences that make it distinct from the LaunchPad approach. Anyway, Ampify (a spin off from Novation) have rapidly developed the Blocs Wave concept further and a number of updates have already appeared for the app adding new import features, Ableton Link support, new export features, the very … [Read more...]

DDMF updates – iOS11 tweaks for AU format iOS reverb and EQ effects from DDMF

I posted a reviews of both 6144 EQ and Envelope Reverb iOS audio effects apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag when they were first released. Both of these are very capable audio processors in their own right but, given the desire from many iOS musicians to see the AU plugin format really take hold, the fact that both were launched AU-only plugins was also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded Neve 5033 … [Read more...]

Cyclop updated – Sugar Bytes bring technical tweaks to their mono synth app

When my more experiment side wants a shot at music creation, Sugar Bytes software is often where I end up. I'm fortunate enough to own some of their desktop-based instruments and effects but I think I've also got a full set of the various ports of these over to iOS. As I mentioned earlier this week with Korg, some iOS developers prefer to keep their updates few and far between (perhaps because they tend to have more comprehensive pre-release technical testing?). Sugar Bytes are in that group … [Read more...]

iTalizer updated – Numerical Audio make it two for the price of one

I given coverage to the excellent RP-1 , RF-1 and VC-1 apps from Numercial Audio developer Kai Aras here on the Music App Blog when each of these first launched. They all provide compact, but well-featured effects and are all capable of conventional and more creative treatments. They are all universal, very inexpensive and come with AU support straight out the box. What's not to like? Kai's latest app, however, is iTalizer which launched on the App Store a couple of weeks ago. today. The app … [Read more...]

iWaveStation update – Korg tweak their ‘classic’ iOS synth recreation

Korg are undoubtedly a leading brand in the world of music technology and that expertise and brand has very much embraced what iOS has to offer over recent years. Earlier apps such as iKaossilator, iPolysix and iMS-20 showed great promise but more recent apps such as Gadget, Module, iM1, ARP ODYSSEi and iMono/Poly have most certainly made a significant impact. Each of these apps is brilliant and all represent very good value for money. There other ‘classic synth as an iOS app’ release … [Read more...]

QuantumSequencer updated – new MIDI sequencer from Tony Saunders gets its first tweaks

As I noted a few days ago, QuantumSequencer (from developer Tony Saunders, who bought us midiSequencer some time ago) is now available on the App Store.   If you are familiar with midiSequencer then you will soon see the heritage of QuantumSequencer...  and, I suspect, know very quickly whether the new app might be something that will appeal. QuantumSequencer is obviously build on the underlying principles of midiSequencer but, as well as some considerably work under the hood, it … [Read more...]

MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments tweaks to their mic simulation app for iOS11

A few years ago, I reviewed what I think was the first example of microphone modelling technology for iOS; MicSwap from developer Future Moments. MicSwap is a universal app and is supplied in two forms; a free version (with some feature restrictions) and a ‘Pro’ version (with all features unlocked; currently UK£19.99/US$19.99). The app works with iOS9.3 or later and is a 153MB download. The app simulates a number of different microphone types and these are depicted in some fairly obvious … [Read more...]

Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co fine-tune their brilliant iOS drum machine app

As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I'm a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. Chordion, Ondes and dot Melody are well worth checking out. However, as I commented when originally reviewing the app, Ben Kamen and the team at Olympia Noise Co topped the lot with their Patterning: Drum Machine. There are some fabulous iOS drum/groove apps available but Patterning is absolutely one of my favourite iOS music apps whatever category we happen … [Read more...]