NFM review – new iOS FM synth app with AU support from NS1 developer

I reviewed Nikolozi Meladze’s NS1 synth back in February of 2016 as it was released. NS1 was (still is; it's been regularly updated since launch) a very solid virtual analog synth instrument with some very cool sounds and, while programmable by the user, the control set was not so complex that synth newbies would find it too intimidating. Of course, the other key element for NS1 which, at the time it was launched, was novel was that it was designed with AU support from the ground up. Indeed, … [Read more...]

Jubal Flute review – Embertone port their beautiful virtual wooden flute instrument to iOS

As I reported a few months ago, Embertone - with collaboration from Blue Mangoo (a developer well know to iOS musicians through their iFretless apps) - released a  virtual saxophone instrument for iOS - Sensual Sax - as a port of one of their desktop virtual instrument products. Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge but, within some stylistic limits, Sensual Sax does a great job and can be used to create some very authentic sounding … [Read more...]

FuzzPlus 3 review – Audio Damage drop some free fuzz

As I posted earlier today, Audio Damage have released another interesting iOS music app this week - Phosphor 2 is their first synth offering - to follow up on a very rapid release schedule that has included Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2 and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. However, while Phosphor 2 might be the headline new release, it's not the only own; we also get FuzzPlus 3 :-) As the name might suggest, FuzzPlus 3 is a fuzz/distortion effect and, while … [Read more...]

Phosphor 2 released – Audio Damage add a synth to their iOS AU app catalogue

Audio Damage appear to be on a mission when it comes to iOS music apps at present. I've reviewed Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2 and Replicant 2 all within the last few weeks. However, things don't seem to be slowing down just yet as now we have the release of Phosphor 2. Where as the apps listed above have all been audio processors/effects of one type or another, Phosphor 2 is Audio Damage's first iOS synth offering.  Again, it is a port of a desktop version that has, in … [Read more...]

Unique updated – Sugar Bytes tweak to their iOS synth including Audiobus 3 support

I did a full review of Sugar Bytes new iOS synth app Unique here on the blog soon after it launched. As regular readers of the blog will be aware, I’m a self-confessed of a fan of Sugar Bytes and I use Turnado, Thesys, Egoist, Cyclop and Effectrix on a regular basis in my iOS music making (and on the desktop!). Unique is another great addition to the line-up and, while I'm sure I own way more synth apps that I will ever need, at App Store pricing that's not such a difficult temptation to give in … [Read more...]

Tonebridge review – practice tool with instant guitar tones and an AU twist

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article in the 'less is more' series looking at whether Audio Units (AU) plugin support under iOS was far enough along its development path to be considered as all you might need. I put together my personal set of AU host (Cubasis in my case) plus a small selection of AU plugins - synths, drums, effects, etc. - that could form the basis of my iOS music making workflow. My conclusions - perhaps not surprising at this point in time - was that AU was nearly … [Read more...]

Replicant 2 review – Audio Damage get creative with delay for their latest iOS AU port

Audio Damage are clearly on an iOS music app mission; Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2 and Dubstation 2 have all appeared in very quick succession. Time for a short break over the summer? Er....  it doesn't look like it.... a further app appeared on the App Store yesterday.... This time we have a port of Replicant 2, their desktop plugin that is perhaps most easily described as a sort of 'creative delay/stutter' effect. As before, the iOS version apparently brings exactly the same … [Read more...]

Cubase iC Pro update – Steinberg update their iOS remote control app for Cubase

As regular readers here will be aware, while I'm a huge fan of iOS-based music technology, I do also run a desktop-based music production system. In my case, that's built around Steinberg's Cubase DAW/sequencer (hence my preference for Cubasis under iOS). With quite so many years on my personal Cubase clock, I'm unlikely to be changing tack anytime soon but, having used a number of the obvious competitors, I have to say that it is now quite difficult to find a 'bad' DAW/sequencer whether you are … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets new features

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you will be well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. As I mentioned back in February, the app recently underwent a significant update to v.2.0.  Having added support for using drum samples (via an IAP) in v.1.9, v.2.0 added Ableton Live Set Export features, re-vamped the sample import process and made further sample-based kits available via the in-app store. Oliver is, however, one of the more … [Read more...]