SynthScaper giveaway – 5 copies of Igor Vasiliev’s excellent iOS synth-based sound design instrument to be won

I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX, Master Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. Igor's more recent release is SynthScaper. As the title suggests, this is perhaps another app aimed as much at sound designers as conventional music making. However, unlike SoundScaper and … [Read more...]

Layr giveaway – a copy of Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth app to be won

If you are an iOS music maker with a bit of a synth habit, then you will already be well aware of Living Memory's iOS mega-synth Layr. The app was widely praised on release and, I suspect, helped to ruin more than a few 'I don't need any more iOS synths' promises that folks had made to themselves. I reviewed the app when it was launched here on the Music App Blog....  and, in short, the potential is obvious and, as the demo videos suggest, this is an app can deliver some hugely impressive … [Read more...]

QuantumSequencer launched – new MIDI sequencer from Tony Saunders

Those of you who have been around the iOS music making block a few times will most likely be familiar with the app midiSequencer from developer Tony Saunders. I did a review of that app back in early 2014. Styled on the analog sequencers of old, midiSequencer provides a step-based sequencing environment, with 16-steps where you can adjust pitch, velocity, gate, MIDI channel and a couple of MIDI parameters over the 16 steps, all using some very retro-looking virtual faders. You also get tempo … [Read more...]

ThumbJam update – Sonosaurus bring their classic iOS music app up to date

There are a few iOS music apps that have a sort of 'classic' status and ThumbJam - by developer Sonosaurus - is most definitely one of them. If you are a newbie iOS musician - or maybe just never got around to giving the app a try - then you really should give it a go :-) Perhaps the thing that makes the app stand out from the iOS music app crowd is the rather wonderful way in which the playing interface has been implemented and, while the app is still a little quirky in some respects, the … [Read more...]

SynthScaper updated – Igor Vasiliev tweaks his excellent iOS synth-based sound design instrument

I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX, Master Record and SoundScaper  All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. Igor's more recent release is SynthScaper. As the title suggests, this is perhaps another app aimed as much at sound designers as conventional music making. However, unlike SoundScaper and … [Read more...]

Layr update – Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth gets fixes and features

If you are an iOS music maker with a bit of a synth habit, then you will already be well aware of Living Memory's iOS mega-synth Layr. The app was released in March and has been widely praised. I suspect is has also broken more than a few 'I don't need any more iOS synths' promises that folks had made to themselves. I reviewed the app on release here on the Music App Blog.... If you are unfamiliar with the app then do read the review as there are some underlying principles to get your head … [Read more...]

Navichord update – excellent iOS chord sequencer/MIDI controller gets song mode

I reviewed Navichord here on the Music App Blog back in September 2014. The original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – but a whole slew of updates since then have turned the app into a really good MIDI performance tool. The app has also kept up technically with new features including a chord pad system, chord presets, new internal sounds, a metronome, a sequencer for use with the chord pads, … [Read more...]

Harmony Eight updated – VirSyn’s 8 voice iOS pitch-shifter effect gets some tweaks

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist, AudioEffx and, of course, the brilliant ReSlice, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. A more recent arrival is Harmony Eight which was launched early in the summer. As the name … [Read more...]

Elastic Drums ON SALE – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app at a bargain price

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you might well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. The app was great on first launch but Oliver has released a steady stream of very useful updates since then bringing improved IAA and Audiobus support plus a number of other new features, including, universal status, Ableton Link support and a new sampler playback engine. Audiobus 3 support is also now included. Anyway, if you have not yet … [Read more...]