NYCompressor review – AU compressor added to DDMF’s iOS app lineup

A little while ago, I posted reviews of the  6144 EQ, Envelope Reverb and Nolimits iOS audio effects/processor apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. All 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 they are also available as AU plugins only is also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded … [Read more...]

Groovebox launched – new all-in-one EDM music app from team behind Launchpad and Blocs Wave

Since launched, Novation'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. The team behind Blocs Wave - a Novation-based team that went under the banner of Blocs - rapidly developed the Blocs Wave concept further and a number of updates have added a whole host of new features, Ableton Link support, new export … [Read more...]

Harmony Eight launched – VirSyn add 8 voice pitch-shifter effect to their iOS music app line-up

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. And they show no signs of slowing things down as we now have yet another new arrival; … [Read more...]

Laplace update – resonator synth from developer iceGear follows Redshrike

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established competition and one such synth is Laplace, a resonator-based iOS synth app that I originally reviewed back in December 2014. iceGear/iceWorks have continued to developer … [Read more...]

ScalePlay update – RoGame add Ableton Link to their educational/generative iOS music app

I reviewed ScalePlay back in August 2016 and was happy to give a warm 'thumbs up' to RoGame and Arthur Roolfs for creating an interesting iOS music app that offers three distinct functions. First, it could be seen as a tool for musical education where, if you happen to play guitar, bass, violin, banjo, cello, double bass, mandolin, piano or viola, ScalePlay can help you develop some personalised scale-based exercises that would, with practice, undoubtedly improve your command of your … [Read more...]

RP-1 and RF-1 updates – further tweaks for AU-friendly iOS delay and reverb apps

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. RF-1 As well as launching with Audiobus and IAA support, … [Read more...]

Mood launched – apeSoft offer a fresh slice of their characteristic madness with new iOS synth

Unless you are very new to the world of iOS music apps, the odds are you already have a collection of synth apps that is more than sufficient for your needs (yep, me too). Unfortunately, for us self-confessed app addicts, developers are still keen to put temptation in front of us....  and the latest iOS synth offering is Mood from popular - if always somewhat left-of-centre - developer apeSoft. I've given quite a bit of coverage to apeSoft's iOS music app collection here on the blog over the … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify add MIDI support their latest iOS music app

I played a bit of 'review catch-up' when I posted a review of KRFT from Studio Amplify a few weeks ago here on the Music App Blog. Studio Amplify have a couple of other iOS musics in their catalogue and that I've looked at previously here on the blog; Jungulator and NOIZ. Both apps were perhaps aimed as much at non-musicians as those with traditional musical skills in that they allowed you to easily create musical ideas but based upon pre-existing musical content such as loops and drum … [Read more...]

Moog updates – Audiobus 3 update for Moog Music’s classic iOS synths

We are blessed with some wonderful iOS synths apps....  and while iOS music apps have only been with us for a few years, I think there are still a number of candidates that still deserve to be given a 'classic' status. One of those is undoubtedly Moog Music's Animoog. This iOS synth is available in both iPad (UK£28.99/US$29.99) and a streamlined iPhone version (UK£5.99/US$5.99) and, as a 55MB download, would find a home on even the most highly stuffed of iOS devices. Moog have done a great … [Read more...]