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...]

ChordFlow updated – iOS MIDI chord sequencer app gets workflow refinements

I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at the various ‘MIDI performance’ apps available for iOS. A couple of apps that have appeared since that article are ChordUp and Clawtar, both from developer Dmitry Klochkov. Both bring a slightly different take on the whole MIDI note creation process and I'm sure many iOS musicians could find a use for either app amongst their utility apps. Both are also available for pocket money prices. Dmitry's most recent … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent AU iOS synth gets some tweaks

I reviewed Poison-202 from JimAudio soon after it was released. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk amongst others. The app arrived with universal support, IAA and MIDI included (although the latter was perhaps not as fully-featured as on some iOS synth apps) and AU support was added in v.1.1 which appeared about a … [Read more...]

SynthScaper giveaway results – 5 winners of Igor Vasiliev’s 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 giveaway results – two winners of Living Memory Software’s mega multi-timbral synth

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...]

Groovebox updated – all-in-one EDM music app gets song building features

Novation spin off Amify have a good crop of iOS music apps including the excellent Blocs Wave, Launchpad and, added more recently, Groovebox. The latter has been around for just a few months and provides an EDM music production platform that combines a drum machine and synth engines into an all-in-one music production environment. It is also a free download - so you can try before you buy - and with an IAP-based model for unlocking more advanced features if you think the app is for you once you … [Read more...]

Soft Drummer updated – Luis Martinez takes his excellent iOS drum app to v.2.0

Luis Martinez has a series of ‘drum’ apps that sort of sit between the ‘virtual drummer’ and sample-based drum machines and, in many ways, offer something that is a bit of the best of both. I’ve reviewed Rock Drum Machine, Rock Drum Machine 3, Brazilian Drum Machine, Funk Drummer, Future Drummer and Afro Latin Drum Machine previously. A further option is Soft Drummer and I reviewed this just after it was released a little over a year ago. And before the 'soft' title gets you thinking wimpy … [Read more...]

AUM update – Jonatan Liljedahl’s brilliant iOS audio mixer app gets some iOS11 tweaks

There are some developers that qualify for almost universal hero worship amongst the iOS music making community and Jonatan Liljedahl is one of those. So, whether it is the ubiquitous utility app AudioShare, the truly inspiring (and sometimes mind bending) electronic rhythm/groove app Sector, or the minimalist audio effects of the AUFX series, Jonatan creates brilliant apps that almost any iOS musician would want to own. And, with perhaps his flagship iOS music app – AUM - he did it again; … [Read more...]

AudioShare update – iOS audio document manager gets new iOS11 features

Jonatan Liljedahl will be well know to almost every iOS musician through his brilliant AUM audio mixer/router app...  although there is also the long-standing AUFX series audio effects apps (and that would be great to see appear as AU effects at some stage?). Of course, he has also given up  his AudioShare utility app. I've never got around to doing a full review of AudioShare here on the blog, but it is the kind of tool that an iOS musician doesn't realises how useful it is to have around until … [Read more...]