Bells and whistles are all very well in your software but, when a developer tries to add every conceivable feature into an application, things can get just too complicated. You end up with a maze of choices, 90% of which you might never use.
That’s not a criticism anyone is going to level at the iOS audio effects apps from developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews. I’ve looked at a number of these ‘floral series’ apps here on the blog – Phlox Phaser, Dahlia Delay, Tiger-lily Tremolo, Cactus Chorus, Saffron Saturator and Buttercup Bitcrush – and all were originally supplied with both Audiobus and IAA support… Also, for the budget conscious, all are also very much in the pocket-money price category.
However, the team are gradually moving through the full set of apps and bringing support for Audio Units v.3 (AVv.3) to their feature set. As I posted in the last couple of weeks, both Saffron Saturator and Buttercup Bitcrush have already received this treatment…. and, today, a further app – Phlox Phaser – gets the same treatment. Incidentally, the development team did add an early version of AU support to this app back in January 2016 but, perhaps because of the somewhat sketchy nature of the plugin format at that point, they didn’t pursue the development further until now. With the v.3 format of AU seemingly much more stable (and developer-friendly), thankfully, that’s now changing.
As with the other two apps, aside from AUv.3 support, this update to Phlox Phaser also brings preset saving options, performance updates, smaller download size and improved stability. All, of course, very welcome….
The streamlined interface of these apps is, of course, absolutely perfect for the AU plugin format under iOS as the modest control sets are relatively easy to accommodate even in an AU host that offers a relatively small ‘sub-window’ for the AU plugin to reside in….
Anyway, at UK£1.99/US$1.99, Phlox Phaser is an investment not to lose too much sleep over. It requires iOS9.3, is universal, and just an 8MB download. If you are happy to just expand your audio effects collection, or looking for budget, small footprint effects options, all the floral series apps are well worth a punt…. and, with full AUv.3 support, even better value than before.