Fugue Machine update – new MIDI features for brilliant iOS sequencer concept from Alexandernaut

I reviewed the rather wonderful Fugue Machine from developer Alexandernaut when it was launched back in October 2015. The app has gained a dedicated following amongst iOS musicians, especially if you like to be occasionally surprised and delighted by the compositional assistance your apps can offer. The app is something familiar – in this case, a fairly simple piano-roll-based MIDI sequencer – but delivered with a considerable twist; multiple playheads. If you have not yet seen the app in … [Read more...]

Arpeggionome Pro update – iOS arpeggio tool from Alexandernaut gets Ableton Link support

Arpeggionome Pro has been around on the iTunes App Store for quite some time (v.1 was released in December 2012) and I finally got around to a full review of the app in September 2014 (my bad!). As regular readers here will know, my keyboard playing sucks (also my bad) so I'm quite fond of the occasional helping hand that an arpeggiator function can provide. We have lots of synths with dedicated arp functions and also a couple of stand-alone arpeggiator apps (Arpeggist from VirSyn for … [Read more...]

BeatHawk v.2.0 review – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of their flagship iOS music app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s classic synth emulation gets some tweaks

No, I still don't really understand how to design sounds with it but apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969 - iVSC3 - does sound fabulous. That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the iVCS3 and embraced what it has to offer in more greater detail than I have (or will ever be able to). If you are a fan of classic synths, but don't have the budget to buy the hardware, software emulations like this are as close as you are … [Read more...]

BeatHawk update – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of their beat making app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

Triqtraq update – Zaplin add Audiobus 3 support to their pocket-sized electronic music app

One of the first apps I reviewed here on the Music App Blog back in mid-2012 was the rather wonderful Triqtraq by Zaplin Music. Not long before looking at triqtraq, I'd also reviewed Propellerhead's Figure. I suspect Figure is an app the almost every long-standing iOS musician has experienced and, what it lacks in sophisticated features, it more than makes up for in the fun it provides. However, if you are a fan of Figure, then I suspect you would also like Triqtraq. While the two apps … [Read more...]

KRFT updated – Studio Amplify add Ableton Link 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...]

Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co tweak their Ableton Live export in 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 toped 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 to … [Read more...]

Cube Synth updated – VirSyn ‘add’ to their additive iOS synth app

I reviewed VirSyn's interesting Cube Synth way back in October 2013 soon after it was first released. The additive synth engine undoubtedly gives it a distinct ‘voice’ when compared to many of the subtractive-based synths that dominate the virtual synth world (including iOS). On these grounds alone, many long-standing iOS synth heads probably added Cube Synth to their app collection. However, while Cube Synth saw a number of updates during the first 12 months or so after release, the most … [Read more...]