Drum Session updated – excellent iOS virtual drummer gets pattern sharing feature

If you want the sound of acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we have a number of possible iOS music apps. This list of the most obvious candidates includes the excellent Drum Session, a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame). While Drum Session is not quite 'EZ Drummer in an app', it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration....  which is certainly … [Read more...]

FunkBox updated – Synthetic Bits bring their classic iOS drum machine up to date

I must admit to a bit of a soft spot for FunkBox. It was one of the first drum machine apps I explored on my iPhone (and then iPad) and I rather like the disco-friendly, retro styling; this definitely has a classic drum machine vibe. It also sounds the part with a solid selection of classic drum sounds available in a good number of preset kits. The pattern-based editing is simple yet flexible and there are some nice performance options that make pattern creation a pretty painless affair. It … [Read more...]

BeatHawk giveaway results – one lucky winner of a full bundle of app and all IAP sample content

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...]

BeatHawk giveaway – 1 full bundle – app and all IAP sample content – to be won

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...]

Poseidon update – VirSyn’s ocean of sound gets Ableton Link – and 40% OFF SALE pricing

VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app. Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last four years or so including the impressive Poseidon. … [Read more...]

Drum Session updated – excellent iOS virtual drummer gets Ableton Link support

If you want the sound of acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we have a number of possible iOS music apps. This list of the most obvious candidates includes the excellent Drum Session, a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame). While Drum Session is not quite 'EZ Drummer in an app', it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration....  which is certainly … [Read more...]

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...]