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...]

Music app review – iMini by Arturia

As in the world of desktop music software, iOS now has its fair share of virtual analog synth music apps. You might, therefore, find your eyes glazing over at the launch of another bider for your bucks. However, when it comes to iMini by Arturia, I think it’s probably best to pay full attention. The company have an excellent track record in desktop music software and, with the release of the iMini app, they are trying to bring a recreation of one of the most iconic synths of all time – the 1971 … [Read more...]

Korg iPolysix synth studio – music app review

Korg have really embraced iOS as a music-making platform and music apps such as iMS-20, iKaossilator and iElectribe have been enthusiastically received by the majority of users. The latest offering is the iPolysix that, as its name suggests, is a software recreation of their hardware synth from the early 1980s. Unlike the excellent MS-20 (and the iMS-20 app) – which was monophonic – the original Polysix was polyphonic and, of course, the app reflects that. In fact, in the app recreation, you … [Read more...]

Music app review – NLogSynth Pro by Tempo Rubato

In the world of desktop music making, there is a bewildering choice when it comes to software synths. And just like their hardware equivalents, software synths come in a variety of (virtual) types; whether it’s recreations of classic analog or digital synths or novel approaches that have no equivalent outside the zeros and ones. Despite being a much younger platform, music apps aimed at iOS musicians are starting to become an equally impressive set of options. As with any other app type, … [Read more...]

Korg iMS-20 analog synth – music app review

Korg’s original hardware MS-20 was released in 1978 and, in the world of analog synthesisers, became a bit of a classic. As a two-oscillator monophonic synth, it shared some similarities with the more up-market ARP 2600 including the ability to re-patch the signal in various ways. This, along with a shed load of knobs, made for a very flexible synth that offered some excellent options for keen programmers, without being so over-the-top, that novice users would be too intimidated. With a ‘who’s … [Read more...]