Ruismaker update – both of Bram Bos’ iOS AUi plugin drum machines go to v.2.0

It's almost exactly a year since Bram Bos launched both Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM, his two iOS drum apps that are delivered in an AU plugin format. Both are interesting not because they feature some uber-complex and sophisticated drum programming options but perhaps because they are designed to be the opposite of that; drum synths that are easy to program, have modest demands on the iOS hardware host and very easy to get to grips with. And Bram has not let the grass grow under his feet; … [Read more...]

MultitrackStudio for iPad update – Giel Bremmers iOS recording app gets some tweaks

As I posted back in September last year, MultitrackStudio for iPad by Giel Bremmers was the first iOS DAW/sequencer app to get support for hosting Apple's new Audio Unit (AU) plugin format for iOS. And, while MultitrackStudio perhaps doesn't have the profile of the likes of GarageBand, Auria Pro or Cubasis, it is a very solid and well-featured audio+MIDI recoding package and it was great to see Giel being so quick off the mark to support the new plugin format. Anyway, AU - both in terms of … [Read more...]

BeatMaker 3 updated – first significant update to v.3 of Intua’s iOS DAW/sequencer

Intua's BeatMaker has been around on the App Store in one form or another for a very long time. BeatMaker 2, despite its name, is a full-fledged music production environment and I reviewed the app a few years ago here on the blog. However, the long-awaited update to BeatMaker 3 took place a few weeks ago and delivered a major overhaul and some significant new features. BeatMaker 3 is a pretty deep app - but, along with some familiar features and elements to the UI, there are also many new … [Read more...]

Pumphouse review – Audio Damage offer side-chain compression without the need for a side-chain

As I've posted over the last few weeks, Audio Damage are a developer on an iOS mission, with several new releases, many of which are based upon ports of their highly-regarded desktop plugins. As well as the recent Phosphor 2 synth release, we have also seen Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, FuzzPlus 3, QuatroMod and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. And there is no sign of any let up as we now have the release of a further new iOS app; Pumphouse. If the title … [Read more...]

FAC Chorus giveaway results – 10 winners of classy iOS AU chorus app

FAC Chorus arrived on the App Store a few of weeks ago and it finally bubbled to the top of my 'to do' list when I took an overdue look at the app. In terms of basics, the app is universal, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is a modest 19MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£2.99/US$2.99; very much in the casual purchase price range. What's perhaps less modest is the feature set. As shown in the screenshots, the app offers a rather nice 'studio rack' graphical look and, thankfully, … [Read more...]

QuatroMod review – Audio Damage add modulation effects to their iOS AU collection

As I've posted over the last few weeks, Audio Damage are a developer on an iOS mission, with several new releases, many of which are based upon ports of their highly-regarded desktop plugins. As well as the recent Phosphor 2 synth release, we have also seen Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, FuzzPlus 3 and Replicant 2, all within the last few weeks. And there is no sign of any let up as today sees the release of a further new iOS app; QuatroMod. As the title suggests, this … [Read more...]

FAC Chorus giveaway – 10 copies of classy iOS AU chorus app to be won

FAC Chorus arrived on the App Store a few of weeks ago but received it's first major update about a week or so ago and this was what finally nudged me into taking an overdue look at the app. In terms of basics, the app is universal, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is a modest 19MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£2.99/US$2.99; very much in the casual purchase price range. What's perhaps less modest is the feature set. As shown in the screenshots, the app offers a rather nice … [Read more...]

n-Track Pro updated – n-Track Software’s multi-platform DAW/sequencer gets some tweaks

As regular readers here will be aware, my own use for iOS music technology is focused more on music composition and/or music recording than live performance. And, while I'm a self-confessed Cubasis fan (and a Cubase user on the desktop), iOS has a number of really good options when it comes to DAW/sequencers. One of these is n-Track which I reviewed on the blog some time ago. n-Track actually exists on the desktop (Windows and OSX), iOS and Android. This multi-platform approach might well … [Read more...]

Bark Filter review – VirSyn add a powerful multi-band compressor to their iOS music app catalogue

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 few years or so. VirSyn newest addition to this … [Read more...]