Aleksander Mlazev AU effects review – Harmonizer, Warm Distortion and Resonator for iOS in AU format

Aleksandar Mlazev has a number of iOS music apps available on the App Store but, as yet, I don't think I've actually reviewed any of them here on the Music App Blog. Given that is has launched three new AU-based effects apps within the last few weeks, however, I thought I'd better do something about it. So, if you are, like me, doing your best to embrace the world of AU plugins under iOS, how do you fancy three new, budget-priced, AU audio effects processors to expand your collection? AU for … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent iOS synth moves to v.2.0

I reviewed Poison-202 from JimAudio soon after it was released. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk amongst others. The app arrived with universal support, IAA and MIDI included (although the latter was perhaps not as fully-featured as on some iOS synth apps) and AU support was added in v.1.1 which appeared in … [Read more...]

midiFILTr-PG launched – interesting iOS MIDI ‘randomiser’ from Art Kerns

Art Kerns will be well known to regular iOS music apps users through his excellent midiSTEPs, midiLFOs and Funkbox, all of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. Art has a couple of other iOS music apps on the App Store in what's becoming a bit of a series - the mididFILTr apps - thet first two of which were aimed at Volca FM and Volca sample users. However, a third app in this series has arrived on the App Store today - midiFILTr-PG - and this might have a somewhat … [Read more...]

ReSlice updated – brilliant iOS audio slicer instrument gets tweaks and SALE pricing

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist and AudioEffx, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. However, I think they hit the ball out the park with their recent offering - ReSlice - and I was hugely impressed with the app … [Read more...]

GarageBand update – Apple bring ‘free’ status to their iOS DAW/sequencer

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]

Flora Series giveaway results – three winners of bundles of the ‘flora’ iOS audio effect apps

As I've posted over the last few weeks, all of the 'Flora Series' apps from Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews have been updated to a v.2.0 status, with the highlight new feature being support for the AUv.3 plugin format. This whole series of apps are absolutely ideal for the AU format; each does a single, simple, job, they come with a compact set of controls and, even by iOS standards, they are available at a bargain price of just UK£1.99/US$1.99 each. If you regularly use a suitable AU … [Read more...]

Flora Series giveaway – three bundles of the ‘flora’ iOS audio effect apps to be won

As I've posted over the last few weeks, all of the 'Flora Series' apps from Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews have been updated to a v.2.0 status, with the highlight new feature being support for the AUv.3 plugin format. This whole series of apps are absolutely ideal for the AU format; each does a single, simple, job, they come with a compact set of controls and, even by iOS standards, they are available at a bargain price of just UK£1.99/US$1.99 each. If you regularly use a suitable AU … [Read more...]

Modstep updated – AppBC bring further tweaks to their iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

Regular iOS music makers will be familiar with AppBC as the developer behind Studiomux and Modstep apps. I did a full review of Modstep just after it was launched and the feature set is impressive. You can use unlimited MIDI tracks and there is support for multiple MIDI continuous controllers on each MIDI track so you can modulate your sound sources to keep your sounds changing, etc. The first significant update added Audio Units (AU) support which was great to see. It's only a few weeks … [Read more...]

BandShift released – VirSyn add a filter/frequency shifter effect to their iOS music app line-up

VirSyn are one of the software developers that have fully embraced the iOS platform. They have gradually developed a very impressive catalogue of iOS music apps many or which - Tera Synth, microTERA, Harmony Voice, Addictive Synth, Tap Delay, Emo Chorus, Posiedon Synth, Voxsyn, Arpeggist, AudioEffx and, most recently, the brilliant ReSlice, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. And they show no signs of slowing things down as we now have yet another new arrival; … [Read more...]