Odessa launched – Bram Bos breaks new ground with AU MIDI tools

In the UK, there is a cliche about public transport buses that you wait for ages and nothing comes...  but then two arrive together. It feels the same with apps - and hence posts on the blog while it is in 'hibernation mode' because, alongside the interesting Kauldron synth from Yonac that was launched yesterday, Bram Bos' new Odessa Sequencer Suite app also arrived on the Store. I reviewed all of Bram Bos' various iOS music apps here on the blog including Troublemaker, Ripplemaker, Ruismaker … [Read more...]

Kauldron launched – Yonac pack a punch with their new iOS synth app – and at a bargain price

As regulars here will be well aware, I've recently taken the decision to cut back on my posting here on the Music App Blog in order to focus my time on some music production work that's come my way. However, I did suggest I might post occasionally when something caught my attention..... Well, something has....  the arrival of the new - and highly anticipated - synth app from Yonac; Kauldron. I've reviewed a number of Yonac's iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog over the years including … [Read more...]

BeatHawk update – UVI brings some fine-tuning to 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 and  I was hugely impressed with the app. I was even more impressed when UVI took the app to v.2.0 back in March and added a whole range of new features and refinements. This included iPhone support, a piano roll MIDI editor, Ableton Link and support for the app to work as an AU plugin. Yes, there are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus gets AUv3 fine-tuning

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus 3 supports Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making … [Read more...]

DDMF updates – iOS11 tweaks for AU format iOS reverb and EQ effects from DDMF

I posted a reviews of both 6144 EQ and Envelope Reverb iOS audio effects apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag when they were first released. Both of these are very capable audio processors in their own right but, given the desire from many iOS musicians to see the AU plugin format really take hold, the fact that both were launched AU-only plugins was also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded Neve 5033 … [Read more...]

MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments tweaks to their mic simulation app for iOS11

A few years ago, I reviewed what I think was the first example of microphone modelling technology for iOS; MicSwap from developer Future Moments. MicSwap is a universal app and is supplied in two forms; a free version (with some feature restrictions) and a ‘Pro’ version (with all features unlocked; currently UK£19.99/US$19.99). The app works with iOS9.3 or later and is a 153MB download. The app simulates a number of different microphone types and these are depicted in some fairly obvious … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent AU iOS synth gets some tweaks

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 about a … [Read more...]

Brusfri launched – Klevgränd add a noise reduction tool to their iOS music app collection

I've reviewed a number of iOS music apps from Klevgränd Produktion here on the blog over the last year or two - Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb, Enkl, Weeel, Korvpressor, PressIt,  Esspresso, Jussi, Haaze, Pads and Baervvag amongst others. A number of these are also available in an AU plugin format for these working on an OSX desktop system and Klevgränd took a pretty bold step a few months ago when the also added AU support under iOS; it was great to see... and, in every case, I've been … [Read more...]

Axon 2 released – Audio Damage add an AI drum synth to their iOS app catalogue

Audio Damage appear to be on a mission when it comes to iOS music apps at present. I've reviewed Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, Eos 2, Dubstation 2, Replicant 2 and Phosphor 2 (for example) all within the last few months. However, things don't seem to be slowing down just yet as now we have the release of Axon 2. Phosphor 2 is Audio Damage's first iOS synth offering. The new release is also an instrument expect, this time around, we have a drum synth. Again, it is a port of a desktop … [Read more...]