Ripplemaker review – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned when reviewing Troublemaker from Bram Bos in early January, that app is already a favourite for inclusion in my ‘top 10 iOS music apps of 2017’ when I get to mull over that annual thought process in a few months time. Troublemaker is an absolute triumph on a number of levels. The control set is deep enough to coax a variety of sounds from the synth engine but without putting off the less well qualified synth dabblers, the pattern sequencer is genius in design, the app runs as an … [Read more...]

Grind Distortion released – Audio Damage keep the iOS AU ports coming

I reviewed Audio Damage's Rough Rider 2 a few days ago here on the Music App Blog. Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years but Rough Rider 2 marked their first toe into iOS waters....  and the app arrived as a free download, offering a rather nice compressor in an AU-friendly format. Win, win, but also obviously a taster for what is about to come.... .... which is, I think, ports of other items in the Audio Damage desktop plugin range … [Read more...]

Rough Rider 2 review – Audio Damage port their desktop compressor plugin to iOS

I've reviewed a number of compressor and limiter style iOS effects apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While there perhaps still isn't the plethora of choice desktop music makers might have available, we do have some good options and, thankfully, these include a number of apps that support the AU plugin format. And we now have another one....  and this addition is quite interesting on a number of counts. First, Rough Rider 2 is from Audio Damage and it represents the … [Read more...]

Ripplemaker launched – Bram Bos adds AU modular iOS synth to his app catalogue

As I mentioned early today, one of my favourite 'new for 2017' iOS music apps - Troublemaker - received an update today. No sooner had I pressed 'publish' on that news item than an email appeared in my inbox from developer Bram Bos with details of another app that is released today.....  Ripplemaker hit the App Store this morning. Ripplemaker is described as a 'West Coast Flavoured Modular Synth' and, if you are familiar with Troublemaker then there are plenty of elements in the new app that … [Read more...]

Troublemaker updated – Bram Bos adds Audiobus 3 support to his 303 inspired AU iOS synth

As I mentioned back in January when doing a full review, Bram Bos latest iOS music app is Troublemaker and, as the name suggests, this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and it has already gained a very enthusiastic audience....  I think it's a shoe-in for my own 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' list when the time rolls around.... Anyway, if you have not already, do read the full Troublemaker review for the details...  but the app has already had a … [Read more...]

NYCompressor review – AU compressor added to DDMF’s iOS app lineup

A little while ago, I posted reviews of the  6144 EQ, Envelope Reverb and Nolimits iOS audio effects/processor apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. All 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 they are also available as AU plugins only is also of considerable interest. 6144 EQ is a AU-only format equaliser plugin whose inspiration was the highly regarded … [Read more...]

Harmony Eight launched – VirSyn add 8 voice pitch-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, of course, 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...]

Laplace update – resonator synth from developer iceGear follows Redshrike

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established competition and one such synth is Laplace, a resonator-based iOS synth app that I originally reviewed back in December 2014. iceGear/iceWorks have continued to developer … [Read more...]

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...]