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...]

BeatHawk v.2.0 review – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of 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. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

apeFilter and apeDelay updated – apeSoft tweak AU support to their iOS effects apps

Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps. These include iDensity, Stria and iPulsaret (all UK£5.99/US$5.99) plus the rather wonderful (and, to me, quite intimidating to program!) iVCS3 synth-meets-audio effect. If you have encountered any of these apps then you will know that apeSoft don’t really do ‘conventional’. Indeed, the iVCS3 – as a virtual recreation of a classic hardware synth from days gone by – is perhaps as conventional as it gets … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s classic synth emulation gets some tweaks

No, I still don't really understand how to design sounds with it but apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969 - iVSC3 - does sound fabulous. That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the iVCS3 and embraced what it has to offer in more greater detail than I have (or will ever be able to). If you are a fan of classic synths, but don't have the budget to buy the hardware, software emulations like this are as close as you are … [Read more...]

Dahlia Delay update – streamlined iOS delay app gets AU support

I've reviewed all iOS music apps from developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews at one stage or another on the blog. Cactus Chorus and Phlox Phaser were followed up with the equally floral themed Buttercup Bitcrush soon afterwards. There is also Saffron Saturator and Dahlia Delay in the same series. The apps names give a clear indication of the effects types but don't be put off by the flora theme or the very streamlined-looking user interface; these are all apps that punch well above … [Read more...]

BeatHawk update – UVI bring significant new features in v.2.0 of their beat making app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

ReSlice launch price – grab it while you can; launch pricing ends this week-end

It's all too easy to go OTT when faced with an interesting new bit of music software and do the whole 'best thing since sliced bread' splurge of enthusiasm. On the whole, I do try my best to avoid going too far in 'hyper mode'.....  but, in the case of the very best new releases, I'm also happy to let my genuine enthusiasm come across.... And one recent release that is definitely in that particular category is VirSyn's ReSlice and I was hugely impressed with the app when I reviewed it back in … [Read more...]

FuxEQ review – Matthias Rath delivers a 7-band EQ as an iOS AU plugin

Apple’s adaptation of their Audio Unit (AU) plugin format has ben a bit of a slow burner under iOS. There have perhaps been a combination of factors that have meant progress has been slower than most iOS music makers might have liked and, while there are undoubtedly still some aspects of the AU spec that require refinement, we are now seeing a significant rise in the number of AU capable apps. The potential of the format is obvious. The plugin is hosted within your DAW/sequencer (or other AU … [Read more...]

Modstep giveaway results – five winners of AppBC’s iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

As I posted a few days ago, AppBC delivered a further update to Modstep - their fully-blown MIDI sequencer with both step sequencing and piano roll editing environments - bringing a number of maintenance-style fixes to what really is a very sophistcated sequencing platform. If your music making revolves around MIDI, rather than audio recording, then Modstep is a powerful option for sequencing on your iPad. I did a full review of Modstep just after it was launched and the feature set is … [Read more...]