Saffron Saturator update – the ‘flora’ project iOS music apps start to go AU

Back in 2015, developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews released a series of iOS audio effects apps with a naming convention based on a floral theme. No, I've no idea what the whole floral theme is about either but the apps - Cactus Chorus, Phlox Phaser, Buttercup Bitcrush, Dahlia Delay and Saffron Saturator - all followed a similar format; all supported Audiobus and IAA, all offered very simple user interfaces and all were available at a budget price (even for the App Store). I've … [Read more...]

Baervaag review – Klevgränd add an FM synth to their iOS AU instruments 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 and Pads. 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 hugely impressed with the … [Read more...]

NoLimits review – smooth sounding AU format iOS limiter from DDMF

We do seem to be seeing a somewhat greater level of activity in terms of AU support over the last couple of months. This is great to see and, hopefully, it is progress that will continue. As I mentioned on Friday, DDMF - who develop audio plugins for desktop-based musicians - have added a further app to their range of iOS-based audio processors. In this case, it is their limiter processor called NoLimits. This is really designed as a 'mastering' limiter - to be used as the last processor on … [Read more...]

NoLimits launched – AU format iOS limiter launched by DDMF

A little while ago, I posted a reviews of the new(ish) 6144 EQ and Envelope Reverb iOS audio effects apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. 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 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 Neve … [Read more...]

Baervaag launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU instruments collection with an FM synth

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 and Pads. 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 hugely impressed with the … [Read more...]

midiSTEPs update – beautifully designed four-part iOS MIDI sequencer from Art Kerns gets further new features

I reviewed midiSTEPs on the blog just after it was released. There is some considerable iOS pedigree behind midiSTEPs as the developer is Art Kerns who will be well known to regular iOS musicians through apps such as midiLFOs and Funkbox, both of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. MidiSTEPs, at one level, is a fairly conventional step-based pattern sequencer with patterns featuring up to 64 steps (with control over step-length relative to the musical grid) and you can … [Read more...]

Addictive Pro updated – VirSyn add Audio Unit support their latest iOS synth app

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 the brilliant ReSlice, for example - I've reviewed here previously on the Music App Blog. I reviewed what is now perhaps their flagship iOS synth - Addictive Pro - just afetr it was released in September. … [Read more...]

ReSlice giveaway results – 3 winners of VirSyn’s new audio slicer instrument

As I posted a week or so ago, VirSyn's most recent addition to their iOS music app line up - the brilliant ReSlice - has already been updated bringing some fixes and some significant new features....  impressive progress given just how recently the app launched and makes an already excellent app even better. As the name might suggest, this is an app for 'slicing' your audio samples and, as I outlined in the full ReSlice review a posted a few days after launch, this is a seriously creative … [Read more...]

Envelope Reverb update – tweaks for AU format iOS reverb effect from DDMF

A little while ago, I posted a reviews of the new(ish) 6144 EQ and Envelope Reverb iOS audio effects apps from DDMF and developer Christian Siedschlag. 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 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 Neve … [Read more...]