Ripplemaker giveaway – five copies of brilliant AU modular iOS synth to be won

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. So, you will forgive me if I was a little excited by the arrival of Bram’s latest app – Ripplemaker – which arrived on the App Store a couple of weeks ago. Ripplemaker is described as a ‘West Coast Flavoured Modular Synth’ and....  well, I wasn't disappointed; … [Read more...]

Mersenne updated – iceWorks add AU support and sale pricing for their iOS FM synth

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 under iOS. Slightly left-of-centre options amongst this lot include the various offerings by iceWorks (iceGear) and include the likes of  Lorentz, Laplace and, more recently, Redshrike. The list also includes Mersenne which I reviewed some 15 months or so ago when it was first released. The synth engine offers two FM-based sound sources (Tone A and Tone … [Read more...]

Eos 2 released – Audio Damage keep the iOS AU ports coming

No sooner than I'd reviewed both Rough Rider 2 and Grind Distortion by Audio Damage then they release another iOS music app; Eos 2. Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years and it's great to see the software being ported over to iOS...  and they are obviously on a bit of a roll :-) Eos 2 is a further such port and, in this case, we have an algorithmic reverb. The iOS version apparently brings exactly the same features as the desktop … [Read more...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano review – UVI add to their iOS offerings with heavyweight piano instrument

Regular iOS music makers will be very familiar with the UVI brand through their excellent BeatHawk electronic music production app. While the company have a long track record in sample libraries/virtual instruments for the desktop, BeatHawk was (and still is) an impressive debut under iOS and UVI have simply added to the feature set with every update. However, as I posted a few days ago, they have now launched a new iOS app from UVI; Ravenscroft 275 Piano. While I’m not absolutely certain of … [Read more...]

Grind Distortion review – Audio Damage brings some distortion to your iOS reality

I reviewed Audio Damage's Rough Rider 2 a week or so ago here on the Music App Blog. However, as I mentioned just a couple of days ago, they have soon followed up Rough Rider 2 with Grind Distortion. There are, of course, no prizes for guessing the main purpose of this particular plugin effect app :-) Audio Damage have built quite a reputation as creators of desktop plugins over the last few years but Rough Rider 2 and Grind Distortion marked their first toe into iOS waters....  These first … [Read more...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano launched – UVI deliver an iOS piano app with a seriously good spec

Regular iOS music makers will be very familiar with the UVI brand through their excellent BeatHawk electronic music production app. While the company have a long track record in sample libraries/virtual instruments for the desktop, BeatHawk was (and still is) an impressive debut under iOS and UVI have simply added to the feature set with every update. However, today sees the launch of a new iOS app from UVI; Ravenscroft 275 Piano. Now, we already have a number of very impressive virtual piano … [Read more...]

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...]