Less is more; part 6 – a compact ‘AU-only’ iOS music app collection for music production

When I did my usual crystal ball gazing and ‘wish listing’ post to mark the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, I speculated – and hoped – that this year might (finally) see the Audio Units plugin format make a real impact under iOS. This wasn’t a risky prediction, nor an unusual wish, as I’m sure lots of iOS music makers would have shared both thoughts. Indeed, many would also comment ‘about time’ considering AU was first introduced by Apple in iOS9 and we are only a few months away from seeing … [Read more...]

BeatMaker 3 launched – Intua deliver long-awaited v.3 of their iOS DAW/sequencer – and on SALE

Intua's BeatMaker has been around on the App Store in one form or another for a very long time. BeatMaker 2, despite its name, is a full-fledged music production environment and I reviewed the app a few years ago here on the blog. Intua have obviously been continuing work on the app - and it has a loyal following - but they are not one of the developers that pump out regular updates. However, the app did receive regular attention to support the user base as iOS music tech itself has … [Read more...]

Lorentz updated – iceWorks add AU support to their flexible iOS synth app

I reviewed Lorentz Polyphonic Synthesizer from developer iceWorks when it was first released. There is a lot to like about this synth. It combines a very easy price (currently UK£5.99/US$5.99) with equally easy programming and still manages to sound very good indeed. It also included Audiobus and IAA support from the off, a decent MIDI specification and Ableton Link support was added in an update about 12 months ago. The further update to the app arrived on the App Store today taking the app … [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...]

GarageBand update – Apple fine-tune their iOS DAW/sequencer – and it’s still free

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]

Syndt giveaway results – five winners of Klevgränd’s new polyphonic synth

Klevgränd Produktion launched their latest iOS music app - Syndt - just a week or so ago and I did a full review of the app here on the Music App Blog. Syndt is another addition to the streamlined instrument options with their 'Kanvas' UI backdrop. It features an polyphonic synth engine and, for a Klevgränd app at least, quite a few controls that are actually spread over three (yes, three!) screens :-) As with all their recent releases, Syndt is delivered in formats for desktop (AU, VST) and … [Read more...]

Syndt giveaway – five copies of Klevgränd’s new polyphonic synth to be won

Klevgränd Produktion launched their latest iOS music app - Syndt - just a week or so ago and I did a full review of the app here on the Music App Blog. Syndt is another addition to the streamlined instrument options with their 'Kanvas' UI backdrop. It features an polyphonic synth engine and, for a Klevgränd app at least, quite a few controls that are actually spread over three (yes, three!) screens :-) As with all their recent releases, Syndt is delivered in formats for desktop (AU, VST) and … [Read more...]

Syndt review – Klevgränd add a new polyphonic synth to their ‘Kanvas’ 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...]

BeatHawk giveaway results – one lucky winner of a full bundle of app and all IAP sample content

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...]