GarageBand update – Apple bring some Alchemy to their iOS DAW/sequencer

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...]

Poison-202 giveaway results – 5 winners of excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio

As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that's well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September.....   and also made it into my personal 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2016' list a few days ago. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the … [Read more...]

Poison-202 giveaway – 5 copies of excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio to be won

As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that's well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The … [Read more...]

Heavy Brass update – Crudebyte add AU support to their brass section is an iOS music app

Crudebyte have a number of orchestral iOS music apps now available including their flagship iSymphonic Orchestra which was updated a couple of months or so ago to include support for the AUv3 plugin format (along with a further update to refine that AU support). One of their other apps is Heavy Brass, which I reviewed this time last year when it was first released. Containing a collection of quite detailed, sample-based, brass instruments and sections, this is undoubtedly a bit of a niche app … [Read more...]

Pads launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU instruments collection with a synth for pads

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 and Haaze. 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 creative … [Read more...]

iVCS3 updated – apeSoft’s emulation of classic synth does to v.2 and adds AU support

As I've mentioned before, one of the iOS synth apps that I find a bit 'scary' is apeSoft's remarkable emulation of EMS's original VSC3 hardware synth from 1969; the iVSC3. It does sound fabulous. I know this because I've used it, explored the presets and had a jolly good time doing so....  but as for then rolling my own...? Well, let's just say I'm a better guitar player than esoteric synth programmer shall we? That said, there are lots of synth-heads out there who have really taken to the … [Read more...]

Poison-202 update – excellent compact iOS synth from JimAudio gets another great update

As I tried (and probably failed) to summarise a while ago in my synth app roundup, there are a large number of very good iOS synth app available to us users. The list keeps growing as well and one recent addition that's well worth paying attention to is Poison-202 which I reviewed on the blog just after it was released in September. Poison-202 is a vintage-style iOS synth, inspired by some of the classic synths from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to the synth sounds found on tracks from The … [Read more...]

Haaze review – Klevgränd add stereo image processing to their iOS AU audio effects 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, Tines and Jussi. 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 creative … [Read more...]

Haaze launched – Klevgränd add to their iOS AU audio effects collection with stereo image processor

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 and Esspresso. 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 creative possibilities … [Read more...]