FunkBox updated – Synthetic Bits bring their classic iOS drum machine up to date

I must admit to a bit of a soft spot for FunkBox. It was one of the first drum machine apps I explored on my iPhone (and then iPad) and I rather like the disco-friendly, retro styling; this definitely has a classic drum machine vibe. It also sounds the part with a solid selection of classic drum sounds available in a good number of preset kits. The pattern-based editing is simple yet flexible and there are some nice performance options that make pattern creation a pretty painless affair. It … [Read more...]

SynthMaster Player update – KV331 Audio bring Audiobus 3 support to their iOS synth preset player

I reviewed SynthMaster Player from KV331 Audio some time ago here on the Music App Blog. The SynthMaster line exists on the desktop in a plugin format and includes both the ‘Player’ version (around the US$30 mark) that is the basis for the port to iOS and the ‘full’ version that is both more expensive (starting at about US$129) but also fully programmable. The iOS ‘Player’ version is a free download as includes 100 preset sounds and you get 100 more when you register the app (done via the … [Read more...]

Midiflow Adapter launched – new Audiobus 3 MIDI compatibility utility app from Johannes Doerr

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 just after it launched. One of the key new features of Audiobus 3 is MIDI routing; as with the audio routing options that Audiobus originally made its name with, the new version also allows you to route MIDI data between sources and destinations. This is a cool new feature and I'm sure will help a lot of iOS musicians to make a little bit more sense of these 'virtual' MIDI connections. As I also mentioned in a post, a suite of 8 MIDI utility apps from … [Read more...]

Multitrack DAW update – refinements for compact iOS DAW from Harmonicdog

Multitrack DAW by Harmonicdog is a popular recording choice with lots of iOS musicians. While it is an audio-only recording environment, it does offer two advantages that appeal to users. First, Multitrack DAW is simple to use (the feature set is streamlined so you can focus on the recording process itself and not get distracted). Second, it’s a universal app that, because of its streamlined feature set (and unlike Cubasis and Auria Pro, which are only available for iPad), actually runs … [Read more...]

ToneStack updated – Yonac bring Audiobus 3 support to their iOS guitar amp sim

Developer Yonac have gained a dedicated following with their ToneStack guitar amp sim app since it first hit the iTunes App Store back in 2014. It sounds very good indeed - up there with the best of the guitar amp sim apps such as BIAS FX, AmpliTube or Mobile POD - that iOS currently has to offer. It launched with a solid set of virtual equipment, a bunch of excellent IAPs, Audiobus and IAA support and, as a universal app, this is an iOS music app that lots of iPad or iPhone wielding guitar … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 review – Audiobus team add MIDI and AU support to their classic iOS music utility app

So the wait is over and Audiobus - an iconic app that, without making any noise of its own, is perhaps one of the most important music apps in iOS music technology’s relatively short history – has reached its third iteration. If you are new to iOS-based music making, then you can be forgiven for perhaps not knowing quite what the fuss is about. However, in the days before Audio Units (AU) or Inter-App-Audio (IAA), Audiobus was the first practical solution passing audio data between your … [Read more...]

Apps update for Audiobus 3 – flurry of iOS music app updates arrive

As I posted yesterday, Audiobus 3 is now with us. We had, of course, known is was coming for a little while and a number of popular iOs music apps had already received updates over the last week weeks stating that they were 'Audiobus 3 ready'. These included Cubasis, Chordion, Triqtraq, AC Sabre and Fugue Machine, for example. And, while most of my favourite iOS music apps that I've had a chance to try with Audiobus 3 so far seem to work without problems, we are obviously going to see a lot of … [Read more...]

Midiflow apps launch – 8 new MIDI utility apps from Johannes Doerr designed for Audiobus 3

As I posted earlier today, Audiobus 3 has now launched on the App Store. One of the key new features of Audiobus 3 is MIDI routing; as with the audio routing options that Audiobus originally made its name with, the new version also allows you to route MIDI data between sources and destinations. This is a cool new feature and I'm sure will help a lot of iOS musicians to make a little bit more sense of these 'virtual' MIDI connections. Also launched today, however, is a suite of 8 MIDI utility … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 launched – iconic iOS music app moves to v.3.0

As I've posted recently, long-standing iOS music makes have been waiting with some anticipation for the the arrival of Audiobus 3. Well, the wait is now over; Audiobus 3 arrived on the App Store this morning. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version has three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus will now support … [Read more...]