Troublemaker updated – Bram Bos tweaks his 303 inspired AU-ready iOS synth app

As I mentioned last week in doing a full review, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and I think this might already be a strong contender for my 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' selection (and, if it's not, then we are in for a heck of a year!). Bram is building an impressive collection of iOS music apps. I reviewed his … [Read more...]

Sensual Sax review – Embertone port their sensual sax to iOS

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Embertone - with collaboration from Blue Mangoo (a developer well know to iOS musicians through their iFretless apps) - have released a new virtual saxophone instrument for iOS. Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge. Sensual Sax is a sample-based virtual instrument any is launched at a fairly modest UK£3.99/US$4.99 price point. Embertone's background is in desktop virtual instruments and they have a line of … [Read more...]

Troublemaker review – Bram Bos delivers a dose of 303 inspired trouble in an iOS AU-ready app

As I mentioned yesterday, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. I’ll come back to that issue later but, as the app is a synth that attempts to capture the essence of Roland’s famous (infamous?) TB-303 hardware ‘bass’ synth – the synth that perhaps launched the whole ‘Acid’ music genre on its own – then Troublemaker is bound to make a lot of iOS … [Read more...]

Sensual Sax launched – Embertone deliver some smooth sax tones in an iOS app with AU support

Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge. On the desktop, that process is made easier (from a technical perspective at least) by using multiple samples to simulate changes in tone with the dynamics of the performance and for different performance articulations (long nots, short notes, bends, vibrato, slides, etc. depending upon the instrument being emulated). For iOS, however, multi-GB sample libraries are more difficult to justify given the restricted … [Read more...]

Troublemaker launched – Bram Bos delivers 303 attitude in an AU-friendly app for iOS

I reviewed Bram Bos' Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just after it was released. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. If you liked Pahsemaker (and Bram's two AU drum synths Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM) then I suspect you might also like his follow up to Phasemaker; Troublemaker hit the App Store today. Indeed, I suspect Troublemaker might bring in a … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos tweaks his AU-friendly FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just after it was released. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist in the original release was that the app supports the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app, via Audiobus or IAA (the later two added in a subsequent update). While … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos adds Audiobus support to his FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just a few weeks ago. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist in the original release was that the app supports the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app...  but it did not include Audiobus or IAA technologies. This is an approach I … [Read more...]

AD 480 Reverb update – high-quality iOS reverb effect app from Fiedler Audio gets updated

I posted a review of the rather excellent AD 480 iOS music app from Fiedler Audio some time ago. AD 480 provides a high-quality reverb effect, with plenty of controls to shape your virtual space, a good set of presets in the 'pro' version, and both Audiobus and IAA support. However, the really novel feature is something that Fiedler Audio refer to as ‘dynamic upgrade’. Simply put, the app is provided in three versions; free, basic and pro (priced at ‘free (surprise!), UK£2.99/US$3.99 and … [Read more...]

MiMix update – TTrGames tweak their Audiobus mixer utility app for iOS10

I have to admit that, on first release, MiMix, from developer TTrGames, passed me by. However, with v.2.0 arriving on the App Store a few months ago, and a somewhat harder promotional push by the development team, it certainly felt like a good time for me to play ‘catch up’ and give the app a full review which I did a little while ago. MiMix has a tag line of ‘Mixer for Audiobus’ and this pretty much sums up its key function; whatever apps you have sitting within your Audiobus setup (up to a … [Read more...]