Ruismaker update – both of Bram Bos’ iOS AUi plugin drum machines go to v.2.0

It's almost exactly a year since Bram Bos launched both Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM, his two iOS drum apps that are delivered in an AU plugin format. Both are interesting not because they feature some uber-complex and sophisticated drum programming options but perhaps because they are designed to be the opposite of that; drum synths that are easy to program, have modest demands on the iOS hardware host and very easy to get to grips with. And Bram has not let the grass grow under his feet; … [Read more...]

NFM review – new iOS FM synth app with AU support from NS1 developer

I reviewed Nikolozi Meladze’s NS1 synth back in February of 2016 as it was released. NS1 was (still is; it's been regularly updated since launch) a very solid virtual analog synth instrument with some very cool sounds and, while programmable by the user, the control set was not so complex that synth newbies would find it too intimidating. Of course, the other key element for NS1 which, at the time it was launched, was novel was that it was designed with AU support from the ground up. Indeed, … [Read more...]

Jubal Flute review – Embertone port their beautiful virtual wooden flute instrument to iOS

As I reported a few months ago, Embertone - with collaboration from Blue Mangoo (a developer well know to iOS musicians through their iFretless apps) - released a  virtual saxophone instrument for iOS - Sensual Sax - as a port of one of their desktop virtual instrument products. Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge but, within some stylistic limits, Sensual Sax does a great job and can be used to create some very authentic sounding … [Read more...]

Bram Bos updates – Troublemaker, Ripplemaker and Phasemaker all updated

I reviewed all of Bram Bos' various iOS music apps here on the blog including Troublemaker, Ripplemaker and Phasemaker. They are all very good indeed, but the first two on this list are something special. I suspect both will make my 'top 10 of 2017' list when the time rolls around. Anyway, all three apps received similar updates on the App Store late yesterday. As well as 'minor housekeeping', the key change listed is 'optimisations for use with BeatMaker 3'. I suspect this is mostly involved … [Read more...]

Ravenscroft 275 Piano updated – UVI refine the performance of their excellent iOS piano instrument

I posted a full review of UVI's Ravenscroft 275 Piano app just after it was launched. The app has caused a bit of a stir amongst iOS piano players and many folk think the sound and dynamic response of Ravenscroft make it the best acoustic piano app we currently have. The virtual instrument is obviously intended to be a recreation of the high regarded (and very expensive) Ravenscroft 275 grand piano which – if you are into hardware acoustic pianos – comes with a specification to die for. UVI … [Read more...]

Ripplemaker giveaway results – five winners of brilliant AU modular iOS synth

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]