Drum Session updated – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo add new features to their iOS drum app

We are blessed with some excellent iOS drum app whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more.. well...  And, if it's acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we got a new contender recently to sit alongside the excellent DrumPerfect Pro. Yes, Drum Session  - a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame)  - has the ubiquitous desktop … [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...]

Drum Session review – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo collaborate on new iOS drum app

We are blessed with some excellent iOS drum apps whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more… well…  electronic music styles. Personally, I think the latter of these two categories is brilliantly served with apps that are just as good as the options available on the desktop. However, when it comes to the former, then virtual drummer software such as Toontrack’s Superior Drummer (or the entry-level version EZ Drummer) or BFD from FXpansion … [Read more...]

Drum Session giveaway results – three winners of new iOS drum

As I posted a week or so ago, we have a new 'virtual drummer' app on the App Store; Drum Session. The app represents a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame) and has been known to been in development for some time. And, if you have followed any of the online discussion around the app, you will have read that EZ Drummer was, in broad terms at least, the sort of ethos behind Drum Session. That's not to say that Drum Session is … [Read more...]

iFretless Guitar updated – Blue Mangoo add iOS9 support

I've reviewed iFretless Bass, iFretless Brass and iFretless Sax from Blue Mangoo on the Music App Blog previously. All three are excellent iOS music apps and the playing interface provides plenty of expressive possibilities. However, I've never got around to reviewing the other iFretless app - iFretless Guitar - other than a brief mention in my iOS virtual instrument roundup article. For iFretless Guitar, you can pretty much take as read the comments made for iFretless Bass and iFretless Sax … [Read more...]

iFretless Brass update – Blue Mangoo’s iOS brass app gets some tweaks

I posted a full review of Blue Mangoo's excellent iFretless Brass iOS music app when it was first released back in October 2014. If you need some high-quality traditional brass sounds in your iOS music productions, then this is a pretty good way to get them. Like the equally excellent iFretless Bass, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Sax iOS music apps, iFretless Brass combines a guitar-like performance surface that allows you to add various types of performance expression (particularly slides … [Read more...]

iFretless Brass update – Blue Mangoo’s iOS brass app gets tweaks and new sounds

I posted a full review of Blue Mangoo's excellent iFretless Brass iOS music app when it was first released back in October 2014. If you need some high-quality traditional brass sounds in your iOS music productions, then this is a pretty good way to get them. Like the equally excellent iFretless Bass, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Sax iOS music apps, iFretless Brass combines a guitar-like performance surface that allows you to add various types of performance expression (particularly slides … [Read more...]

iFretless updates – preset-saving features added to Blue Mangoo’s virtual instruments

If you are not familiar with the iFretless series of apps... well... er...  you probably should be. iFretless Bass is something of an iOS music app classic while iFretless Sax, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Brass take the key elements of the same excellent touchscreen performance interface and provide some of the most playable and expressive sample-based virtual instruments that are currently available for iOS. All of the apps include MIDI, IAA and Audiobus support, are universal and will … [Read more...]

iFretless Brass giveaway results – one winner of Blue Mangoo’s latest release

I posted a full review of Blue Mangoo's excellent iFretless Brass iOS music app yesterday. If you need some high-quality traditional brass sounds in your iOS music productions, then this is a pretty good way to get them. Like the equally excellent iFretless Bass, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Sax iOS music apps, iFretless Brass combines a guitar-like performance surface that allows you to add various types of performance expression (particularly slides and vibrato) and a very respectable set … [Read more...]