Beatmaker 2 by Intua – music app review

Intua’s Beatmaker music app has been around for quite a while. The original version was released as an iPhone app as far back as 2008 and Beatmaker 2 first appeared in February 2011 – for both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad – and has seen regular upgrades since. In terms of music making, Beatmaker has always been designed to be a complete (stand alone?) compositional environment. The original tools consisted of sample-based drum machine and keyboard instruments, a well-specified sequencing … [Read more...]

iLectric Piano by IK Multimedia – music app review

IK Multimedia will be well known to regular iOS music app fans; they have been one of the music technology manufacturers that have most readily embraced the whole mobile computing environment as a place to make music. With a range of dedicated hardware (for example, iRig, iRig Keys, iRig Mix) and apps (Amplitube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker, DJ Rig, SampleTank, etc.). And, with a number of new products announced at the winter NAMM show back in January (including the iRig HD guitar interface), it’s a … [Read more...]

Funkbox by Synthetic Bits – music app review

My own iPad is stuffed full of some brilliant music apps. I’ve got a number of excellent synth-based apps, at least four guitar amp sims that I’m happy to employ, a selection of very useable (but quite different) DAWs and a range of utility-type apps (including Audiobus and MIDI Bridge), all of which, with a little care and attention, can be combined into a suitable music-making workflow. In terms of it being a ‘complete’ music production system then I know that, at present, it can’t compete … [Read more...]

MIDI Bridge by Audeonic – music app review

Yes, this is going to be a review of the MIDI Bridge music app but, if you have a minute to spare, then just bear with me because I think MIDI Bridge deserves a little bit of context. If you want to skip forward a few paragraphs (to ‘the virtual world’) then feel free but, if you are up for a quick bit of useful background, then just read on…. I think it is fair to say that Audiobus has caused quite a stir in the iOS music world. In providing a protocol that developers can built into their … [Read more...]