Guitar Gym updated – Leafcutter Studios expand on David Mead’s guitar workout app

Way back in the mists of Music App Blog time (OK, 2013 to be a bit more precise), I reviewed David Mead's Guitar Gym app from developer Leafcutter Studios. I can’t speak for the USA or other parts of the world but, if you are a student of the guitar in the UK then I expect you will have heard of David Mead. As well as writing for two of the UK’s leading guitar magazine – Guitarist and Guitar Techniques – David has produced a number of excellent guitar tutor books. Compared to when I first … [Read more...]

AmpKit music app updated to v.1.7

Agile Partners' excellent AmpKit music app guitar amp sim has been updated today to v.1.7. The developer has stated that this update, which adds three new amplifier models plus some additional pedals, brings the total number of amplifier channels (some amps have more than one channel) to over 100. The three new amps are modelled upon a Mesa Studio .50 Cailber, a Marshall JMP Lead 50W (I used to own one of these; it was VERY loud) and, for bass players, an Ampeg SVT-CL. These are available … [Read more...]

JamUp Pro XT updates

Positive Grid's JamUp Pro is one of the best iOS amp modelling sims available (see my original JampUp Pro review here) and has just been updated to v.2.4.1. This upgrade brings both new features and some significant new in-app-purchases. In terms of new features the app now includes a re-design of the ToneSharing system (similar in principle to the excellent system offered by Line 6 for the various POD/Spider amp products). This allows users to search, and then download from, a large catalogue … [Read more...]

Music App Blog News – AmpKit+ updated to v.1.6.3

As regular readers to the blog will know, I'm a big fan of iOS guitar amp sims. One of my favourite such apps - AmpKit iOS music app by Agile Partners - has been updated this week with v. 1.6.3 now available on the App Store. AmpKit+ is a brilliant app and, used with the Peavey/Agile Partners recently released LiNK HD I/O interface, is capable of creating some excellent guitar tones for both recording and performance uses. With more iOS musicians now looking to exploit the higher quality … [Read more...]

Music app review – Jam Maestro by David Blake

When I first looked at the Jam Maestro music app, the obvious comparison that sprang to mind was with Guitarism, an app that I reviewed a few weeks back. In brief, Guitarism is designed to provide a compact (iPhone-sized!) playable acoustic guitar virtual instrument. The emphasis is placed upon being able to actually play, in real-time, a performance that doesn’t sound a million miles away from a real acoustic guitar. To do this, Guitarism includes strings that you strum or pick with one thumb … [Read more...]

Guitarism by rhism – music app review

While I play a number of instruments ‘a bit’ (piano, drums, bass, tin whistle, etc.) the only one I’d not be totally embarrassed to actually stick on my CV would be guitar, upon which, on a good day, I can get up a half-decent head of steam. Which means, of course, that while I’m also a bit of a sucker for virtual guitar instruments as music apps that can be played on my iPhone or iPad, for the app to crank my handle (as a guitar player), it has to be able to offer me something useful over and … [Read more...]

Music App Review – David Mead’s Guitar Gym by Leafcutter Studios

I can’t speak for the USA or other parts of the world but, if you are a student of the guitar in the UK then I expect you will have heard of David Mead. As well as writing for two of the UK’s leading guitar magazine – Guitarist and Guitar techniques – David has produced a number of excellent guitar tutor books. Indeed, I’ve got two of them – Chords and Scales for Guitarists and Rhythm: Step by Step Guide to Understanding Rhythm for Guitar – in my own collection and, even though I’ve been playing … [Read more...]