Less is more; part 6 – a compact ‘AU-only’ iOS music app collection for music production

When I did my usual crystal ball gazing and ‘wish listing’ post to mark the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, I speculated – and hoped – that this year might (finally) see the Audio Units plugin format make a real impact under iOS. This wasn’t a risky prediction, nor an unusual wish, as I’m sure lots of iOS music makers would have shared both thoughts. Indeed, many would also comment ‘about time’ considering AU was first introduced by Apple in iOS9 and we are only a few months away from seeing … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 5 – a compact iOS music app collection for music production

Starting around May of last year, I posted a short series of articles built around the concept of 'less is more'. The underlying idea here was not a new one but, if you are the kind of person who gets easily distracted by the geeky side of music technology and, as a consequence, sometimes finds it difficult to actually produce any music (which is kind of the point of owning the technology in the first place), then perhaps those articles will have resonated? Partly because I'm one of those … [Read more...]

iOS music apps and Brexit ?!? Not a sentence I thought I’d ever need.

As regular readers here and subscribers to the weekly Music App Blog email newsletter will know, I'm not one to dip too deeply into social and political issues via the blog. I've got my own political opinions (and I'm more than happy to share them with folks when I get asked face-to-face) but the website is - and will remain - a place to talk about iOS-based music technology and not the wider state of the (very small) world upon which we all live. On this occasion, however, we have an iOS … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays! – another round of iOS music app bargains :-)

Well, Black Friday has come and gone....  but, if you still have a little bit of flexibility in your flexible friend then the seasonal holiday/New Year period is now upon us and, whether Christmas is a festival where you are or not, it certainly seems like a time that many app developers (and, frankly, almost anyone that sells anything!) will have a bargain to offer you. I've already mentioned a few of this in individual posts but, as more get added (and I suspect they will), then I'll try to … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday sales – bargain prices continue into the new week

Well, Black Friday has come and gone....  but, if you still have a little bit of flexibility in your flexible friend (or some change left over from your Saturday night out) then Cyber Monday is still with us. Most of the fabulous iOS music app sales that have been running over the last few days still hold good.... The sale pricing will disappear at different time points for each app over the next few days depending upon the approach adopted by the different developers involved. Anyway, I've … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 4 – Can you buy a mixing magic bullet?

I posted a short series of articles on the blog recently loosely connected around a 'less is more' theme....  the idea being that getting great results within an iOS-based music production system doesn't always require an extensive - or expensive - list of equipment. As I mentioned in the most recent of those articles, I had a few other ideas around which I thought I could explore that theme a bit further....  so, as I'm travelling away from the Music Blog HQ at present, and had a little … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone – Ghostdust bring an iPhone version of their song and setlist manager app

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Noatikl update – generative music and MIDI generator app from Intermorphic gets some tweaks

If ambient, soundscape-style music is your thing, then generative music app option is Noatikl from developer Intermorphic and which I reviewed on the blog some time ago. Noatikl actually runs on iOS, Windows and OSX. The iOS version is currently priced at UK£7.99/US$9.99 and includes the full feature set including the ability to save, export, use MIDI out, enable background audio and (thankfully) turn off the occasional add that pops up. As with apps like NodeBeat HD and dot Melody, Noatikl … [Read more...]