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...]

Summer Giveaways – iOS music app giveaways – LAST DAY TODAY

As regulars at the Music App Blog will know, over the last week or so, I've been on a bit of a summer break and enjoying a few days of family time and catching up with a few friends back in the UK. However, just so something was going on on the site while I was away, I did setup a number of iOS music app giveaways to go live....  :-) These have proved to be very popular and, as the different giveaways appeared on line, I've been inundated with entries. And, if you have not caught up with … [Read more...]

Feature presentation – what’s your wishlist for your favourite iOS music apps?

One of the things that I love about music production using my iPad is that, if I choose, I can make music using software that doesn’t make my head explode with its complexity. Don’t get me wrong – I think there is most certainly a time and a place for sophisticated, feature-rich, software – but it can be all too easy to get bogged down in the intricacies of the toolset at the expense of getting creative if that toolset is overly complex for the job in hand. Tangentially, this is a point that … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 3 – a minimalist iPad recording studio on a budget

I posted a couple of articles (here and here) last week arguing the merits of ‘less is more’ when it comes to a working collection of iOS music apps and, in particular, a set of apps aimed at recording applications. In this third instalment, I want to pick up where I left off in part 2…. Before I do, however, let’s remind ourselves that this is not a new idea. There are lots of musical examples where successful artists have made brilliant music using only a limited range of equipment or under … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 2 – a compact iOS music app collection for recording

I posted an article earlier this week arguing the merits of ‘less is more’ when it comes to a working collection of iOS music apps. As I commented in that post, this is not a new idea. There are lots of musical examples where successful artists have made brilliant music using only a limited range of equipment or under some other sort of workflow constraints. The bottom line here is that access to shed-loads of ‘gear’ is not what limits musical creativity for most of us; it’s our skill level in … [Read more...]