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...]

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...]

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...]

The (iOS music making) truth is out there…. a recommendation for The Recording Revolution

As regular readers at the blog will know, my own music-making efforts are focused in the studio rather than in live performance. While I’ve been involved in recording technology for more years than I care (am able?) to remember, I’m constantly reminded that, however much I learn, there is always more stuff to discover and skills that can be improved; unfortunately for me, I’m a long way from knowing it all when it comes to the recording, mixing and mastering process. So how do you teach … [Read more...]

What’s the best iOS recording app?

There has been an interesting conversation going on on the iPad Musician Facebook page today in response to a question from a member who asked for advice on the best app for serious music production on an iPad. This is an interesting – if rather difficult to answer – question because the answer itself depends upon a large number of factors. The responses I read touched upon a number of these factors. For example, what might we mean by ‘serious’ music production? What’s the difference between … [Read more...]

Tape update – Focusrite add Audiobus support for Tape recording app

Focusrite have updated their ultra-simple stereo recording app Tape. I reviewed Tape when it was first released. Tape is about as a simple as a recording app can be but, with its retro styling and ultra-streamlined approach to the record-master-publish process, it’s the exact opposite of the ‘paralysis-by-analysis’ recording experience that can befall you if you combine a lack of self-disciple with a lot of music technology. The addition of Audiobus support means that you could now use … [Read more...]

Cubasis update – v.1.7 adds inter-app audio support

Steinberg has released v.1.7 of Cubasis today and the new version includes comprehensive support for the inter-app audio standard introduced as part of iOS7. Like Auria, IAA in Cubasis allows you to use IAA-compatible effects apps as either insert or send effects and provides support for IAA-compatible instruments. Of course, as Cubasis also supports MIDI tracks, you can sequence these IAA instrument apps within Cubasis itself. Having spent a little time with v.1.7 today and explored the … [Read more...]

Quality matters – has iOS got what it takes as an audio recording platform?

A few days ago, I was exchanging personal news with a long-standing musician and studio-owning acquaintance of mine whom I hadn’t spoken with in a couple of years. Just as we were wrapping the conversation up, I happened to mention that I had set up the Music App Blog and that it was a website based around iOS music production. His response caught me a bit by surprise; “Oh, I own an iPad but I wouldn’t really be interested in anything involving compressed audio formats”. At the time, I didn’t … [Read more...]