Duet Display update – fine-tuning for desktop screen extender app and ON SALE

I tend to focus here on the Music App Blog on iOS-based music production topics but, as regular readers will be aware, I also use a desktop-based music production system. In my own case, that work is predominantly built around an iMac running Steinberg’s Cubase. Of course, these two systems – iOS and OSX – are not mutually exclusive; they can be used together and I reviewed Duet Display - an interesting utility that can help make that happen - here on the blog some time ago. Duet Display … [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...]

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...]

Sound Canvas update – Roland apply some further tweaks to their Sound Canvas iOS music app

I published a full review of Roland's Sound Canvas for iOS app not long after it was launched. As I commented in that review, while the sounds themselves might not get too many pulses racing in the cutting-edge dance and electronic genres, as a source of everyday sounds covering a wide range of instrument types, Sound Canvas is (like it's original hardware-format predecessors) a very solid and very useable option and, as it is 16-part multi-timbral, could easily be used for a complete … [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...]

Duet Display update – fine-tuning for desktop screen extender app

I tend to focus here on the Music App Blog on iOS-based music production topics but, as regular readers will be aware, I also use a desktop-based music production system. In my own case, that work is predominantly built around an iMac running Steinberg’s Cubase. Of course, these two systems – iOS and OSX – are not mutually exclusive; they can be used together and I reviewed Duet Display - an interesting utility that can help make that happen - here on the blog a good few months ago. Duet … [Read more...]

Audreio updated – Core MIDI support added for iOS/desktop connectivity app

Device connectivity has become a bit of a hot development topic over the last few months. With the introduction of apps such as Studiomux and Music IO, the ability to link your iOS devices and your desktop hardware (mostly for OSX initially but Windows users are now also getting a look in) via a USB cable is a very useful and cost-effective means of integrating your music production tools. Backin February 2015, a further option appeared on this front – Audreio – that provides a way of … [Read more...]

Music Studio giveaway results – 5 winners of Xewton’s iOS DAW/sequencer

As I posted a week or so ago, Music Studio from Xewton has received a fairly substantial update recently including now becoming available to users on the Android platform. The iOS app has been around on the App Store since 2010, way before the Music App Blog came into being, but it has always struck me as a very functional recording platform. Currently priced at UK£10.99/US$14.99, it allows both audio and MIDI recording/editing in up to 127 tracks (although I suspect most iOS devices might … [Read more...]

Music Studio giveaway – 5 copies of Xewton’s iOS DAW/sequencer to be won

As I posted a few days ago, Music Studio from Xewton has received a fairly substantial update this week including now becoming available to users on the Android platform. The iOS app has been around on the App Store since 2010, way before the Music App Blog came into being, but it has always struck me as a very functional recording platform. Currently priced at UK£10.99/US$14.99, it allows both audio and MIDI recording/editing in up to 127 tracks (although I suspect most iOS devices might … [Read more...]