Master FX update – multi-effects processor adds iOS10 support

I reviewed Igor Vasiliev's Master FX (UK£4.99/US$5.99) app when it was first released. The app provides an excellent range of standard audio effects/processors including parametric EQ, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb and a compressor. The level of control is comprehensive and, with Audiobus and IAA support, the app is also easy to use within a wider iOS workflow. There is no AU support as yet (that would be great to see at some point though) but this is a great tool for general recording … [Read more...]

Launchpad update – Novation add some visual tweaks to their loop-based music tool

I posted a full review of Novation's Launchpad when it was first released back in spring 2013. For those that like to mix and match loops as a creative music making option, Launchpad is a brilliant concept and, as the basic app is free to download, you can give it a try without having to make any commitment to a long term relationship. Novation have kept up a pretty good pace of updates with the app and it has gained new loop content (via IAPs) and also the ability to load your own samples … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS gets guitar-friendly

There are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I recently reviewed the relatively new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team - Tessitura Pro - which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any aspect of scales and scale modes (and associated chords). This is perhaps an app more aimed at the serious music student rather than someone looking for … [Read more...]

Ruismaker update – refinements for compact iOS AUi drum machine plugin

We are beginning to see some positive signs on the AU plugin format. Progress has been slow but it is starting to take hold under iOS and I'm more than happy to lend a helping hand with what I think is important technology by promoting some of the excellent developers/apps that have already taken the plunge with AU. And, as I mentioned a couple of months ago, Ruismaker from developer Bram Bos was the first iOS drum machine app to appear in that format (closely followed by the equally good … [Read more...]

AudioTools update – Andrew Smith’s audio testing utility app gets iOS10 tweaks

If you subscribe to the Music App Blog's weekly email newsletter, then you will know that I've recently completed a personal project studio build for my own music production work. To cut a long story short, this is a 'room within a room' built within a barn and, while on the inside, it looks like any 4x5m domestic room/office, it is pretty well sound isolated (yay! no noise gets in or out). Of course, like any room used for audio production, sound proofing (if required) doesn't mean that the … [Read more...]

BeatHawk update – UVI bring iOS10 tweaks their beat making app

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with BeatHawk. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI have struck a brilliant balanced between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they have adopted in the initial release. Anyway, UVI seemed keen to keep things going forwards after the original release with a number of significant … [Read more...]

Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS goes Japanese

When it comes to iOS music apps on the App Store, it’s not all about synths, drum machines and DAWs; there are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I’ve looked at some of them here on the Music App Blog. I recently reviewed the new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team - Tessitura Pro - and which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any … [Read more...]

Gestrument update – creative gesture-based musical instrument gets fine-tuned for iOS10

I did a full review of Gestrument some time ago so, if you are not familiar with the basics of the app, do give that a read. However, the app has had a couple of updates since then (v.1.3 was mentioned here). The app provides a powerful and intuitive MIDI performance interface that allows you to 'play' and create a musical performance, whether using the app's own collection of internal sounds or by sending its MIDI data to another iOS music app. Developer Jesper Nordin has released a … [Read more...]

MiMix update – TTrGames tweak their Audiobus mixer utility app for iOS10

I have to admit that, on first release, MiMix, from developer TTrGames, passed me by. However, with v.2.0 arriving on the App Store a few months ago, and a somewhat harder promotional push by the development team, it certainly felt like a good time for me to play ‘catch up’ and give the app a full review which I did a little while ago. MiMix has a tag line of ‘Mixer for Audiobus’ and this pretty much sums up its key function; whatever apps you have sitting within your Audiobus setup (up to a … [Read more...]