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...]

Vatanator update – Georgi Georiev’s streamlined drum machine gets tweaks for iOS10

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working. One recent release in this category is Vatanator. This is the first app by developer Georgi Georgiev and I did a full review of the app on the blog a … [Read more...]

Voice Rack: FX update – vocal effect preset app from TC-Helicon gets some iOS10 tweaks

As an off-shoot of TC Electronic, TC-Helicon are highly regarded in the music technology world for their various hardware products aimed at vocalists. However, they have also taken a punt in the world of iOS music apps and I've reviewed, Voice Rack: FX, VoiceJam Studio and Voice Cross Trainer here on the blog in the past. I reviewed Voice Rack: FX when it was first released. In the original release, using Voice Rack: FX is simplicity itself. What you got here was a set of some 50 vocal … [Read more...]