AD 480 Reverb update – high-quality iOS reverb effect app from Fiedler Audio gets updated

I posted a review of the rather excellent AD 480 iOS music app from Fiedler Audio some time ago. AD 480 provides a high-quality reverb effect, with plenty of controls to shape your virtual space, a good set of presets in the 'pro' version, and both Audiobus and IAA support. However, the really novel feature is something that Fiedler Audio refer to as ‘dynamic upgrade’. Simply put, the app is provided in three versions; free, basic and pro (priced at ‘free (surprise!), UK£2.99/US$3.99 and … [Read more...]

SampleTank update – major update for IK Multimedia’s sample-based virtual instrument

With RAM at a bit of a premium in older iOS hardware, the iPad or iPhone is perhaps not the platform to expect the most sophisticated of sample-based instruments to exist. However, that hasn't stopped a number of iOS music app developers from trying to squeeze as much performance out of the hardware as is possible. IK Multimedia's SampleTank is an excellent example; as a diverse source of sample-based instrument sounds, it does a very respectable job. The app was originally four-part … [Read more...]

Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets further refinements and new patches

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for a couple of years now. I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it just after it was released. Mitosynth looked great, sounded great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and played nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my recommendation … [Read more...]

iSEM updated – Arturia’s Oberheim SEM virtual synth gets some tweaks

Arturia tend to keep the updates to a minimum once they have something that is working well. As such, having given the excellent iSEM synth app a spruce up to provide iOS9 support back in September, the most recent update was in November. It was, however, quite a big on as it added Audio Unit (AU) support to the app; iSEM claimed the 'first off the blocks' award in the AU virtual instrument category. While we now have a handful of AUi apps, it's an impressive sight to see iSEM operating in … [Read more...]

Percussion Loops HD update – new content for percussion loop library app from Go Independent Records

I reviewed both Drum Loops HD and Percussion Loops HD some time ago here on the Music App Blog. Both apps essentially provide an audio loop sample library in a dedicated iOS format. The loops are supplied in a number of different tempos, cover a range of musical styles and can easily be auditioned in the apps before being copied/pasted into your favourite DAW to build your drum/percussion track. The Percussion Loops HD app (UK£6.99/USD$8.99) has been updated yesterday to v. 1.3. The app … [Read more...]

bs-16i update – further refinements for bismark’s multi-timbral virtual instrument

I mentioned bismark's bs-16i 16-part multi-timbral sample-based music app in my 'virtual instrument round-up' article some time ago. Given how blessed we are with some excellent iOS synth apps and the fact that we are starting to see some very high quality sample-based instruments appearing for iOS - with Korg Module now leading the way on that front - you could be forgiven for not getting overly excited by an app such as bs-16i based on the (fairly) humble SoundFont. With an app like bs-16i, … [Read more...]

Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets further refinements

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for a couple of years now. I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it just after it was released. Mitosynth looked great, sounded great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and played nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my recommendation … [Read more...]

iDensity update – apeSoft’s multi-stream granulation app gets further tweaks

Developer apeSoft will be familiar to many iOS musicians through their various iOS music apps and their obvious close collaboration with Amazing Noises and their various iOS music apps. Between these two developer names, I’ve reviewed apps such as apeFilter, Sparkle, Dedalus, apeDelay and DubFilter and, if you have encountered any of these apps then you will know that apeSoft don’t really do ‘conventional’. However, apeSoft also don’t just do audio effects apps…. they also have a line of iOS … [Read more...]

DC-9 Overdrive update – Blamsoft tweak their iOS AU overdrive plugin

The ‘new for iOS9’ Audio Units (AU) plugin format has now been with us for a few months but, in the last week or so, has received a bit of a boost with a number of new AU-formatted iOS music apps appearing. Topping that list was probably the announcement yesterday that Klevgränd Produktion have added AU support to six of their iOS apps but we also saw the launch of the new zMors EQ app in an AU-only format. However, one developer who had already taken the AU plunge full on is Blamsoft with a … [Read more...]