Lori & Johnny Murray – nice live performance of iPad-only track on BBC

I'm always happy to add a little promotion a some iPad-made music when it gets some mainstream exposure. So, with thanks to Ionut Murariu over on the iPad Musician Facebook Group for posting this, you might want to give the following YouTube video a watch and listen. The track was written by Johnny Murray with lead vocals from Lori but the obvious thing of interest for visitors to the Music App Blog is that the rest of the production was arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered under … [Read more...]

iFretless Bass music app review – virtual bass instrument from Blue Mango

When it comes to iOS music apps, some musicians do better than others. If you are a keyboard player, guitar player, recording fan or a drummer, then you are generally pretty well catered for. Others, perhaps, don’t have it quite so good. However, if you are a bass player, iFretless Bass - Blue Mango’s virtual bass instrument app – is an obvious candidate to consider. iFretless Bass has been around for some time. The first release appeared in March 2012, with v.2 posted in October 2012. Blue … [Read more...]

Launchkey 49 review – Novation’s MIDI controller keyboard for iPad

The iPad’s touchscreen is a wonderful thing and the virtual controls offered by many iOS music apps are a joy to use. However, there are plenty of occasions where some genuine hardware controls – piano keys, faders, rotary knobs or buttons – are either a better alternative to the touchscreen or can compliment the virtual interface of your favourite music apps. And, for most musicians, the most popular form that such a control surface takes is a MIDI controller keyboard. Novation’s Launchkey … [Read more...]

How to use a wireless network to transmit MIDI data between your iPad and desktop computer

When I was reviewing the rather excellent Chordion app for the blog, I mentioned that the app could be used in conjunction with a desktop DAW to transmit MIDI data to a synth track on the desktop system. Given just how good Chordion is for entering basic MIDI chord data, this is a very useful trick and something I’ve used regularly since buying the app to send MIDI data to Cubase 7 running on my iMac. In response to my comment in the Chordion review, I received an couple of emails from … [Read more...]

iOS music podcasts – new episodes to check out

I don't know about you but I'm a big podcast fan. The format is great for listening when out and about, in the car, doing some exercise or just at my desk and I want something tailored to my interests to keep me entertained and informed. If you are an established iOS music making fan, or just finding your feet with the whole iOS music world, then you really should check out both the Touch Music Podcast and the iOS Music & You Podcast. Both have new episodes online. The Touch Music … [Read more...]

AUFX:Space music app review – dedicated reverb app for iOS

The AUFX:Space music app is the first dedicated iOS reverb effect app I've reviewed for the blog. Produced by Kymatica, it is the first of a series of effects apps that are in development. While reverb and delay effects are built into many iOS music apps (DAWs, synths, guitar amp sims, etc.), as AUFX:Space's reason for being is reverb, it's perhaps worth considering some basics of effects like reverb and delay to set the review - which I'll come to asap below - into a broader context....  but … [Read more...]

Links and resources page for iOS musicians

I've had a slight reorganistion of the Music App Blog website structure today to make room for a page of links to other websites and online resources that contain information that might be of interest to the iOS/mobile musician. You can access this via the Links menu item at the top of the website. It includes other websites related to iOS music making, hardware/app developer websites and a selection of more general music and/or technology websites that cover mobile music topics. This is … [Read more...]

Using your iPad for live music performance; a starter kit for the performing iOS keyboard player

As with the starter kit for guitar/bass players, let's take the term 'performing' here in its broadest sense; any keyboard-playing musician who wants to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) as a sound source. Again, the 'performance' itself might just personal practice, rehearsal/jamming with band mates or, for the more adventurous, in a live performance in front of paying punters. The first of these is perhaps a less demanding and less difficult ambition while the last requires you to be very … [Read more...]

Groove Bank music app review – Drums On Demand release their pocket session drummer app

If you have any experience of using drum loops on a desktop-based music production system, then the odds are you will be familiar with Drums On Demand. The company have built an excellent reputation for their drum loop libraries and were one of the first companies to start releasing drum loops in a multitrack format – separate loops from each drum mic – rather than just a stereo mix. This multitrack format allowed you to balance the kit to your own taste. Having used a couple of these libraries … [Read more...]