Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 5; iOS KISS vs iOS KISS

This short series of short(ish) articles is taking a lighthearted – but hopefully thought provoking - look at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform. It is intended to provide a balanced view of the merits (or otherwise) so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed whether it forms a good match to their particular needs. The topic of this post – part 5 in the series – is all about KISS. The ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ phrase is, of course, a bit … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 4; the touchscreen vs the touchscreen

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1), size (physical footprint; part 2) and price (hardware vs software; part 3). In part 4, I’d like to look at one of the very obvious highlight features of iOS (and any modern smart … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 3; its price vs its price

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1) and size (physical footprint; part 2). In part 3, let’s tackle what is perhaps a critical theme when for anyone making a purchase decision; costs. Premium product, premium price; it’s a … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 2; it’s compact vs it’s compact

This series of short(ish) discussion articles is focused on the pros and cons of iOS as a music-making platform. I’m a fan of the approach but I’d also be the first to admit that it is far from ‘perfect’ (whatever that might be given that we all make our music in different ways anyway). The various pros and cons of the iOS music technology manifest themselves in all sorts of ways and, hopefully, by giving some air time to some of the more significant of these ‘good vs bad’ aspects, the articles … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 1; no hard drive vs no hard drive

As a regular user of iOS in my own personal music-making workflow, I take no convincing of the various useful roles my iPad (or iPhone) can play. They are many and varied (itself a topic for another time) but, while I’m more than happy to exploit what IOS can offer, I do realise that I’m in a music tech minority. There are lots of musicians who (a) are aware of iOS technology but get their job done without needing an iPad to do it, (b) have perhaps been exposed to what iOS can offer but remain … [Read more...]

iRig PRO – new compact audio+MIDI interface from IK Multimedia

Musicians who want to keep their iOS music production system as compact as possible might well be interested in news from IK Multimedia about their new iRig PRO product. The unit, which builds upon the technology used in a number of the IK's existing iOS hardware add-ons, combines a high quality XLR/1/4" jack audio input with switchable phantom power alongside MIDI connectivity, all in a unit similar in size to the existing iRig HD and with a similar set of cables to then connect to your 30-pin … [Read more...]

Music App Review – Turnado for iPad by Sugar Bytes

Oh my…. if you’re an iOS musician with even the slightest of an experimental streak within you, then I suggest you might rather like the Turnado music app by Sugar Bytes. Indeed, if you have both an experimental streak and an app habit that you are trying to break, then I also suggest that you stop reading the review now…. ….  ah, too late! Turnado is a monster of an app – part multi-effects processor and part loop mangler – and, in short, it’s brilliant. If you produce electronic or … [Read more...]

Music app update – Cubasis v.1.3

While it is still far from the 'perfect' iPad DAW, Cubasis is most certainly amongst the the top tier in terms of  both profile and functionality. However, it's great to see Steinberg keeping the development moving forward with the release of v.1.3 today (April 16th 2013). Aside from a number of bug fixes, there are also some new features added. The highlights are two new plug-ins; a rather nice 4-band parametric EQ and a limiter. The EQ, in particular, is well featured and very welcome … [Read more...]