Xequence launched – new iOS MIDI sequencer from Seven Systems

iOS has a number of excellent DAW/sequencer apps that offer both audio recording and MIDI sequencing. We also have a smaller number of music apps that are either dedicated MIDI sequencers or have a strong emphasis on MIDI sequencing but also act as instrument hosts. Two apps perhaps slot into the latter category; Korg's Gadget (although that now does also offer audio recording options and you can only really use it with Gadget's own 'gadget' sound sources) and AppBC's Modstep. The last of these … [Read more...]

Guitar Toolkit updated – tweaks for Agile Partners’ Swiss Army knife app for guitar players

As a confirmed iOS music app addict, I have far too many music apps installed on my iPhone and iPad. They are all great and there are occasions when each of them might get called into service. However, there are a few apps that I can pretty much guarantee using every day. For me, Cubasis is one...  but another is Agile Partners' Guitar Toolkit. Guitar Toolkit was one of the first iOS music apps I reviewed on the website back in April 2012. It might not be the most sexy of the apps I own but, … [Read more...]

Guitar Toolkit updated – tweaks for Agile Partners’ Swiss Army knife app for guitar players

As a confirmed iOS music app addict, I have far too many music apps installed on my iPhone and iPad. They are all great and there are occasions when each of them might get called into service. However, there are a few apps that I can pretty much guarantee using every day. For me, Cubasis is one...  but another is Agile Partners' Guitar Toolkit. Guitar Toolkit was one of the first iOS music apps I reviewed on the website back in April 2012. It might not be the most sexy of the apps I own but, … [Read more...]

Guitar Toolkit updated – tweaks for Agile Partners’ Swiss Army knife app for guitar players

As a confirmed iOS music app addict, I have far too many music apps installed on my iPhone and iPad. They are all great and there are occasions when each of them might get called into service. However, there are a few apps that I can pretty much guarantee using every day. For me, Cubasis is one...  but another is Agile Partners' Guitar Toolkit. Guitar Toolkit was one of the first iOS music apps I reviewed on the website back in April 2012. It might not be the most sexy of the apps I own but, … [Read more...]

Apple shows the love to iOS musicians – latest iPad ad focuses on music making

I posted a discussion article a few weeks back looking at some of the great things about iOS as a music-making platform...  but also covering the 'not so great' stuff that, right here and right now, means that iOS is not yet the 'perfect' platform...  'has potential but still requires work' might be the most suitable school report at present. At the end of that piece, I commented that, much as Apple clearly like to associate themselves with the musician community - iTunes is, after all, a … [Read more...]

If it’s good enough for Elvis….

When I first started thinking about creating the Music App Blog, I was already a confirmed Apple addict. And like lots of Apple fans, I'm geeky enough (and honest enough to admit) that I like to watch the product launch events and keep up with the latest news about products or developments with existing ones. All of which explains why, earlier today, while catching up on some other work at my computer, I had the video replay of the keynote presentation from yesterday's  - September 10th - … [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...]

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...]