Drum Session updated – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo take their iOS drum app universal

We are blessed with some excellent iOS drum app whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more.. well...  And, if it's acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we got a new fairly contender recently; Drum Session. The app is a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame) and, while not an EZ Drummer clone, it certainly has the ubiquitous … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Vatanator SX giveaway results – five winners of Georgi Georiev’s streamlined iPhone drum machine

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 soon … [Read more...]

Vatanator SX giveaway – five copies of Georgi Georiev’s streamlined iPhone drum machine to be won

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 soon … [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...]

SongSheet for iPhone – Ghostdust bring an iPhone version of their song and setlist manager app

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

SoundFont Pro for iPhone giveaway results – 3 winners of iPhone-friendly multi-timbral virtual instrument

Music App Blog regulars will be familiar with Azfar Jafri's Soundfont Pro app as I've provided coverage of it here on the blog a number of times. However, as I posted a week or so ago, Azfar has now released an iPhone-specific version of the app. You can, therefore, now take SoundFont Pro with you in your pocket wherever you go....  This is a well-designed app that, depending upon how you configure it, allows you to use it as a four-part multi-timbral sound source. And, as it uses the … [Read more...]

SoundFont Pro for iPhone giveaway – 3 copies of iPhone-friendly multi-timbral virtual instrument to be won

Music App Blog regulars will be familiar with Azfar Jafri's Soundfont Pro app as I've provided coverage of it here on the blog a number of times. However, as I posted earlier this week, Azfar has now released an iPhone-specific version of the app. You can, therefore, now take SoundFont Pro with you in your pocket wherever you go....  This is a well-designed app that, depending upon how you configure it, allows you to use it as a four-part multi-timbral sound source. And, as it uses the … [Read more...]

SoundFont Pro for iPhone review – multi-timbral virtual instrument arrives in an iPhone-friendly format

There are some truly remarkable synth apps available for iOS – Thor, Nave, Arctic ProSynth, iSEM, iMini, Animoog, iMS-20, etc. – all of which defy conventional logic when it comes to working out how they sound so good yet are so modestly priced. However, some of these are quite processor hungry and most (although not all) of the better iOS synths, are not multi-timbral; the majority of these instruments can only make one sound (albeit many notes of that sound) at any one time. Unless you are … [Read more...]