fluXpad update – MoMinstruments make their left-field sample-based sequencer universal

I posted a full review of fluXpad when it was first released and it is perhaps most easily summarised as a sample-based sequencing environment. Of course, at it is from the Mouse On Mars team, fluXpad does come with a typical MoM twist; you  'draw' your pattern sequences for each sound. Multiple patterns (clips?) can be sequenced within a single project and these then triggers to create a full performance. As shown in the screenshots, given the 'drawing' element, the UI can look a little like a … [Read more...]

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...]

Drum Session updated – excellent iOS virtual drummer gets pattern sharing feature

If you want the sound of acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we have a number of possible iOS music apps. This list of the most obvious candidates includes the excellent Drum Session, a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame). While Drum Session is not quite 'EZ Drummer in an app', it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration....  which is certainly … [Read more...]

Drum Session updated – excellent iOS virtual drummer gets Ableton Link support

If you want the sound of acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we have a number of possible iOS music apps. This list of the most obvious candidates includes the excellent Drum Session, a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame). While Drum Session is not quite 'EZ Drummer in an app', it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration....  which is certainly … [Read more...]

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...]