Roadtrip return….

Those of you who have visited the site in the last week or so will have seen that I was away for a few days on a roadtrip with my wife. This was our second 'scouting' trip in a few months as we look to move our family and home from the north of the UK to the south of France (what can I say? We are looking for a little more sunshine while we work). Thanks to everyone who was in touch with wishes of luck for the trip - it was much appreciated - and, happily, it now looks like we have a roof to … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time… part deux

Those of you have been regular visitors over the last few months will recall that, back in March, I was away on a bit of a roadtrip with my wife.... We had a week away from our current home (and, therefore, the blog was a bit quieter than usual) while we looked for what might become our new home. A few regulars left some 'good luck' comments and others on the email newletter list also sent similar messages (thank you all). As I outlined at the time, while the trip was part-holiday and … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time…..

One of the wonderful things about using iOS technology to make music is the opportunity it provides to make music on the move. Of course, that might just mean moving from the sofa to the bedroom or perhaps whipping out your iPhone during your lunch break. However, it can also be when you are away from your normal base….   on a work trip, on holiday or just ‘on the road’…. And the latter is more the kind of trip I’m going to be on during the next week. The trip is part-holiday (catching up … [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...]

SongSheet by iSharp – music app review

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...]

InTune review – Wittenberg University allow you to test your pitch sensitivity

As I commented a few days ago when reviewing Tom Reinert’s Groove Metronome app, music apps don’t have to be headline grabbers in order to be useful. InTune – produced by a team within the Music Department at Wittenberg University – is exactly a case in point. The app provides the user with a test of their ability to distinguish between the pitch of two tones. The aim of the app is that, with practice, you will begin to improve your ability to hear intonation differences and this, in turn, will … [Read more...]

Music app review – Groove! Metronome by Tom Reinert

There are some music apps that you want in your collection because they do something amazing, whether that's making noise, processing noise or recording noise. These apps are the wizz-bang highlights of your music making workflow. But not all apps have to be like this to earn a place on your mobile device. In short, an app can be useful without being a superstar. Groove! Metronome by Tom Reinert is just such an app. What you get here is a classic mobile app - a piece of software that does one … [Read more...]

Korg iMS-20 analog synth – music app review

Korg’s original hardware MS-20 was released in 1978 and, in the world of analog synthesisers, became a bit of a classic. As a two-oscillator monophonic synth, it shared some similarities with the more up-market ARP 2600 including the ability to re-patch the signal in various ways. This, along with a shed load of knobs, made for a very flexible synth that offered some excellent options for keen programmers, without being so over-the-top, that novice users would be too intimidated. With a ‘who’s … [Read more...]

Music App Blog article – The Ideal iPad Audio Interface?

There is no doubting the potential of the iPad as platform for musicians, whether it is simply for music app utilities (e.g. Guitar Toolkit, V-Control Pro) or as a sound source (synths such Animoog or iMS-20 or guitar amp sims such as AmpliTube or AmpKit+). Equally, if you are happy with synths and sampled sounds, apps such as NanoStudio, SynthStation or iElectribe demonstrate it can also be a brilliant compositional and music production tool. However, if you want to get into full musical … [Read more...]