Music app review – AmpKit+ by Agile Partners

As a music app developer for iOS, Agile Partners go right back to the very first day of the App Store in July 2008 and, as I commented in a previous review, I’m a big fan of their Guitar Toolkit app. Of course, the company also produce AmpKit – a guitar amp, cab, effects modelling package – that is available in a free version or the paid ‘+’ version that includes extra amps and effects. In addition, there are a whole slew of additional amps, cab and effects available either individually or as … [Read more...]

Music App Blog news – Cubasis v.1.1 with Audiobus support

Steinberg have today released the first update to their iOS DAW music app Cubasis and it's now available on the App Store to purchase (or as a free download to existing owners). As discussed in my earlier review of Cubasis when it was first released a few weeks ago, it is an app that has the potential to be very good indeed. For those who use the desktop version as their main DAW, Cubasis is a bit of a no-brainer if you are looking for an iOS DAW as it allows projects to be moved across to the … [Read more...]

Focusrite iTrack Solo audio interface for iPad – Music App Blog review

Budget aside, the most problematic aspect of finding an audio or audio+MIDI interface for a desktop computer system that fits your own specific needs is picking from the multitude of choices. Whatever you think you want in terms of numbers of inputs (with or without phantom power), outputs or MIDI connectivity, there is likely to be something available from one of the well-established manufactures such as RME, MOTU, Tascam, Behringer, Line 6, Apogee, NI, Avid, M-Audio, Alesis, etc. However, … [Read more...]

Music app review – JamUp Pro XT by Positive Grid

Guitar tones are, of course, a very personal thing and, what one player likes another may not. Guitarist’s ability to experiment with different tones has been transformed by digital modelling of guitar amp, cabinets and effects pioneered by the likes of Roland, Digitech and – perhaps most famously – by Line 6 with their ground-breaking POD desktop modelling devices. Whatever your position on whether amp modelling gets close to the sound of a real valve amp, the latest incarnations of the … [Read more...]

Music app review – Cubasis by Steinberg

As regular readers here will be aware, the iOS platform already has a wide range of music apps aimed at musicians. Yes, amongst the masses on iTunes, there are some to be avoided but the best of the bunch are very good indeed. And while this is still undoubtedly a music making environment that has plenty of room to mature, apps like Auria by WaveMachineLabs have very clearly demonstrated that an iPad can, in the right hands and with the right audio I/O hardware, be used to make some very … [Read more...]

Music App Blog question – What audio interface do you use?

I'm a little frustrated (OK, maybe not quite at the screaming stage yet, but getting close). I posted a while ago about the features that would make my own ‘ideal’ audio interface to use for music making with music apps on my iOS system. While different people may well have very different needs, my own requirements (well, for 99% of what I would like to do) would be for two-in/two-out audio of decent quality, phantom power on the mic inputs, two independent headphone outputs, MIDI connectivity, … [Read more...]

OverLoud THM amp modelling for Auria – music app review

In their desktop recording systems, recording musicians take for granted the ability to integrate multiple software packages into their working environment and 3rd party plug-ins into their DAW of choice. On mobile platforms such as the iPad things have not yet reached the same level of maturity and while some music apps can work ‘in the background’ or communicate with other apps, there is not – as yet – the same ability to work with multiple bits of software (your favourite synth, favourite … [Read more...]

Music app review – Auria by WaveMachine Labs

Ever since it was first announced, the prospect of WaveMachine Lab’s music app Auria has attracted a lot of excited discussion online. Well, now it is here (launched on the iTunes App Store on 17th July) and, even with only a few days of experimentation with the app, I think it is safe to say that Auria is, quite simply, a game-changing app for musicians wanting and willing to embrace the potential of music making on the iPad. Garageband on the iPad has bought DAW (digital audio workstation) … [Read more...]

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Music app review – Voxkit by Secret Base Design

Despite the relatively short history of the whole iOS world, it is fair to say that there are already a good number of apps for creating drum sounds so, with Voxkit – a drum pad/sample triggering app - Secret Base Design already have some well-established competition. However, Voxkit does come with one very particular trick up its sleeve – the ability to trigger the drum samples via sound – so if you prefer the more natural way of playing your drum tracks by hitting real objects with your … [Read more...]