iOS virtual instrument roundup – sample-based virtual instruments for iOS – v.2

If you have subscribed to the Music App Blog email newsletter then you will have obtained a copy of our free guide titled ’25 iOS music apps to get you started’. This guide is probably due (yet another) update but, as keen eyed readers will have noted (err….  or anyone who can actually count) there are actually rather more than 25 apps listed in the guide. The reason for this is (a) quite simple and (b) rather wonderful. It’s simple because the iTunes App Store has a massive selection of iOS … [Read more...]

iOS guitar amp sim roundup – virtual guitar rigs for the iOS owning guitar player

Regular readers of the Music App Blog will know that the only instrument I claim any degree of proficiency upon is the guitar. That means, of course, that when it comes to recording my own music, a lot of it involves guitars and, in particular, electric guitars. I’ve had a recording tech habit for more years that I care to recall…. and while I’ve been lucky enough to have a recording space for my own use for many of those years, it has very much been a home/project studio environment (up … [Read more...]

iOS synth apps roundup – brilliant virtual synths for equally brilliant prices – v.2

I've done a few 'best in category' iOS music app roundups here on the Music App Blog at various stages and, while there are a number of obvious categories I've not got around to covering yet (I'll get there eventually), I'm also conscious that several of those I have done are in need of a bit of updating. So, without further ado, it's time to get started and first on the list (for some fairly obvious reasons of popularity) is my v.2.0 roundup of the iOS synth apps. In the wonderful world of … [Read more...]

iOS synth apps roundup – brilliant virtual synths for equally brilliant prices

In the wonderful world of the App Store, there is one category of iOS music apps that is truly well served; synth apps. I’m sure there are a good number of reasons for the synth app cup to run over but I guess it mostly down to a combination of two factors. First, lots of synth fans are quite ‘techie’ by nature and, whether your background is in synth hardware or virtual synths made for desktop computers, if you like synths then you are going to have a few technical bones in your body. That, … [Read more...]

iOS MIDI Performance app roundup – apps as an alternative to playing a MIDI keyboard

As I’ve written elsewhere, the touchscreen has introduced a whole range of new ways to create music. However, perhaps one of the less-than-perfect experiences of an iOS virtual synth is playing complex keyboard parts via a virtual touchscreen piano keyboard. Don’t get me wrong – these are great to have when you want to make some music on the move and only have access to your iPad – but, even for accomplished keyboard players, it’s not the same as playing a real, physical, set of keys. The … [Read more...]

iOS generative music apps roundup – apps that make music for you

Pretty much since the early days of music software for computers, developers have been making software that, in one way or another, attempts to write its own music. In some cases this might be just one element of he application while in others it is its reason for being. And in some cases the results have been quite successful while in others…. well, let’s just say that flesh and blood composers are not in danger of becoming extinct just jet. Software with a ‘generative’ element is, however, … [Read more...]

iOS all-in-one electronic music production apps roundup

When it comes to making music – whether the platform is hardware based, desktop-based or mobile-based – there are limitless different ways you can get the job done. However, for electronic music production, where the focus is placed upon synths, samples and sequencing, there are all sorts of software options that can allow you to do the whole task within a single environment. On the desktop, perhaps the classic example of this is Propellerhead’s Reason. While Reason now includes audio … [Read more...]

iOS virtual instrument apps roundup

If you have subscribed to the Music App Blog email newsletter then you will have obtained a copy of our free guide titled ’25 iOS music apps to get you started’. This guide is now in its second edition (I updated it in May 2014) but, as keen eyed readers will have noted (err….  or anyone who can actually count) there are actually rather more than 25 apps listed in the guide. The reason for this is (a) quite simple and (b) rather wonderful. It’s simple because the iTunes App Store has a … [Read more...]