Elastic Drums ON SALE – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app at a bargain price

If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you might well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. The app was great on first launch but Oliver has released a steady stream of very useful updates since then bringing improved IAA and Audiobus support plus a number of other new features, including, universal status, Ableton Link support and a new sampler playback engine. Audiobus 3 support is also now included. Anyway, if you have not yet … [Read more...]

Positive Grid updates – PG’s key iOS music apps get Audiobus 3 support

While the road might not have been completely smooth, iOS musicians ought to have a lot of respect for what Positive Grid have done over the last few years. Their iOS music apps have proved to be very popular and deservedly so; they are very good at what they do. However, to then take the flagship iOS-based guitar rig modelling and port it over to the desktop world - a very competitive place - was a brave move. To then take that same technology and recreate it as a top-end modelling/profiling … [Read more...]

Cubasis update – new features and sale time for Steinberg’s brilliant iOS DAW/sequencer

As regular readers here will know, my personal iOS DAW/sequencer of choice is Steinberg's Cubasis. It's undoubtedly a great app - and I think Steinberg have got the balance of features (just about) right for the iOS platform - but as I'm also a Cubase user on the desktop, Cubasis is a very obvious choice for me. As iOS hardware has improved, so Steinberg have moved Cubasis forward, gradually adding now features and capabilities to the app with each update. And today a new update has arrived; … [Read more...]

SessionBand sale – all SessionBand apps currently at half price

If you have ever played one of the more 'consumer' orientated electric keyboards, you will be familiar with the concept of 'auto-accompaniment'; you play some chords and the keyboard does its best to add some bass and drums (for example). Way back when, perhaps 'cheesy' would have been the best way to describe this technology; it was music Jim, but not as we know it.... Thankfully, the musical AI behind this kind of approach has come some way since then and, while 'muzak' is still available … [Read more...]

Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co add the cloud to their brilliant iOS drum machine app

As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I'm a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. Chordion, Ondes and dot Melody are well worth checking out. However, as I commented when originally reviewing the app, Ben Kamen and the team at Olympia Noise Co toped the lot with their Patterning: Drum Machine. There are some fabulous iOS drum/groove apps available but Patterning is absolutely one of my favourite iOS music apps whatever category we happen to … [Read more...]

Auria Pro SALE – WaveMachine Labs iOS mega-DAW 50% off for limited time

So, summer is coming (well, here in the northern hemisphere at least) and that means lots of businesses (and some iOS music app developers included) are taking things a touch easier for a while as they peek out from their darkened programming suites and catch up on some vitamin D. However, while things might be a bit slower in terms of new apps or app updates, that doesn't mean our favourite iOS music app developers don't have something to tempt us....  and summer sales are a good way to go … [Read more...]

Igor Vasiliev SALE – all Igor’s iOS music apps on limited-time sale

Regular readers here will be very familiar with indie developer Igor Vasiliev and his excellent range of iOS music apps. These include Master Record, Audio Mastering, AltiSpace and Master FX, all of which I have reviewed previously here on the blog. Igor has also released the interesting, excellent, and just a bit mad, SoundScaper and FieldScaper apps - two sound design toolkits in an app format - and that more experimental iOS music makers (oh, and sound designers!) have been having a lot of … [Read more...]

iMaschine 2 ON SALE – Native Instruments offer their IOS groove production app at 50% off

Native Instruments make the truly wonderful (also powerful, widely supported by 3rd party sample library developers and not cheap) Kontakt software sampler for desktop music production systems. Kontakt is probably my most used sampler/virtual instrument and it will be used somewhere in almost every desktop production I write. I'm therefore a big NI software fan....  but have yet to give into the temptation of their hardware....  The hardware range includes Maschine which is a top-notch … [Read more...]

fluXpad sale – MoMinstruments left-field take on a sample-based sequencer on 50% SALE

I posted a review of WretchUp from the Mouse On Mars development some time ago on the blog. WretchUp is most certainly a bit of a wild ride as an audio processor but, if you like to mangle audio in all sorts of unpredictable ways, and particularly if you like to do that in a performance context, then this is an app that might well appeal. The MoMinstruments team includes Oliver Greschke (of Elastic Drums fame) but, given WretchUp's pedigree, I think we should expect anything under the MoM … [Read more...]