Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro update – sophisticated musical theory aid gets some tweaks

I've looked at a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the 'utility' category here on the Music App Blog. These might not have the instant 'buy me!' appeal of some of the more glamorous synths, drum machine or guitar rig modellers but, in their own way, they are just as much an integral part of what makes iOS such a great - and versatile -platform for musicians. A number of these utility apps are educational in nature. For example, I've looked at a few different vocal … [Read more...]

Music Memos review – Apple create a songwriter’s notepad in an app

Some time ago here on the Music App Blog, I published a post looking at a compact ‘ever ready’ toolkit of iOS music apps that were ideal for an iPhone and primarily intended to allow the user to ‘capture’ a song idea as and when the muse decided to strike. When I put that post together, one key element of that app collection was a simple audio recording app…. not perhaps a multitrack recorder, but something that could be fired up with the minimum of fuss, switched into record mode, and … [Read more...]

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro update – sophisticated musical theory aid gets iPad Pro support

I've looked at a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the 'utility' category here on the Music App Blog. These might not have the instant 'buy me!' appeal of some of the more glamorous synths, drum machine or guitar rig modellers but, in their own way, they are just as much an integral part of what makes iOS such a great - and versatile -platform for musicians. A number of these utility apps are educational in nature. For example, I've looked at a few different vocal … [Read more...]

MelodyMiner review – interesting songwriting aid in an iOS app

I love the fact that the mobile app format encourages all sorts of developers to offer us all sorts of niche software. Some of these things, while they might just as easily exist in a desktop format, are perhaps not going to reach such a wide audience if launched for Windows or OSX. After all, not many desktop users are perhaps used to taking a punt on pocket-money priced software; desktop applications tend to be full-on, feature rich and have a price tag to match. However, under iOS, we have … [Read more...]

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro update – sophisticated musical theory aid in an iOS app

I've looked at a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the 'utility' category here on the Music App Blog. These might not have the instant 'buy me!' appeal of some of the more glamorous synths, drum machine or guitar rig modellers but, in their own way, they are just as much an integral part of what makes iOS such a great - and versatile -platform for musicians. A number of these utility apps are educational in nature. For example, I've looked at a few different vocal … [Read more...]

Tin Pan Rhythm update – new features for songwriting aid and auto-accompaniment app

As well as all those amazing synths, drum machines, guitar rig sims, audio effects and recording apps, the App Store also has its fair share of what might best be described as musical utility apps. Tin Pan Rhythm – from developer Tin Pan – and that I reviewed on launch back in May, falls into this latter category and, as I indicated in that initial review, this is a clever little app. The title is apt for the app as, while it is unlikely that you might create a complete song using just this … [Read more...]

Tin Pan Rhythm sale – songwriting aid and auto-accompaniment app for iOS at a bargain price

As well as all those amazing synths, drum machines, guitar rig sims, audio effects and recording apps, the App Store also has its fair share of what might best be described as musical utility apps. Tin Pan Rhythm – from developer Tin Pan – and that I reviewed on launch a couple of weeks ago, falls into this latter category. The title is apt for the app as, while it is unlikely that you might create a complete song using just this app, what it is intended to do is allow you to experiment with … [Read more...]

Tin Pan Rhythm update – songwriting aid and auto-accompaniment app for iOS gets some tweaks

As well as all those amazing synths, drum machines, guitar rig sims, audio effects and recording apps, the App Store also has its fair share of what might best be described as musical utility apps. Tin Pan Rhythm – from developer Tin Pan – and that I reviewed on launch a couple of weeks ago, falls into this latter category. The title is apt for the app as, while it is unlikely that you might create a complete song using just this app, what it is intended to do is allow you to experiment with … [Read more...]

Tin Pan Rhythm review – songwriting aid and auto-accompaniment app for iOS

As well as all those amazing synths, drum machines, guitar rig sims, audio effects and recording apps, the App Store also has its fair share of what might best be described as musical utility apps. Tin Pan Rhythm – from developer Tin Pan – and that was launched on the App Store yesterday, falls into this latter category. Tin Pan Rhythm derives its name from Tin Pan Alley, the nickname of the famous street in New York where, from the late 1800s (and through to the 1950s), music publishers used … [Read more...]