IceWorks updates – Laplace, Lorentz and Mersenne iOS synths get some tweaks

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. Thor, Nave, Animoog, iSEM, Tera Synth, Synthmaster Player, MitoSynth, iProphet, Model 15, ARP ODYSSEi, iWaveStation… well, add your own favourites to the list. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established … [Read more...]

Redshrike review – iceWorks add an iPhone-friendly synth to their app collection

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad. While most iOS musicians will have a number of the obvious candidates installed on their iPads, there are plenty of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well-established competition. A few of these slightly left-of-centre options are Lorentz, Laplace and Mersenne from iceGear/iceWorks. All of these synths are slightly … [Read more...]

Drum Session launched – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo collaborate on new iOS drum app

We are blessed with some excellent iOS drum app whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more.. well...  electronic music styles. Personally, I think the latter of these two categories is brilliantly served with apps that are just as good as the options available on the desktop. However, when it comes to the former, then virtual drummer software such as Toontrack's Superior Drummer (or the entry-level version EZ Drummer) or BFD from … [Read more...]

Redshrike launched – iceWorks add an iPhone-friendly synth to their app collection

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad. While most iOS musicians will have a number of the obvious candidates installed on their iPads, there are plenty of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well-established competition. A few of these slightly left-of-centre options are Lorentz, Laplace and Mersenne from iceGear/iceWorks. All of these synths are slightly … [Read more...]

Scythe update – iOS synth from Plastaq Software gets iOS10 support

I reviewed Scythe from Plastaq Software here on the blog back in March 2015. Scythe is an iPad only app and that now requires iOS9.3 or later. At 3MB, it’s a download that ought to fit even on a well-stocked device. The app includes Audiobus support, IAA support (as an audio generator) and seems happy enough to receive MIDI from other sources such as a sequencer app or an external MIDI keyboard. Scythe is not the deepest iOS synth app you can find on the App Store, however, it is very capable … [Read more...]

IceWorks updates – Laplace, Lorentz and Mersenne get Ableton Link tweaks

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. Thor, Nave, Animoog, Z3TA+, iSEM, Tera Synth, Synthmaster Player, MitoSynth, iProphet, Model 15… well, add your own favourites to the list. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established competition and developer … [Read more...]

Eera update – Aliaksandr Tsurko adds MIDI support to his iOS mono synth

I reviewed Aliaksandr Tsurko's rather interesting iOS monosynth Eera just after it was release in June of this year.  The app is iPad-only and requires iOS9.0 or later. It launched with Audiobus and IAA support, is a 17Mb download and, at just UK£3.99/US$4.99, is not going to put too much of a financial damper on your Friday night out. The app features a fairly straightforward synth engine but does have some interesting and unique features. Key among these are as many as 11 XY pads for … [Read more...]

Eera review – new iOS mono synth from Aliaksandr Tsurko

OK, so any of us who have hung around the music app section of the App Store for any length of time already know that the Store doesn’t really ‘need’ any more synth apps…. but, because many of us are (in denial or not) music app addicts, that most certainly doesn’t stop us ‘wanting’ a few more to choose from. Well, as it’s a Friday as I’m writing this post, if you are looking for your ‘synth app for the weekend’ fix, how about the new monosynth from Aliaksandr Tsurko with the rather cute name of … [Read more...]

IceWorks updates – both Laplace and Mersenne get Ableton Link support

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the iPad (and a number that also work in the more compact iPhone format)…. Thor, Nave, Animoog, Z3TA+, iSEM, Tera Synth, Synthmaster Player, MitoSynth, iProphet, Model 15… well, add your own favourites to the list. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established competition and developer … [Read more...]