Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co fine-tune 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 topped 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 … [Read more...]

ThumbJam update – Sonosaurus bring their classic iOS music app up to date

There are a few iOS music apps that have a sort of 'classic' status and ThumbJam - by developer Sonosaurus - is most definitely one of them. If you are a newbie iOS musician - or maybe just never got around to giving the app a try - then you really should give it a go :-) Perhaps the thing that makes the app stand out from the iOS music app crowd is the rather wonderful way in which the playing interface has been implemented and, while the app is still a little quirky in some respects, the … [Read more...]

Navichord update – excellent iOS chord sequencer/MIDI controller gets song mode

I reviewed Navichord here on the Music App Blog back in September 2014. The original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – but a whole slew of updates since then have turned the app into a really good MIDI performance tool. The app has also kept up technically with new features including a chord pad system, chord presets, new internal sounds, a metronome, a sequencer for use with the chord pads, … [Read more...]

ChordPolyPad update – Laurent Colson updates his powerful iOS MIDI performance app for iOS11

Virtual MIDI keyboards on a touchscreen are not to everyone's taste....  and, if your actual keyboard skills are a bit on the shaky side (like mine), then a MIDI performance app of some sort can be a very helpful alternative.... And, in that context, ChordPolyPad, which I did a full review of some time ago, is a very powerful tool. In essence, the app is very simple; you get multiple banks of trigger pads into which you can define any chord you like with full control over how that chord is … [Read more...]

iSymphonic Orchestra update – sample-based orchestral virtual instrument app reaches v.2.0

I did a full review of iSymphonic Orchestra about a week after it was released and, with the stream of updates since then, and these have added new features, new sounds (included in the base price of the app) and a number of further sound options via IAP, it is now an impressive package. OK, keeping it fully-stocked is going to (a) take up a lot of your iOS device's storage space and (b) take a sizeable chunk out of your bank balance (those IAPs would soon add up) but, sonically, for those … [Read more...]

Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs update their feature-packed iOS DAW/sequencer for iOS11

In reviewing Auria Pro when it was launched back in December 2015, I was hugely impressed with the ambition shown by WaveMachine Labs. In terms of the specification and feature list, this is perhaps the first iOS DAW/sequencer that crosses over into the capabilities of a fully-fledged desktop recording package.... No, perhaps not the top-end Logic Pro or Cubase Pro or the like, but certainly a feature set that matches the lower/middle ground of the desktop DAW/sequencer marketplace. Oh, and … [Read more...]

Egoist update – Sugar Bytes bring their brilliant iOS groove instrument up-to-date

Sugar Bytes have built quite a fan base amongst iOS musicians with apps such as Effectrix (a step-based multi-effects sequencer), Turnado (real-time multi-effects), Thesys (a very powerful step-sequencer plugin), Cyclop (their mono/bass synth instrument) and Unique (a powerful synth). Their other headline app - Egoist - which I reviewed when it was released, caused quite a stir and, if you are into electronic music production combining sliced loops, bass grooves and drum beats, the app ought … [Read more...]

DM1 update – Fingerlab add further tweaks to their iOS drum machine app

Fingerlab have released a further update to their excellent DM1 drum machine app over the week-end. Fingerlab have always kept up a pretty steady pace with regular updates to DM1 and, while I did a full review of DM1 way back when, the principles of the app remain the same. This is a cool, sample-based, drum machine that's both easy to use, easy to do song construction with and, over the course on many updates, has built a petty comprehensive collection of drum samples/kits covering a huge … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus gets iOS11 fine-tuning

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project. Second, Audiobus 3 supports Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making … [Read more...]