Guitarism updated – Rhism bring their playable guitar app up to date

Well, today has already been quite an interesting one for my personal iOS music app preferences. Not only has Oscilab (a long-term favourite) recieved a welcome update after a period of quiet, but  Guitarism by Rhism (another long-term favourite) has also been updated. I reviewed Guitarism quite some time ago and the basic principle of how the app is played hasn't really changed too much since then so, if you are new to the app, then have a look through the original review to get up to speed. … [Read more...]

Oscilab update – 2beat bring their excellent EDM production app up to date

As I posted back in May 2014 when it was first launched, Oscilab - from developer 2beat - brings a very interesting, novel, and very intuitive approach to the creation of electronic music.  The interface looks fabulous and the app provides a combination of electronic-style sounds based upon modelled analog synthesis, samples and drum sounds. Indeed, I enjoyed working with Oscilab so much that it was a shoe-in for my personal 'top 10 new music apps released in 2014' list back in January 2015. … [Read more...]

Miroslav Philharmonik 2 IAP review – can you cram an orchestra into an IOS app?

If money is no object, then you can take your pick of some truly wonderful sample-based virtual instruments for Windows/OSX that bring the sound of a full orchestra to your computer (actually, if money is no object, you would book a real orchestra, but that’s a different conversation!). At their very best – and full-exploited by a skilful composer – most listeners might find it difficult to distinguish between the computer-generated musical performance and ‘the real thing’, especially if they … [Read more...]

TC-11 update – Bit Shape fine-tune their flagship performance-based synth app

As I mentioned some time ago when reporting on the v.2.0.3 update of TC-11, I have a bit of a guilt trip about never having got around to reviewing Bit Shape's rather interesting iPad synth app. The app is priced at UK£18.99/US$24.99 - in the upper end of the iOS synth price bracket. However, if you like your synths, and in particular, your performance interfaces, to fully exploit what the touchscreen has to offer musicians, then TC-11 is most certainly worth a look. The unique feature of the … [Read more...]

DM2 update – further tweaks for Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app

I was hugely impressed when I reviewed DM2 drum synth from Pascal Douillard's Audionomy development team on initial release. DM2 made a brilliant debut and, while it has enough features to keep the more experienced drum programmers happy, it is also very accessible to those new to drum machine programming or drum synthesis. Of course, DM2 also offered Audiobus, IAA, MIDI in/out, MIDI Clock sync and (hooray!) Ableton Link from the off. DM2 comes with a beautiful looking design thanks to Jonas … [Read more...]

Earhoof update – Psicada fine-tune their novel virtual instrument

There are lots of what you might call ‘conventional’ virtual instruments available on the App Store; virtual pianos, software recreations of hardware synths, strum-able guitars, for example. However, Earhoof - from developer Psicada - and currently priced at UK£3.99/US$4.99,  is not one of them. I reviewed Earhoof when it was first released in March 2014 and, while it looks like some sort of virtual toaster, what you actually get is a rather intriguing - and very playable - rhythm instrument. … [Read more...]

Afro Latin Drum Machine update – latin rhythms app from Luis Martinez gets Ableton Link support

Luis Martinez has a series of ‘drum’ apps that sort of sit between the ‘virtual drummer’ and sample-based drum machines and, in many ways, offer something that is a bit of the best of both. I’ve reviewed Rock Drum Machine, Rock Drum Machine 3, Brazilian Drum Machine and Funk Drummer previously. One other title in the catalogue has been Afro Latin Drum Machine 3…. and I reviewed this back in April 2016 when v.3.0 bought a major update, adding a range of new features and new preset rhythms. … [Read more...]

DM2 update – further tweaks for Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app

I was hugely impressed when I reviewed DM2 drum synth from Pascal Douillard's Audionomy development team on initial release. DM2 made a brilliant debut and, while it has enough features to keep the more experienced drum programmers happy, it is also very accessible to those new to drum machine programming or drum synthesis. Of course, DM2 also offered Audiobus, IAA, MIDI in/out, MIDI Clock sync and (hooray!) Ableton Link from the off. DM2 comes with a beautiful looking design thanks to Jonas … [Read more...]

DM1 update – Fingerlab tweak the Ableton Link support to their iOS drum machine app

Fingerlab have always kept up a pretty steady pace with regular updates to their very popular DM1 iOS drum machine app. I did a full review of DM1 way back when and 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 range of musical styles. And, while we have recently seen DM2 … [Read more...]