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

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 it … [Read more...]

Audiobus 3 updated – iconic iOS music app gets some fine-tuning

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the bering of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version has 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 will now support 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...]

FunkBox updated – Synthetic Bits bring their classic iOS drum machine up to date

I must admit to a bit of a soft spot for FunkBox. It was one of the first drum machine apps I explored on my iPhone (and then iPad) and I rather like the disco-friendly, retro styling; this definitely has a classic drum machine vibe. It also sounds the part with a solid selection of classic drum sounds available in a good number of preset kits. The pattern-based editing is simple yet flexible and there are some nice performance options that make pattern creation a pretty painless affair. It … [Read more...]

BeatHawk giveaway results – one lucky winner of a full bundle of app and all IAP sample content

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

Egoist update – Sugar Bytes bring new features to their brilliant iOS groove instrument

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) and Cyclop (their mono/bass synth instrument). Oh, and there is also the brand new Unique (well, brand new for iOS; the desktop version has been around for some time) which I hope to do a full review of soon..... Their other headline app - Egoist - which I reviewed when it was … [Read more...]

SynthMaster Player update – KV331 Audio bring Audiobus 3 support to their iOS synth preset player

I reviewed SynthMaster Player from KV331 Audio some time ago here on the Music App Blog. The SynthMaster line exists on the desktop in a plugin format and includes both the ‘Player’ version (around the US$30 mark) that is the basis for the port to iOS and the ‘full’ version that is both more expensive (starting at about US$129) but also fully programmable. The iOS ‘Player’ version is a free download as includes 100 preset sounds and you get 100 more when you register the app (done via the … [Read more...]

iMini updated – Arturia tweak the Audiobus support in their iOS Minimoog recreation

We have a stack of excellent iOS synth apps available on the App Store and, amongst them, are some truly excellent recreations of classic hardware synths from the past. There are a number of developers that specialise in this sort of product, both on the desktop and under iOS, but Arturia are certainly amongst the top-tier in this regard. I've reviewed iMini, iSEM and iProphet here on the blog in the past (and Arturia also make the excellent iSpark drum machine) and all are excellent. They … [Read more...]

BeatHawk giveaway – 1 full bundle – app and all IAP sample content – to be won

I posted a full review of UVI's BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. I was hugely impressed with the app. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI struck a brilliant balance between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they adopted in the initial release....  and as it allows you to include melodic instruments within your projects, this is, in reality, much more than just a beat/groove … [Read more...]

midiFILTr-PG launched – interesting iOS MIDI ‘randomiser’ from Art Kerns

Art Kerns will be well known to regular iOS music apps users through his excellent midiSTEPs, midiLFOs and Funkbox, all of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. Art has a couple of other iOS music apps on the App Store in what's becoming a bit of a series - the mididFILTr apps - thet first two of which were aimed at Volca FM and Volca sample users. However, a third app in this series has arrived on the App Store today - midiFILTr-PG - and this might have a somewhat … [Read more...]