Quincy update – RoGame Software add Ableton Link support in their generative music composition app

I included Quincy (currently UK£3.99/US$4.99) from RoGame Software in my iOS generative music apps roundup a while ago. Quincy is a sort of abstract ambient music generator and the app uses an underlying algorithm that is based upon the Game of Life pattern generation process. You ‘seed’ the musical idea with a graphical pattern of cells and a set of rules are then applied that dictate which cells remain alive, which die and which new cells are ‘born’. And, as the pattern changes on the … [Read more...]

TC-11 update – Bit Shape add Audiobus 3 support to their flagship performance-based synth app

As I mentioned some time ago, I have a bit of a guilt trip about never having got around to reviewing Bit Shape's rather interesting iPad synth app TC-11. The app is priced at UK£23.99/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 app is the performance interface that … [Read more...]

Rock Drum Machine update – Luis Martinez’s ‘rock’ drum app goes to v.5

If you want instant acoustic drums suitable for your 'rock' (use that in a fairly broad sense of the word to cover various musical styles) then Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez is a very good option. The app provides a compact, streamlined, but very useable universal (iPad and iPhone) drum machine format but with sounds and styles aimed very much and the rock genre rather then electronic styles. Since my original review, Luis has continued to update the app and add all sorts of … [Read more...]

Jam Maestro update – David Blake’s tab-based sequencer gets Audiobus 3 support

I posted a review of the Jam Maestro v.3 update on the blog when it first appeared in spring of 2014. Jam Maestro has always been an interesting 'guitarist-friendly compositional tool' but, with v.3, it moved some significant steps forward. If you are a guitar player who likes to compose on the move or who wants a sequencing environment tailored to your view of the world rather than that of a keyboard player, then Jam Maestro is well worth checking out. Developer David Blake has continued to … [Read more...]

DM1 update – Fingerlab add Instruments Mode to their iOS drum machine app

IT's obviously 'drum app update day' (or something similar) as, alongside the DM2 update today, Fingerlab have also released an update to their excellent DM1 drum machine app. 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 … [Read more...]

DM2 update – Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app gets MIDI Learn

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...]

Laplace update – resonator synth from developer iceGear follows Redshrike

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)…. However, there are a number of very creditable alternatives to some of the more profile and well established competition and one such synth is Laplace, a resonator-based iOS synth app that I originally reviewed back in December 2014. iceGear/iceWorks have continued to developer … [Read more...]

ScalePlay update – RoGame add Ableton Link to their educational/generative iOS music app

I reviewed ScalePlay back in August 2016 and was happy to give a warm 'thumbs up' to RoGame and Arthur Roolfs for creating an interesting iOS music app that offers three distinct functions. First, it could be seen as a tool for musical education where, if you happen to play guitar, bass, violin, banjo, cello, double bass, mandolin, piano or viola, ScalePlay can help you develop some personalised scale-based exercises that would, with practice, undoubtedly improve your command of your … [Read more...]

Mood launched – apeSoft offer a fresh slice of their characteristic madness with new iOS synth

Unless you are very new to the world of iOS music apps, the odds are you already have a collection of synth apps that is more than sufficient for your needs (yep, me too). Unfortunately, for us self-confessed app addicts, developers are still keen to put temptation in front of us....  and the latest iOS synth offering is Mood from popular - if always somewhat left-of-centre - developer apeSoft. I've given quite a bit of coverage to apeSoft's iOS music app collection here on the blog over the … [Read more...]