Arctic ProSynth update – One Red Dog Media add iOS10 support to their excellent synth app

I reviewed Arctic ProSynth from One Red Dog Media when it was first released and I was impressed by the combination of powerful, aggressive analog synth sounds and the balance struck between the degree of editing control offered and the ease with which that editing could be accessed. One Red Dog kept regular updates coming for the app for quite a while, with a combination of new features and technical improvements to build on the original release. These were always good to see but the basic … [Read more...]

zMors Modular update – modular iOS synth goes universal

Regular readers might recall that I reviewed Sven Braun's zMors Modular (currently UK£9.99/US$9.99) some time ago here on the blog. Sven is also the developer behind the rather cool zMors Synth (also UK£9.99) that I've reviewed in the past here on the Music App Blog; a somewhat quirky and retro synth but with a well-thought out interface is easy to use even for newbie synth programmers. I'm not sure the same can be said of zMors Modular (or, indeed, any modular synth) as it is really a DIY … [Read more...]

Brazilian Drum Machine updated – Luis Martinez tweaks his Latin American iOS drum app

I’ve covered a whole bunch of different drum, percussion and groove-based apps here on the Music App Blog over the last couple of years or so. However, if you are after a straightforward take on drums where the results are pretty much instant and song construction requires no pattern programming, then you would be hard pressed to find something better than the various genre-themed drum apps from Luis Martinez. One of these is the excellent Brazilian Drum Machine. This is a universal app and … [Read more...]

Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs offer new FabFilter reverb in their iOS mega-DAW

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...]

SampleTank update – tweaks and new sounds for IK Multimedia’s sample-based virtual instrument

With RAM at a bit of a premium in older iOS hardware, the iPad or iPhone is perhaps not the platform to expect the most sophisticated of sample-based instruments to exist. However, that hasn't stopped a number of iOS music app developers from trying to squeeze as much performance out of the hardware as is possible. IK Multimedia's SampleTank is an excellent example; as a diverse source of sample-based instrument sounds, it does a very respectable job. The app was updated to v.2.0..0 in … [Read more...]

midiSTEPs update – beautifully designed four-part iOS MIDI sequencer from Art Kerns gets further new features

I reviewed midiSTEPs on the blog just after it was released. There is some considerable iOS pedigree behind midiSTEPs as the developer is Art Kerns who will be well known to regular iOS musicians through apps such as midiLFOs and Funkbox, both of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past. MidiSTEPs, at one level, is a fairly conventional step-based pattern sequencer with patterns featuring up to 64 steps (with control over step-length relative to the musical grid) and you can … [Read more...]

bs-16i update – further refinements for bismark’s multi-timbral virtual instrument

I mentioned bismark's bs-16i 16-part multi-timbral sample-based music app in my 'virtual instrument round-up' article some time ago. Given how blessed we are with some excellent iOS synth apps and the fact that we are starting to see some very high quality sample-based instruments appearing for iOS - with apps such as Korg Module now leading the way on that front - you could be forgiven for not getting overly excited by an app such as bs-16i based on the (fairly) humble SoundFont. With an app … [Read more...]

TC-11 update – Bit Shape go ‘quick load’ with 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£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 … [Read more...]

Cassini update – iceWorks tweak their original synth app

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...]