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...]

SongSheet update – Ghostdust’s popular song cataloguing app get iOS11 support

There are lots of ways of keeping track of your song charts whether those are all the covers you play in your gigging band or your own songs. However, if you want a convenient, and gig-friendly, digital format, then the is an app for that; SongSheet. I've reviewed SongSheet by developer Ghostdust previously on the blog so if you have not checked out the app  then do take a read. SongSheet is, however, more than just a cataloging app; it is also a very useful notepad system for songwriters as a … [Read more...]

djay Pro updated – algoriddim’s popular DJ app gets iOS11 tweaks

One of the first apps that I reviewed on the Music App Blog back in early 2012 was djay by algoriddim. As I said at the time, I don't lay any great claim to be a practicing DJ but the app - with its virtual decks, easy tempo matching and fun effects - is a ball to to use. It is, so a couple of my DJ friends tell me, also a pretty powerful platform for actually doing a live set and, hooked up to a decent hardware control surface, can easily form the control centre os a decent rig. Developer … [Read more...]

iOS11 delivery day – more ‘stick or twist’ decisions for iOS musicians?

As I'm sure every iOS musician is aware, iOS11 is due to be released later today and, around 6pm UK time (adjust accordingly for your own time zone) it ought to be available to download for any of the iOS hardware that will support the new version. That pretty much means iPhone 5S, iPad Air, or iPod Touch 6th gen. or newer. For general use - whether that's on your iPhone or iPad - there is little reason not to update as iOS11 has some cool new features. The new drag and drop features for … [Read more...]