Midiflow Adapter launched – new Audiobus 3 MIDI compatibility utility app from Johannes Doerr

I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 just after it launched. One of the key new features of Audiobus 3 is MIDI routing; as with the audio routing options that Audiobus originally made its name with, the new version also allows you to route MIDI data between sources and destinations. This is a cool new feature and I'm sure will help a lot of iOS musicians to make a little bit more sense of these 'virtual' MIDI connections. As I also mentioned in a post, a suite of 8 MIDI utility apps from … [Read more...]

Navichord update – further refinements added to the excellent iOS chord and harmony exploration app

I reviewed Navichord here on the Music App Blog back in September 2014. The original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – but the design is so simple and elegant that, even though it was (at that stage) more of an educational tool or idea pad, rather than an actual musical instrument, it is a pleasure to use. The first major update - taking the app to v.1.1 - turned the app into a 'MIDI … [Read more...]

JamUp Pro update – Positive Grid brings some tweaks to their original guitar rig modeller app

Positive Grid took a bit of flack from some of their user-base when they launched BIAS FX - which many JamUp Pro users saw as JamUp Pro v.2' - as a new app. Some existing users were (a) concerned that their investment in JamUp Pro would eventually be lost because the app would not be maintained alongside BIAS FX, (b) that their IAP purchases in JamUp Pro would transfer across to BIAS FX and (c) that they were not provided with an 'upgrade' pricing structure to move across to BIAS FX as a reward … [Read more...]

Thor update – Propellerhead bring OS and Audiobus tweaks to their flagship iOS synth

Regular readers here will know that I'm a bit of a fan of Propellerhead's Thor - the iOS port of the same synth that is a well-established part of the Reason desktop music production system. Indeed, Thor is amongst my favourite iOS synths to date. You can read the full review of Thor here but it is a powerful, deeply programmable virtual synth that is capable of a fabulous range of sounds. Whether used in a recording context or for live performance, this is big enough and bold enough to work … [Read more...]

Poseidon update – VirSyn’s ocean of sound gets Ableton Link – and 40% OFF SALE pricing

VirSyn will be well known to the majority of computer-based musicians whether you work on the desktop or a mobile platform such as iOS. The company have an extensive portfolio of iOS music apps covering a number of different synths, audio effects and a dedicated arpeggiator app. Many of these apps are iOS-sized ports of VirSyn’s desktop virtual instruments and effects and I’ve reviewed a good number of them here on the blog over the last four years or so including the impressive Poseidon. … [Read more...]

Mitosynth update – hybrid iOS synth from Wooji Juice Ltd gets further fine-tuning

Wooji Juice's Mitosynth iOS music app has been with us for a couple of years now. I was very impressed with the app when I reviewed it just after it was released. Mitosynth looked great, sounded great (especially if you are into sound design and sound textures) and played nicely with other iOS music apps via Audiobus. It also provides a novel set of sound design tools that, while easy to use, provide a tremendous amount of flexibility for the keen programmer. It might not be my recommendation … [Read more...]

ToneStack updated – Yonac bring Audiobus 3 support to their iOS guitar amp sim

Developer Yonac have gained a dedicated following with their ToneStack guitar amp sim app since it first hit the iTunes App Store back in 2014. It sounds very good indeed - up there with the best of the guitar amp sim apps such as BIAS FX, AmpliTube or Mobile POD - that iOS currently has to offer. It launched with a solid set of virtual equipment, a bunch of excellent IAPs, Audiobus and IAA support and, as a universal app, this is an iOS music app that lots of iPad or iPhone wielding guitar … [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. IKM have a desktop version of SampleTank … [Read more...]

Moog updates – AB3 tweaks all around and new features for Model 15

As we might expect, iOS music app developers are busy working away on updating their apps to ensure compatibility with the freshly minted Audiobus 3. Latest off the block are Moog and Animoog, Filtatron and Model 15 have all received updates on the App Store today. In Animoog, which was first released on the App Store in November 2011, they created one of the most authentic, analog-sounding, iOS synths to date and, with their innovative use of a virtual keyboard, paved the way for other … [Read more...]