Sensual Sax review – Embertone port their sensual sax to iOS

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Embertone - with collaboration from Blue Mangoo (a developer well know to iOS musicians through their iFretless apps) - have released a new virtual saxophone instrument for iOS. Creating realistic sounding solo instruments from samples can be quite a challenge. Sensual Sax is a sample-based virtual instrument any is launched at a fairly modest UK£3.99/US$4.99 price point. Embertone's background is in desktop virtual instruments and they have a line of … [Read more...]

FingerFiddle update – virtual string instrument from Matthias Demoucron gets fine-tuned

One of the real positives of the whole mobile music making revolution has been the way developers have exploited the touchscreen. This has involved virtual recreations of traditional instrument interfaces – piano keyboards and guitar strings, for example – but also providing us with totally new ways to trigger sounds or a music performance such as MIDI performance tools. One relatively new app that falls closer to the ‘recreation’ of the playing experience of a real instrument (rather than … [Read more...]

FingerFiddle review – new performance-based virtual instrument from Matthias Demoucron

One of the real positives of the whole mobile music making revolution has been the way developers have exploited the touchscreen. This has involved virtual recreations of traditional instrument interfaces – piano keyboards and guitar strings, for example – but also providing us with totally new ways to trigger sounds or a music performance such as MIDI performance tools. In the former group, we could put lots of apps including those synth/keyboard apps that present you with a touchscreen … [Read more...]

Borderlands Granular updated – v.2.0 hits the App Store 30 months after the original release

If you are a bit of an iOS music app addict then you might well have been aware of the 'coming soon...' status of Borderlands Granular as developer Chris Carlson has been sharing some information about the upcoming release via various social media outlets and on the app's website. Anyway, Borderlands Granular v.2.0 has hit the App Store today and will, I suspect, be something that iOS synth-heads and sound designers will find very interesting and quite possibly difficult to resist, whether … [Read more...]

Korg Module updated – high-quality IOS sound module gets some tweaks

Korg have an impressive array of iOS music apps available on the App Store. I use a number of these on a regular basis with Gadget perhaps being my favourite. However, they are all excellent and I'm also a big fan of the iMS-20 and iKaosillator. However, their most recent addition - Korg Module - caused just as much of a stir as Gadget when it was released in November last year. If you need to catch up,  I did a full review of Module and the two additional IAP expansion packs just after its … [Read more...]

Korg Module launched – new high-quality IOS sound module hits the App Store with launch pricing

Korg already have an impressive array of iOS music apps available on the App Store. I use a number of these on a regular basis with Gadget perhaps being my favourite. However, they are all excellent and I'm also a big fan of the iMS-20 and iKaosillator. Anyway, as Korg announced a week or so ago, their next iOS offering was to be Korg Module for iPad, a 'sound module' app that, initially at least, looks like it will focus of a particular range of keyboard sounds but do those at very high … [Read more...]

Korg Module for iPad announced – new high-quality iOS sound module app from the makers of Gadget

Korg already have an impressive array of iOS music apps available on the App Store. I use a number of these on a regular basis with Gadget perhaps being my favourite. However, they are all excellent and I'm also a big fan of the iMS-20 and iKaosillator. Anyway, if you are a fan of what Korg do then you will probably be very tempted by what will be their next iOS offering; Korg Module for iPad. This new app is apparently due to hit the App Store before the end of November and, as the name … [Read more...]

iFretless Sax review – Blue Mango blow some virtual iOS brass

I recently reviewed Blue Mango’s rather excellent iFretless Bass app. As it’s title suggests, this app provides a virtual bass instrument for iOS. The app has a sound palette that covers more than just fretless bass sounds (there are other electric basses, an acoustic bass and a few bass synths patches also) and the sounds themselves are full and round and contain plenty of bottom end when played back through a decent set of headphones or monitor speakers. The ‘fretless’ element of the title … [Read more...]

iFretless Bass music app review – virtual bass instrument from Blue Mango

When it comes to iOS music apps, some musicians do better than others. If you are a keyboard player, guitar player, recording fan or a drummer, then you are generally pretty well catered for. Others, perhaps, don’t have it quite so good. However, if you are a bass player, iFretless Bass - Blue Mango’s virtual bass instrument app – is an obvious candidate to consider. iFretless Bass has been around for some time. The first release appeared in March 2012, with v.2 posted in October 2012. Blue … [Read more...]