Sugar Bytes have updated the excellent Turnado iOS audio effects apps to v.1.1. The key addition in this release deals with one of the minor comments I made in my original review of the app – no support for a landscape display mode – as, thankfully, this is now available.
Landscape mode has been achieved by splitting the main screen into two halves and the user can simply toggle between them, with the upper portion of the original portrait display – containing the effects bank and the eight individual effects slots – simply being overlain on the lower portion (the transport controls and the four X-Y controller pads) as required. This all seems to work really well and, as the X-Y controllers are now slightly larger in landscape mode, they are a little easier to use for those of us with clumsy fingers :-)
The advantage of having a landscape display mode is obvious; most other iOS music apps seem to be optimised for a landscape view. For example, most synth apps with a virtual keyboard work best in this orientation, while DAWs such as Cubasis or Auria also tend to be easier to view as you see more of the timeline. When flicking between these various apps via Audiobus, it can be irritating to have to also physically change the orientation of your iPad. Indeed, if you have any other hardware and associated cables connected to the iPad (for example, an audio interface), it can be particularly problematic.
Anyway, thumbs up to Sugar Bytes for sorting this issue so quickly after the initial release. If you haven’t read the original review of the app, then you can find it here. It is an excellent multi-effects tool for iOS musicians and, if you like mangling your sounds in all sorts of creative ways, well worth adding to your app collection.for readers in North America for readers in Europe
For a quick demo of Turnado in action, then watch the video.