I’m a self-confessed fan of Sugar Bytes and I think all of the iOS ports of their desktop music software. while occasionally requiring a set of reading glasses (for those of us of a certain age at least) are extremely well done and very creative. I’ve reviewed Turnado, Effectrix, WOW Filterbox, Thesys, Egoist and Cyclop on the Music App Blog at one stage or another. These are all brilliant and I use all of them on a regular basis (as well as the desktop versions of Egoist, Turnado and Thesys).
Sugar Bytes are not a developer that pops updates onto the App Store every week so, when you do come, I suspect that they might have been pretty well beta-tested and are ready to rool. That does, however, mean we sometimes have to wait a little longer than we might like…. and today’s update to Turnado is certainly one I’ve been hoping for for quite a while. Yay! v.1.3.5 – which arrived late yesterday – add support for Ableton Link :-)
Sugar Bytes obviously had the Ableton Link technology cracked some time ago as Cyclop got Link support back in January. However, Effectrix was updated with Link support just a couple of weeks ago so I had my fingers crossed that Turnado would not be far behind. Thankfully, that’s proved to be the case.
Having given the app a bit of a spin within AUM and with Patterning also running, the Ableton Link support seems to be working very well. As I changed tempo in Patterning, any time-based effects in Turnado simply followed that change… This is a real favourite app of mine when I’m looking for creative processing options so to see the Link support working was a real treat :-)
If you haven’t given any of these creative multi-effects apps from Sugar Bytes a try yet, then do check out the original reviews (Turnado, Effectrix) and the various posts on the previous updates. While they are all closer to the top-end of the usual iOS music app price range, I’d have no hesitation is saying they each offer good value. Turnado and Effectrix provide the more adventurous of music producer with a really wild ride in terms of audio effects.
All of Sugar Bytes software packs in a lot of features and, as a consequence, these apps do take some learning (although there is excellent PDF documentation) but, if you have an experimental streak in your electronic music productions, they are all brilliant. Highly recommend.