News from NAMM – iOS-related news from the annual trade show – part 2

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The NAMM show kicked off in California on Thursday and, as usual, amongst all the more generic music technology news, announcements and launches, there has also been some related stuff. Some of the specific things that have really caught my eye I'll post separate news items about (such as the official launches of the Casio CZ app and UVI's BeatHawk) but there are other things that might appeal to the iOS musician. I did a post yesterday on my own selection from Day 1...  and here is a similar … [Read more...]

Oriental Strings and iSymphonic Orchestra updated – sound tweaks and universal operation introduced

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Crudebyte caused quite a stir back in August when their iSymphonic Orchestra app was launched. The app's blurb promised a lot and, while the sounds in the initial release were most certainly very impressive, it perhaps wasn't until the first update for the app appeared in November, that it perhaps started to deliver on the obvious potential of the sample playback engine. Crudebyte have obviously put some considerable work into the sample playback engine that iSymphonic Orchestra is built upon … [Read more...]

Flux:FX update – creative multi-effects gets some tweaks – and is still 25% off for NAMM

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I’ve reviewed Flux:FX from Noiise on the blog a couple of weeks ago. Flux:FX is a multi-effects unit and would appeal to the same sorts of musicians/sound designer types as something like Turnado, Effectrix, csSpectral or birdStepper. And, as a concluded at the end of the review, it is a pretty impressive app; slick, powerful but also pretty easy to use. It probably falls more naturally into the ‘creative’ category but, given that it offers some more conventional effects types as part of the … [Read more...]

News from NAMM – iOS-related news from the annual trade show – part 1

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The NAMM show kicked off in California yesterday and, as usual, amongst all the more generic music technology news, announcements and launches, there has also been some related stuff. Some of the specific things that have really caught my eye I'll post separate news items about (such as the official launches of the Casio CZ app and UVI's BeatHawk) but I thought it would be interesting to provide at least some headlines for a few other things that might be of interest to the iOS musician. So, … [Read more...]

Deregulator update – left-field echo/delay/reverb effect from CKEK software gets limited!

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For the more experimentally minded, iOS has a number of very good audio effects apps that might appeal. For example, Turnado, EchoPad, Effectrix, Crystalline, birdStepper, Swoopster, WOW Filterbox and LiveFX might all fit in this particular box. I reviewed another candidate - Deregulator by CKEK software - back in June. With a pocket-money price (the app is currently UK£1.99), Deregulator could be described as a ‘spatial’ processor in that it focuses on stereo delay, echo and reverb effects. … [Read more...]

Egoist update – Sugar Bytes make audio import/export easier in their brilliant iOS groove instrument

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Sugar Bytes have built quite a fan base in amongst iOS musicians with apps such as Effectrix (a step-based multi-effects sequencer), Turnado (real-time multi-effects) and Thesys (a very powerful step-sequencer plugin). Their latest release - Egoist - which I reviewed a few weeks ago, has already caused quite a stir and, if you are into electronic music production combining sliced loops, bass grooves and drum beats, the new app ought to be right up your street. While Egoist will not be the … [Read more...]

BeatHawk launch – UVI bring a new beat making app to iOS

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If you have hung around music technology for any length of time then you will be familiar with the UVI brand. The company specialise in soundware products for computer based musicians including the UVI Workstation sample playback/virtual instrument system. Given their track record on the desktop, it is perhaps not so surprising that the company are now taking an interest in iOS and their first iOS music app - BeatHawk - has been launched today on the first day of the NAMM show. With its 16 … [Read more...]

CZ App for iPad launch – Casio bring their classic CZ synthesis to iOS

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If you are a musician of a certain age - or maybe just a bit of a digital synth nerd - they you may well have a soft spot for the Casio CZ101. This tiny synth was a bit of a revolution when it launched in 1984 with its phase distortion synth engine. Bigger models based upon the same engine followed and it undoubtedly obtained its 'classic' status in the years that followed. I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I recently sold my own CZ101 (originally bought 2nd hand many years ago) as part of … [Read more...]

Flux:FX sale – creative multi-effects app from developer Noiise 25% off for NAMM

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I’ve reviewed Flux:FX from Noiise on the blog a couple of weeks ago. Flux:FX is a multi-effects unit and would appeal to the same sorts of musicians/sound designer types as something like Turnado, Effectrix, csSpectral or birdStepper. And, as a concluded at the end of the review, it is a pretty impressive app; slick, powerful but also pretty easy to use. It probably falls more naturally into the ‘creative’ category but, given that it offers some more conventional effects types as part of the … [Read more...]