SessionBand flash sale – all SessionBand apps currently at pocket money price

Yes, this is a post about the SessionBand apps...  and the fact that, for a very limited time, they are on a 'silly sale'... but, just for a minute, indulge me while I provide a bit of background.... If you have ever played one of the more 'consumer' orientated electric keyboards, you will be familiar with the concept of 'auto-accompaniment'; you play some chords and the keyboard does its best to add some bass and drums (for example). Way back when, perhaps 'cheesy' would have been the best … [Read more...]

Tiger-lily Tremolo review – the ‘flora’ project iOS music app collection gets a further addition

I've no idea where the whole 'flora' theme comes from for developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews but there series of stripped-down, stompbox ethic, iOS audio effects apps are all very good indeed. I've reviewed all the apps in the series  - Cactus Chorus, Phlox Phaser, Buttercup Bitcrush and Dahlia Delay - previous here on the blog and, at UK£0.79 each, they are about as an obvious casual purchase as you are likely to find. The series was expanded yesterday with the arrival of a new … [Read more...]

Mobile Convolution Reverb giveaway – five copies of quality reverb app up for grabs

Reverb is one of the most important audio effects processors used in modern music recording and, fortunately for us iOS music makers, the App Store is blessed with some very respectable reverb effects apps and what are, frankly, quite ridiculously inexpensive prices. A reviewed one such candidate for your collection a few days ago - Mobile Convolution Reverb by LiquidSonics - and was very impressed with the app. Indeed, it really is quite remarkable just how good a convolution reverb costing … [Read more...]

VocaLive update – IK Multimedia bring iOS9 support to their excellent vocal processing app – and still at a bargain price

I originally reviewed IK Multimedia's VocaLive app wap back in August 2013 here on the Music App Blog and I've covered a number of updates since then. I've looked at the iPad version but there is also a version for iPhone (VocaLive is not a universal app; the iPhone version has slightly different features). On both platforms, however, the intention is the same; to provide an all-in-one vocal processing suite aimed primarily (as the title suggests) at vocalists playing live but it is equally at … [Read more...]

IK Multimedia updates – iGrand and iLectric get iOS9 compatibility updates

When iOS8 appeared this time last year (and the world of iOS music making got a few extra lumps in it), IK Multimedia took quite some time to tweak some of the app in their impressive iOS music app catalogue. This included both iGrand and iLectric, which was quite a shame as, alongside the likes of Korg's Module, these are amongst the very best sample-based virtual piano apps that we have available under iOS. Things have happened a little more quickly this time around however and, while all … [Read more...]

ChordPolyPad update – Laurent Colson adds iOS9 support to his MIDI performance app

One of my favourite MIDI performance apps is ChordPolyPad and I did a full review the app a while back. The essence of ChordPolyPad is very simple; you get 8 banks of 16 pads into which you can define any chord you like with full control over how that chord is voiced (the number of notes and their spread across the MIDI note range). You can switch from the main ‘editing’ display (where the pads dominate the upper-left portion of the interface) to a ‘performance’ view (where the pads fill … [Read more...]

FM4 updated – Primal Audio add some iOS9 tweaks to their FM-based synth

There are all sorts of different types of sound synthesis but, if you are of a certain age, then I expect you will have a fondness for the Yamaha DX series from the 1980s the the FM synthesis engines upon which they were built. If these are sounds you hanker after, then Primal Audio's FM4 iOS synth for iPad, which I reviewed when it was first released, may well of been of interest. FM4 features - surprise, surprise - a four operator FM synth engine and attempts to model the same gritty sound … [Read more...]

MultitrackStudio for iPad update – Giel Bremmers iOS recording app provides Audio Units hosting under iOS9

We have a number of good iOS DAW/recording/sequencing apps available to us. What makes the 'right' app for you will, of course, depend upon exactly what that 'job' is. The few high-profile examples aside (Cubasis, Garageband for iPad and Auria (audio only at present but MIDI will hopefully be arriving shortly in the 'Pro' version), there are a number of other worthy contenders and one of these is MultitrackStudio by developer Giel Bremmers. As I posted back in April, the app underwent a … [Read more...]

DFX updated – Fingerlab bring a further update for their creative multi-effects iOS music app

I posted a full review of Fingerlab's 'DFX - Digital Multi-FX' iOS music app when it was first released. No prizes for guessing what the app does - DFX is a creative audio multi-effects processor - but, at UK£2.99, and with a very smooth and easy-to-use interface, this really is creative multi-effects for the iOS masses. I also did a roundup article a good while ago looking at the best of the current crop of iOS music apps that fall into the 'creative' category and I'm going to have to update … [Read more...]