Music IO update – first look at v.1.2 of the MIDI+audio-over-USB system

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On the back of what seems to be a change of policy at Apple HQ, iOS developers now seem able to make use if the standard ‘sync’ USB cable connection between an iOS device and a desktop computer for more than just iTunes File Sharing. For iOS musicians, as we have seen over the last month or so, that has resulted in a number of apps that allow MIDI and audio data to be transferred between iPad (for example) and desktop music production system. Admittedly, most of this rather interested action … [Read more...]

Chordion update – Olympia Noise Co’s MIDI performance app gets some tweaks – and v.2.0 is on the way

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As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, my keyboard skills are not going to win me any prizes. As a consequence, apps like Chordion - by Olympia Noise Co - appeal to me as they provide a viable alternative for touchscreen MIDI performances but without the confines of a traditional (virtual) keyboard. There are a good few apps that fall into this category; Synthecaster, SoundPrism Pro, ChordPolyPad and Gestrument, for example. However, Chordion has always been a personal … [Read more...]

SoundScaper giveaway – 5 copies of Igor Vasiliev’s experimental sound mini lab up for grabs

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I reviewed Igor Vasiliev’s latest iOS music app here on the Music App Blog just after it was launched and, as I mentioned last week, it has just been updated to v.1.2 last week. SoundScaper is ‘an experimental sound mini lab’ and you get a series of tools for creating soundscapes, drones, glitches, ambient textures and just plain weird noises. While it is undoubtedly a bit of a niche product, it has to be said the SoundScaper is also something of a triumph. If you have an experimental streak … [Read more...]

Audiomux updated – first look at multi-channel support in AppBC’s audio over USB app for iOS and OSX

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I posted a full review of AppBC's Audiomux iOS music app a few weeks ago. Audiomux allows you to stream audio between your iOS device and OSX desktop computer using nothing more than the standard USB charging cable that is supplied with your iPad or iPhone. It also complements AppBC's Midimux app that does the same sort of data transfer for MIDI data. Both apps seems to work very well from the off and, used together, they make integrating your iOS music making technology and your desktop … [Read more...]

Enkl teaser – Klevgränd Produktion get creative in teaser video for new mono synth

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Klevgränd Produktion will be well known to regular iOS music makers because of their excellent Vandelay, SquashIt, R0Verb and Svep iOS music app audio effects, all of which I have reviewed here previously in the blog. Their latest offering – titled Weeel – and that I reviewed earlier this week, is a slightly different product; a simple, but very useful, MIDI utility app that provides you with a single X-Y control pad that can be used to generate MIDI pitch bend data and modulation wheel … [Read more...]

Loopy Masterpiece – Michael Tyson posts a further video with more details of new app in development

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I don't know about you but I'm really enjoying the regular videos from Michael Tyson about the development process for his 'app-in-development' - Loopy Masterpiece. Michael is also obviously enjoying the process and is getting some useful feedback from potential users about his current plans and the various design choices he has already described. Michael has promised to post regular updates so I'll simply embed the new videos here as and when they appear with the most recent one shown at the … [Read more...]

BIAS FX teaser – Positive Grid reveal teaser video for new virtual FX modelling software

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As I posted a few days ago, Positive Grid have announced a new guitarist-friendly software application to complement their excellent BIAS guitar amp designer and JamUp Pro guitar amp/cab/effects modeller. The new app is BIAS FX it it is (I think) intended to sit alongside BIAS to provide a collection of virtual effects options to go with the amp modelling that BIAS already provides. There is, of course, also a version of BIAS made for desktop computers (BIAS Desktop surprisingly enough) … [Read more...]

SoundScaper update – Igor Vasiliev adds further new features to his ‘experimental sound mini lab’ app

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I've reviewed a number of Igor Vasiliev's iOS music apps here on the blog including Audio Mastering, AltiSpace, Master FX and Master Record. All these apps are excellent and deliver excellent performance combined with equally excellent value for money in a straightforward, no fuss, fashion. Igor most recent release was SoundScaper which I reviewed back in February just after it appeared on the App Store. This app is a bit of a departure from the more conventional audio effects processing apps … [Read more...]

Cyclop review – Sugar Bytes port their monster monophonic bass synth to iOS – and throw in a game for free

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Sugar Bytes have a bit of a cult following amongst desktop musicians. Their various virtual instruments and effects appeal to the more experimental electronic music producer and, whatever your own particular take on the products, the approach is always slightly left-of-centre (in a good way), always interesting, always deep (that is, there is a learning curve required) and often requires good eyesight (er… the user interfaces have a lot packed into a small space). A good number of these … [Read more...]