Mastering the basics – Positive Grid and Berklee Online provides some Final Touch tutorials

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I must be in a bit of an educational mood this morning....  As I posted a couple of days ago, Positive Grid have released an update to Final Touch taking the app to v. 1.1.3. They have, however, also been collaborating with the online section of the world-renown Berklee College of Music who have recently started to offer a course based around iOS music making. As a bit of a teaser for both Final Touch and the course, Positive Grid and Berklee have released a series of videos on YouTube that … [Read more...]

Bottom end balance – free mixing video guides from iZotope

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If you happen to run a desktop music production system alongside your mobile system, the odds are you will have heard of iZotope....  The company are the developers behind Ozone which is perhaps the best-selling 'all-in-one' mastering plugin available for Windows/OSX. I've used it myself for a a number of years and it is incredibly powerful. Under iOS, perhaps the equivalent functions are provided by Positive Grid's Final Touch and Igor Vasiliev's Audio Mastering.... iZotope also make other … [Read more...]

Bargain time – Igor Vasiliev’s iOS audio effects apps on limited-time sale

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Regular readers here will be very familiar with indie developer Igor Vasiliev and his excellent range of iOS music apps. These include Master Record, Audio Mastering, AltiSpace and Master FX, all of which I have reviewed previously here on the blog. More recently, Igor has released the interesting, excellent, and just a bit mad, SoundScaper - a sound design toolkit in a app - and that more experimental iOS music makes (oh, and sound designers!) have been having a lot of fun with. Anyway, with … [Read more...]

Arpeggist launched – VirSyn add a dedicated MIDI arpeggio arp to their iOS music app catalog

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As I posted a few days ago, a number of the rather excellent iOS music apps from VirSyn are currently on a pretty significant sale. This includes VirSyn's iOS mega-synth app Tera Synth alongside apps such as microTERA (a waveshapping synth and currently 50% off), Harmony Voice (pitch shifter and automatic harmony generation; also 50% off) and Addictive Synth (50% off). Some of these app features a very well featured arpeggiator function. It might not be in quite the same class as Sugar Bytes … [Read more...]

Gadget update – quick fix to Gadget and SALE still on

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Korg certainly made quite a splash with Gadget (their brilliant all-in-one electronic music production app) and Module (probably the best sample-based virtual instrument now available for iOS) during 2014. And, if the initial reaction to the new iM1 for iPad (a virtual recreation of their classic M1 hardware synth) is anything to go by, then they have knocking it out the park with this app also (full review to follow as soon as I can). Gadget received an update on the 25th of May to … [Read more...]

Animoog update – Moog Music’s classic synth app gets some tweaks

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While iOS music apps have only been with us for a few years, I think there are still a number of candidates that still deserve to be given a 'classic' status. One of those is undoubtedly Moog Music's Animoog. This iOS synth is available in both iPad (UK£22.99) and a streamlined iPhone version (UK£4.49) and, as a 35MB download, would find a home on even the most highly stuffed of iOS devices. The iPad version (shown here in the various screenshots) has been around on the App Store since … [Read more...]

Alchemy update – add-ons for Camel Audio’s iOS synth should now be available for re-install

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Unfortunately, the music business (including the music technology business), like all forms of business environment, often sees businesses that cease trading. There might be all sorts of reasons for this, whether they be financial, technical or personal but, if you have been using the products made by a company that doesn't survive, you can be left hanging. One recent example that effected many iOS musicians was the demise of Camel Audio. Camel had a pretty long track record in music … [Read more...]

Gumdrops giveaway – 10 copies of beat-making drum machine app from Hanson Interactive up for grabs

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I did a catch-up review of the rather excellent Gumdrops last week here on the blog. This is an interesting beat-making drum machine app from developers Hanson Interactive. Priced at just UK£3.99, Gumdrops was first launched back in August 2014 and I have to admit that, at the time, I totally missed it. Having recently been nudged via an exchange with a regular reader so uses the app on a regular basis, however, I thought I’d put that right… and I’m both glad I did and a tad ticked off with … [Read more...]

SynthMaster Player review – KV331 Audio bring their synth preset player to the iPad

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Not everyone who plays a synth aspires to be a synth programmer. Many musicians just want their synths to be a source of top-notch presets that, if required, they can tweak a couple of key parameters on and, otherwise, just get on with the job of creating music. Under iOS, we have some brilliant – and deeply programmable – synths but we also have some apps that are more about collections of presets than any detailed editing. Apps such as Roland’s Sound Canvas for iOS, for example, does a decent … [Read more...]