iOS virtual instrument apps roundup

If you have subscribed to the Music App Blog email newsletter then you will have obtained a copy of our free guide titled ’25 iOS music apps to get you started’. This guide is now in its second edition (I updated it in May 2014) but, as keen eyed readers will have noted (err….  or anyone who can actually count) there are actually rather more than 25 apps listed in the guide. The reason for this is (a) quite simple and (b) rather wonderful. It’s simple because the iTunes App Store has a … [Read more...]

Figure music app gets aboard the Audiobus

If you read my original review of Propelerhead’s Figure music app you will know that I’m a bit of a fan. It’s not that the app is a fully featured music production system – it’s far from it in fact – but it was one of the best examples of an app designer thinking outside the box in terms of the playing interface. In short, Propellerhead made brilliant use of the touchscreen to provide an instrument that a novice musician could coax a dance tune out of and a more serious musician could dig into. … [Read more...]

Korg iMS-20 analog synth – music app review

Korg’s original hardware MS-20 was released in 1978 and, in the world of analog synthesisers, became a bit of a classic. As a two-oscillator monophonic synth, it shared some similarities with the more up-market ARP 2600 including the ability to re-patch the signal in various ways. This, along with a shed load of knobs, made for a very flexible synth that offered some excellent options for keen programmers, without being so over-the-top, that novice users would be too intimidated. With a ‘who’s … [Read more...]

NanoStudio from Blip Interactive – music app review

Garageband aside, at the time of writing, there is probably one other iDevice music app that has built itself a substantial following – Blip Interactive’s NanoStudio. While the next few months will undoubtedly bring a slew of new options, the app was one of the first serious virtual recording environments for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and, as such, established itself an early foothold. Of course, there are now a lot of other recording/music composition tools available, so is NanoStudio … [Read more...]

Music app review – Figure by Propellerheads

If you are into the creation of synth-based dance music the odds are that, at some stage, you will have explored Propellerheads Reason software on the Mac or PC. Reason features some fabulous software synths, samplers, drum machines and effects so it has always been an excellent environment for electronic music producers. In the last couple of years, Propellerheads have added audio recording (initially via their Record software and now embedded directly within Reason itself) so Reason now … [Read more...]

GarageBand for iPad – music app review

If you are a musician with a smartphone or tablet device, there is an abundance of music apps to tempt you. However, for Apple device owners, one such app is difficult to miss – GarageBand. For Mac users, GarageBand has been around for some time, making up one third of the ‘creative’ iLife suite that also includes iMovie and iPhoto. On the Mac, all three programs are highly regarded but perhaps considered more consumer-level than ‘pro’ in nature – in essence, a stepping stone from which novice … [Read more...]