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Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Drums XD app review – Custom build your dream kit

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Yes, another drum app review. Wait, don’t go! Sure, I have featured DrumPerfect, and Rock Drum Machine, and Elastic Drums here on the site in the past, but Drums XD provides much of what is missing with those other apps. Drums XD does bring many innovative features to the table, and it sounds good to Rock On →

Rock Drum Machine gets another awesome update – Song Mode!

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Rock Drum Machine, which I reviewed back in September 2014, just got another awesome update – a song mode! This allows you to string together a series of patterns in an entire song. Rock Drum Machine has always been a great app to jam along to, but this makes it even better for creating an Rock On →

UVI’s BeatHawk for iPad finally arrives!

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The long-awaited BeatHawk from UVI has just been released. If you’re unfamiliar with BeatHawk, it is an MPC-style app designed for quick beats and tracks. With all due respect to UVI, ignore the slick marketing promotional video, and watch the tutorial videos instead (UVI YouTube channel here). Here’s one good look at the app in action, Rock On →

All-in-one mobile app roundup – A look at four great “on-the-go” iOS music apps

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This is the review that I never would have been able to write a few short years ago. First, before the invention of the iPhone, obviously this would not have been possible. Secondly, I’ve never been much of a fan of dance/EDM/electronic music. I grew up on Classic Rock and Metal. Give me “Back in Rock On →

Waldorf announces their new iOS app – iOS Attack

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Waldorf just made a big pre-NAMM splash with the announcement of their upcoming app called iOS Attack. This drum and percussion synth has been available on the desktop since 2001, and is scheduled to hit the App Store sometime in Q2 of this year. The app features a 16-step sequencer, with 24 different instruments to Rock On →

MicSwap Pro gets an update – Now Audiobus and IAA compatible

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I recently reviewed MicSwap and MicSwap Pro, a microphone emulation app that simulates different microphones. That review can be found here. In that review, I mentioned that I thought the app was a great entry into the iOS marketplace, as there really aren’t any mic sims available other than MicSwap. One of the others things Rock On →

synth-Q review – A wild new synth from Never Be Normal

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It’s easy these days in the iOS landscape for a new synth app to get lost in the crowd. There are just so many synths available, many of them producing similar sounds, that it takes something special to set it apart. The latest app from the aptly-named Never Be Normal, called synth-Q, definitely stands out Rock On →

Voice Jam Studio sponsored contest – Win pro audio gear from TC-Helicon and TC Electronic

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I have previously reviewed Voice Jam Studio by TC-Helicon, which is an effects app combined with a looper and video recording capabilities. It’s got all of the great effects from TC-Helicon that you’d expect, plus some pretty smart looping features. So, here’s some pretty exciting news. TC-Helicon is giving away $12,000 worth of pro audio gear Rock On →

Holderness Media apps – now available in ‘mini’ iPhone versions!

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Holderness Media has just released four new versions of their fantastic apps, now in iPhone form! While Echo Pad had previously been a Universal app, the other suite of apps had been iPad only – until now. Available today are Caramel Mini, Crystalline Mini, Swoopster Mini, and Stereo Designer Mini. Designed specifically for the iPhone interface, Rock On →

iSymphonic Orchestra review – Crudebyte brings the orchestra to your iPad

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Recently I’ve reviewed two new offerings from Crudebyte – Oriental Strings and iCathedral Organ. Both apps are very specific in what they offer, and do that “thing” well. Now I’m pleased to review another app in the Crudebyte lineup – iSymphonic Orchestra. As you may have guessed from the name, this app focuses strictly on providing Rock On →