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Reviews & Demos

midiSTEPs – The new MIDI step sequencer from developer Art Kerns

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After releasing midiLFOs in July of 2015 (review here), developer Art Kerns has released the another in his series of MIDI apps, called midiSTEPs. As the name implies, this app is a step sequencer app that sends MIDI out to your iOS and external synths. Check out the video below. As you can see from Rock On →

Fugue Machine – A multi-playhead piano roll app from Alexandernaut

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The much-anticipated Fugue Machine by Alexander Randon (Alexandernaut) was just released today. It’s good. So good. Check out the demo video below: You may already own Alexandernaut’s other app, Arpeggionome. Much like that app, Fugue Machine approaches music sequencing in an entirely unique way. Using up to four playheads simultaneously, you are capable of creating Rock On →

MusiClock – A great jamming app and scale trainer for iOS

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MusiClock by developer perTunes is a nice little improv jamming app that can also be used as a scale trainer. As a musician with less than impressive music theory training, and with a five year-old drummer and seven year-old pianist for accompaniment, this app helps me in both categories. Check out the quick developer demo Rock On →

Esspresso – The latest app from Klevgränd Produktion AB

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Earlier this year, the developers at Klevgränd Produktion AB promised a new app each month this fall. Last month brought us Pressit, a multiband compressor. They are now 2-for-2, as they have just released Esspresso, a de-esser for iPad (also available for Windows and Mac’s). As is their way, this release also gives us another brilliant Rock On →

Midiflow – An incredibly full-featured MIDI utility app

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Midiflow by developer Johannes Doerr has been available for some time, so this isn’t a typical “new” app review. Quite frankly, MIDI has always been a bit of a mystery to me, so I’d stayed away from this app. Most if not all of my iOS tracks have been live recordings layered on top of Rock On →

BIAS FX Studio Rack Pack

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Hello all, Today I wanted to take a little time to talk about the Studio Rack Pack available as an in-app-purchase within BIAS FX from Positive Grid. Originally I had planned on making a video to show off these addon effects but it occurred to me that there really isn’t a proper way for me Rock On →

AnalogKit review – A new modular app for hackers, pros, and beginners

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The developers Bitcount Ltd. have recently released a new app call AnalogKit. Billed as a “music hacker’s paradise”, the app aims to please both experienced modular synth users as well as those who just love to experiment. Knowing that I fall more into the latter category, I was eager to take AnalogKit for a spin. Rock On →

BIAS FX – A monster guitar effects app from Positive Grid

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If you’re a guitarist using iOS devices, there’s no doubt that you’ve already heard about BIAS FX. Released back in April of this year, I’m very late to the party. But I’m on board now, and I’m very much enjoying the latest offering from Positive Grid. Check of just one of their YouTube demos for Rock On →

PressIt multiband compressor – A new compressor app from Klevgränd Produktion AB

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After boldly promising on Twitter to release a new app every month, the developers from Klevgränd have delivered the first app. Enter PressIt, a multiband compressor app for iPad. Check out their release demo video below: Keeping with their previous interface sensibilities, PressIt provides a simple interface that emphasizes using your ears to find your sound. Rock On →

Notetracks – A cool collaboration app for iOS musicians

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Making music on mobile devices have allowed musicians like me to be able to create full songs on my own, in the comfort of my own home. While this allows me to do this at any hour of the day or night, one thing that is missing is the collaborative aspect of working with other Rock On →