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Alchemy Mobile gets a big update!


Alchemy Mobile, the iOS version of the Alchemy synthesizer on PC, just got updated to Version 2.3. While there were some nice “minor” updates, such as implementing the Audiobus 2 state-saving feature and the ability to edit your recordings, the highlight here is the ability to create your own presets. This makes Alchemy Mobile almost feel Rock On →

Borderlands Granular review…and a few details on Version 2


When I first saw the demo video for Borderlands Granular in 2012, my jaw hit the floor. My first thought was “THIS is what making music on an iPad should be”. The sounds were just right, and the app seemed to unlock the potential of the iPad’s interface. But…there was just that one thing. As Rock On →

Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer review – Great app for practicing rhythm


And now for something completely different… Here at iOS MARS, we usually review music-making apps. Be it synths, sequencers, drum machines, or guitar sims, most of our reviews feature apps that help in creating a song. But Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer by Rolfs Apps does none of that. No Audiobus, no IAA, no Audio Copy. Rock On →

iGuzheng – A nice emulation of a Chinese zither instrument


The app iGuzheng has been available since 2011, but the recent addition of Audiobus compatibility has breathed new life into the app. This is definitely a “boutique” app, but for the price it is a great tool to have in your arsenal. Anyone familiar with traditional Chinese music has probably heard a Guzheng, even if Rock On →

DrumPerfect – Updated to version 1.03


DrumPerfect (iPad only), the wonderful drum app from Marinus van de Molengraft, recently was updated to version 1.03. What’s New in Version 1.03 Added Inter-App-Audio-based sync of song pointer and tempo. Improved Midi clock sync. Added swipe-left-delete for pattern/kit/sample/song list. Separate track rendering to Dropbox now saves individual track files. Removed lag in stroke editing Rock On →

Strange Attractor gets an update – Audiobus, AudioCopy and Universal


Strange Attractor was originally released in 2012, and received some buzz due to the “novel” nature of its sound. But unfortunately, the app was limited by lack of input options. So, as with many promising apps (I’m looking at you, Borderlands Granular), this app seemed like a “not quite yet” app. Thankfully, a recent update Rock On →

dot Melody – New app from the makers of Chordion


Olympia Noise Co., the developers responsible for the great app Chordion, have recently released their latest creation called dot Melody. dot Melody is (currently) an iPhone app, with a very reasonable purchase price. Let me get this out of the way, it is well worth it. The app consists of three instruments – “lead”, “bass”, Rock On →