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  • FunkBox: A Look at the Drum Machine App for iOS

    FunkBox: A Look at the Drum Machine App for iOS

    Funkbox Drum Machine is a fantastically done, retro-styled drum machine loaded with some of the most popular drum machine sounds from the 70’s and 80’s. This app has even been used live and in the studio by many artists including Joan Osborne and, most famously, by Gorillaz. If you’re at all familiar with the drum... »

  • Jazz Box: A Look at the Chord and Scale Reference App for iOS

    Jazz Box: A Look at the Chord and Scale Reference App for iOS

    Jazz Box, in my humble opinion, has just helped to fulfill a need for a thorough, high quality harmonic study app. While not perfect and not 100% inclusive of every harmonic consideration, it goes way beyond any of the other apps I have seen in explaining scale considerations in the jazz idiom, spelling out various... »

  • Beatronome: A Look at the Metronome App for iOS

    Beatronome: A Look at the Metronome App for iOS

    Ever since I got my first iOS device, I’ve become a bit of a metronome junkie. I’m endlessly curious about how many ways one can implement time keeping into a design aesthetic and how many functions can developers think of doing. I’m also a fan of minimalism… I love a great, bare bones design: no... »

  • iHarmony: A Look at the Music Theory App for iOS

    iHarmony: A Look at the Music Theory App for iOS

    iHarmony is an app described by its creator as “a fully complete collection of scales, chords & harmonizations…” The harmonization part of the description describes what is actually a list of chord qualities for every note in a given mode (i.e.: Maj7, -7, -7, Maj7, Dom7, -7 & -7(b5) for the Major modes), which is... »

  • Aphex Launches Audio Xciter App

    Aphex Launches Audio Xciter App

    Professional audio technology company Aphex has introduced the Audio Xciter Music App, a mobile application designed to improve the quality of digital audio through the use of their proprietary Xciter digital signal processor. The app, which works with music as well as audio books and podcasts, makes audio sound more dynamic with Low, Medium, and... »

  • Rhythm Calculator: A Look at the Rhythm Helper App for iOS

    Rhythm Calculator: A Look at the Rhythm Helper App for iOS

    I just discovered JET Powered Apps’s Rhythm Calculator app, a gem of an app I guarantee will live on my phone for quite some time, and I suspect that’ll be true for you other iOS device-carrying folks as well. Rhythm Calculator is exactly what the name suggests: an interface that allows you to enter rhythms... »

  • Tachyon: A Look at the Visual Music Creation App for iOS

    Tachyon: A Look at the Visual Music Creation App for iOS

    Dream Theatre Keyboard wiz Jordan Rudes has been making quite a name for himself as the mastermind behind some pretty creative musical iOS apps like MorphWiz, SampleWiz, Geo Synthesizer and now, Tachyon. The common theme to these apps is that they offer an ethereal aesthetic which serves to mesmerize to the point where one almost... »

  • New Loopr App Allows for Mobile Looping

    New Loopr App Allows for Mobile Looping

    Fans of musical mobile device apps will be interested in Loopr, a new looping app for iOS. The new app is designed for simplicity and allows for musicians to record continuous loops to groove, practice, and perform with. Once you’ve created your loops, you can save them as independent files, including tempo and time signature... »

  • Bowing Fun: A Look at the iOS App for Bowing Exercises

    Bowing Fun: A Look at the iOS App for Bowing Exercises

    Bowing Fun offers up exercises for bowed instruments – double bass (violin, viola and cello too) – designed to develop sight-reading skills and agility. A friend recommended that I check out this app, as he’s enjoyed it thought might be worthy of a review here. I have mixed feelings about it, but decided it was... »

  • Agile Partners Introduce AmpKit Version 1.4, with Ashdown Amp Model

    Agile Partners Introduce AmpKit Version 1.4, with Ashdown Amp Model

    AmpKit, the popular amp modeling app for iOS, has been updated with Version 1.4. The new incarnation introduces two new pedals and two new amplifiers including modeling of the Ashdown ABM-900 and its matching 8×10 cabinet. The second in AmpKit’s bass amp series, the Ashdown rig replicates all the features of the real ABM-900. Besides... »