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  • App Review: David Ellefson Rock Shop

    App Review: David Ellefson Rock Shop

    A little over three years ago, bassist David Ellefson launched his Rock Shop series of informative videos on YouTube, focusing on “all things music, all things music business, and all things that rock.” Now, the Megadeth low-ender has teamed up with Pocketlabworks to launch the David Ellefson Rock Shop App, a bass and guitar amp... »

  • Master Tour: A Look into the App for Gig and Tour Management

    Master Tour: A Look into the App for Gig and Tour Management

    If you’re a gigging musician, especially if you’re on tour, Master Tour by Eventric is an app you’ll want to check out. I was first introduced to this app by our tour manager’s wife, who hailed it is “100% indispensable”. The app is a companion to the company’s desktop app and web portal, which allows... »

  • Agile Partners Adds Trace Elliot Bass Amp Model to AmpKit

    Agile Partners Adds Trace Elliot Bass Amp Model to AmpKit

    Agile Partners has released version 1.3 of their AmpKit app for iOS, and with it comes the addition of the first modern bass amp system model for the platform. The company has partnered with Trace Elliot, offering up the Trace Elliot 1215 combo, complete with 12-band Graphic Equalizer – tuned for bass frequencies – as... »

  • MicVault Studio: A Look at the iOS App for Recording Advice

    MicVault Studio: A Look at the iOS App for Recording Advice

    If you don’t have access to world-class engineers to answer your questions about recording your bass in the studio, you definitely want to check out MicVault Studio. The app is a collection of the preferences of Michael Wagener, Shane Wilson and Russ Long – three prominent and successful recording engineers when it comes to microphone... »

  • Amazing Slow Downer: A Look at the Transcription App for iOS

    Amazing Slow Downer: A Look at the Transcription App for iOS

    While I have reviewed a few different “slow downer”-type apps (including Robick and Capo), I recently gave Roni Music’s Amazing Slow Downer a try and have to say that I’m mightily impressed. I had used ASD years ago in college and found the original version of the software (shareware at that time) to be useful... »

  • ThumbJam: A Look at the Music Performance and Creation App for iOS

    ThumbJam: A Look at the Music Performance and Creation App for iOS

    I first heard about ThumbJam from Richard Bona in the Blue Note Tokyo green room while we were both working with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. (I’m setting this up not to brag, but rather to let you know that when a master like Bona raves about a music app, we all listen!) The app... »

  • TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    While there is no shortage of good tuners out there in the App Store, there are few that are quite as informative (and pretty) as TonalEnergy. This app is specifically designed for individuals or large ensembles in an attempt to help musicians improve their intonation and tone. Most functions of TonalEnergy’s tuner are designed to... »

  • Circle Theory: A Look at the Circle of Fifths Reference App for iOS

    Circle Theory: A Look at the Circle of Fifths Reference App for iOS

    Spending time exploring the circle of fifths is a useful exercise for seeing the relationships between notes and key signatures. Circle Theory, by Artsiness, is a great iOS app for referencing and visualizing the circle of fifths. The app’s interface has the primary circle displaying the current Tonic note/key signature. The additional information options are... »

  • ChordBot: A Look at the Songwriting and Accompaniment Tool for iOS and Android

    ChordBot: A Look at the Songwriting and Accompaniment Tool for iOS and Android

    ChordBot is a wonderful, easy to use app which is equally powerful for songwriting as it is for accompaniment. The app allows you to develop and play chord progressions in a number of styles. ChordBot features 60 different chord types (including slash chords), 50+ comping styles, a song generator, as well as the ability to... »

  • Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS

    Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS

    I’ve discovered a great looper for the iPhone and iPad. Loopy (and Loopy HD) allows you to create and alter sophisticated loops without the need for a pedal or other hardware. Loopy’s interface presents a series of circles, which become circular waveforms once you’ve started recording. The app offers great features, like pan, volume, timing... »