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Current iOS apps! What do YOU use?
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Someone over on KC asked about iPad rigs and setups and apps. To quote Captain America: "You HAD to ask..." grin

I wrote a very very very long post about this, and was about to hit Send when I read the fine print and realized he didn't give a rat's ass about almost anything I'd written up. So I cut and pasted the stuff he DID care about, and rescued all my typing by putting it here for folks to hopefully learn from and add to. Here it is:

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I own over 200 music apps of all kinds, partly due to my previous job as a reviewer and partly because AAAAAAAAAPPS (drool). Of those, my live performance rig is centered around stuff I can play expressively with my LinnStrument and stuff I can run in the background to provide generative textures (less interesting to this crowd, I'll bet).

Hands down the best value in iOS music apps today is the same as it was seven years ago. ThumbJam. Just BUY it, for heaven's sake. The developer is a sweetheart, the app has been constantly updated to take advantage of advances in iOS without sacrificing reliability, the sounds are quite decent (although they definitely won't satisfy purists), the sample library is reasonably comprehensive (AND ALL FREE TO DOWNLOAD), the app is light on CPU and very reliable, and it has lots of MIDI routing and performance features built in so it integrates well with live rigs. I keep hoping the next update will include an AUv3 version; as of now, you can only run one instance at a time, and I could easily run three or four and eliminate some other apps from my setup.

My other current MPE apps are iFretless Bass and GeoShred. If you need to simulate bass or guitar, they are truly schweet. My main non-MPE apps at the moment are Zeeon and Streetlytron Pro, as well as the KV331 apps Synthmaster Player and Synthmaster One.

I use Synthmaster Player all the time; it's free to start with and doesn't get expensive until you buy a lot of patch banks (many of which contain supplementary samples to fill out the internal waveform memory). If you buy the desktop version of Synthmaster, you can create your own very elaborate patches and download them to Player, and share all libraries between the two versions free of charge once you register your account on both apps. (Handy hint: registration doesn't use a password, it uses your serial number, which is a very long string of alphanumerics that it doesn't let you copy and paste. Have it written down.)

I also do a fair bit of work with the "gadgets" in Korg Gadget and the associated standalone apps, particularly ODYSSEi and iMonoPoly.

I should put in a good word for the folks at AudioKit. They're a dev based on open-source development, and have a community-based update/upgrade path as volunteers build in new features. As a result, their apps are constantly growing and evolving, which is kind of cool, and most of them are free; one or two cost, but they support the dev framework so that's cool too. One word of warning -- they can be unstable from rev to rev, so use them in a live situation with caution, and test your newest updates thoroughly before gigging with them. Start with SynthOne and Digital D1.

Some other notes: Arturia's apps are very uneven because they're developed by external devs (or at least they were); for example, iSEM is fabulous but iProphet is orphaned and riddled with nasty bugs. iceGear's apps can be fun, but note going in that they're all very much alike at the global level and only the oscillator modeling and UI are notably different from app to app, so you'll want to listen before you buy.

I also keep a couple of older iPads around just to run my 32-bit apps that were orphaned at iOS 11+. The most important by far is Alchemy Mobile, which is my favorite music app of all time despite its being long in the tooth. I have never forgiven Apple for buying the dev, killing the app, and re-releasing it inside GarageBand (and Logic Pro X on the Mac) in a crippled, content-skimpy, badly-designed new form. Bastards.

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How about you?


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For iOS I'm mainly looking for traditional sounds:

Mixer: AUM
Instruments Apps: Korg Module Pro
Drum Machines: Afro-Latin Drum Machine, Soft Drummer, Brazilian Drummer, Jazz Drummer, Rock Drummer, Reggae Drummer, DM1 and Korg iElectribe
Sheet Music: Forscore, Musicnotes (on the iCloud)
Metronomes: Pro Metronome, Speakbeat and Metronomics
Other apps: iReal Pro, Garageband

Considering these apps:
Instruments: Hammond B-3X, Ravenscroft 275, NeoSoul Keys Studio 2

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I've seen people talking about iFretless Bass on Keyboard Corner forever, but I never looked into it -- damn, that's a really impressive app!

I've been messing around with Yonac Steel Guitar, and that's been a lot of fun too, though I haven't quite dug into how to use some of the more advanced MIDI features -- just changing tunings and signal chains, and playing "In My Time of Dying" at the airport. I'd like to see if I can set up the MIDI learn functions with some pedals to control the pitch bend and that sort of thing; I've really enjoyed playing it on the iPad screen, rather than just using it as a sound source for a keyboard.

I've had some success with VOLT as an MPE synth, and I really like the sounds, but I find it to be a little laggy and prone to crackling, at least compared to some of the other MPE apps I've run on my iPad.

Also cool to see some traction for Geoshred. It was an app I become aware of early on in my iOS-for-performance life, but I never made the jump (in part because it made me sort of snicker in its concept and over-the-top presentation). As I've integrated my Seaboard into my live performance, I've actually found myself functioning as a second harmonizing lead guitar more and more often, and while Equator does well with those sounds, Roli's iOS apps are so untweakable that you pretty much get one over-the-top guitar tone or nothing. Dr. Mike, do you pretty much use it as a Shreddy Guitar, or do you like it for other things?

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Re: Current iOS apps! What do YOU use?
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IOS music apps I have: Alchemy, AmpliTube, AnalogSynthX, Animoog, ArpOdyssei, AudiokitFMplayer, AudiokitSynthOne, Autoharp, Bassalicious, BeatMaker3, ClearTune, GalileoOrgans, GarageBand, iCathedraOrgan, iFretlessBass, iFretlessBrass, iFretlessSax, iRigMIDIrecorder, IsemSynth, KorgGadget2, KorgiKaossilator, KorgiM1, KorgModulePro, MinimoogModelD, WaldorfNave, OnSongPro, Ravenscroft275, RealPiano, SampleTank, SampleTankCS, YamahaSynthesizerARP&DrumPadUS, KawaiTouchNotationFree, and YamahaSynthBookUS

A number of the above were downloaded at times that they were free. Others were downloaded during 1/2 price sales. And, some were a part of purchased hardware (such as the IK iKeys Pro 37 keyboard).

NOW: Stuff I really use currently (some of the above have been replaced by more recent apps).
Alchemy - I don't use it often, and it only exists now on my oldest iPad 3. Love the sounds from it, but no longer installable, even though I "own" it.
Animoog - again not used often, but it does a good job. I do use Minimoog Model D a bit more.
iCathedral Organ was used a good bit, but Module Pro now covers that.
iFretless Bass - Even though I use the bass more frequently from Module Pro, this is a REALLY GOOD app for electric Bass playing (even can play from the virtual fretboard right on the iPad)

KORG MODULE PRO If I could only keep one of the above, it would be Module. I have all of the add-ins for it, with the exception of the American Grand Piano. LOVE it for the Hammond/Leslie, even though I can't change drawbar settings. In fact, the Hammond sounds are what I use from IOS devices more than all other sounds combined. At my church gig, I have Kurzweil PC2 and PC3 boards. I'm not greatly pleased with KB3 Leslie effect, even after a lot of tweaking. Organs are fine, so I could add a Ventilator and be there, but the IOS devices are already paid for, so are the apps.

ONSONG PRO This app doesn't generate sound, but is ESSENTIAL for my charts. The church pays CCLI for music, so I get all of my praise charts installed on the oldest iPad. I can also add personal charts (usually scan a hymn from the hymnbook, edit the size to fit, make a PDFusing Ashampoo PDF Pro2). There is enough memory on the 32GB iPad to store a huge number of charts, and OnSong lets me search for titles and add them to Set Lists.

Ravenscroft 275. Sometimes, I want an acoustic piano sound different from the Kurzweil sounds. I have Ivory on the iPad, and also Ravenscroft. Between them, I can get a suitable piano for most any need.

I have 3 iPads and 2 iPhones. The oldest is used almost all the time for OnSong and the charts. While I could use a sound generator app on it at the same time, I couldn't really make any changes to the sound without losing the charting. iPad Mini 2 is the second iPad (chronologically). It is setup with my most frequently needed music apps, and used both at church and in my larger "portable" rig, which uses a 61 key Samson MIDI controller. It also is small enough to fit in my "itty-bitty-walk-in-like-a-horn-player" portable rig, with the IK iKeysPro 37 MIDI controller's case. Everything but amp/speaker all in a shoulder bag no larger than a clarinet.
The most recent iPad is a gen 5, with 128GB storage. It has ALL the apps on it, but is not often used for music. The iPhone 8+ is 64GB, and has ClearTune, GarageBand, LifeWay Hymnbook, Module Pro, and OnSong on it, and could be used with my Korg PlugKey, but isn't usually used for music. I also have the old 16GB iPhone 6, removed SIM card, removed all the apps I could, and have ModulePro (with only the smaller add-in libraries), iFretlessBass, and Ravenscroft on it. I have velcro on the back to quickly fasten it to the upper keyboard, a USB3 to Lightning adapter for power, 1/8" audio connection to my mixer, and a charger on it. Goes with me to church all the time, and is used most of the time.

I've been doing music on IOS devices for several years now. with zero problems. If a problem should develop at church, I still have all the sounds from the PC2 and PC3 My first experiment with computer based audio was using VB3 on a Windows notebook. It kind of worked, but was way too complex, couldn't really adjust anything because the notebook was beside me. I don't even use the MainStage on my Macbook Pro for MIDI based music now; it is just plain so much simpler for my needs to use the IOS devices.

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Ravenscroft 275. Sometimes, I want an acoustic piano sound different from the Kurzweil sounds. I have Ivory on the iPad, and also Ravenscroft. Between them, I can get a suitable piano for most any need.
- What would you say are the main differences between Ravenscroft 275 and Ivory in Module Pro?
- In what situations do you prefer one over the other?
- Why did you decide to pass on the American Ivory Piano?

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Ravenscroft 275. Sometimes, I want an acoustic piano sound different from the Kurzweil sounds. I have Ivory on the iPad, and also Ravenscroft. Between them, I can get a suitable piano for most any need.
- What would you say are the main differences between Ravenscroft 275 and Ivory in Module Pro?
- In what situations do you prefer one over the other?
- Why did you decide to pass on the American Ivory Piano?
Sneaking my own data in and waiting to see if MoodyBluesKeys agrees or not...

Many people find Ravenscroft 275 to be more nuanced, great if you're using a naked piano sound. I rarely use it and its 853 MB storage footprint is not trivial if your device has a smaller SSD in it. By contrast, Module Pro is 1.31 GB but that's with a ton of samples in it, including my standbys like the Mellotron and Triton.

I usually run Module Pro inside Gadget, and the Salzburg Gadget accesses the piano sounds in Module and gives me a fast, seamless, tweakable piano that does fine for my ambient music. I use the Mobile Grand, the German Steinway D, which is fine for everything I do; I bought it on sale during one of Korg's occasional blowouts. Before that, I used the built-in piano sounds in Thumbjam and Gadget's Marseilles sample player, which are very generic and definitely not something a serious player would enjoy.

That's my 5L$ worth*. Your mileage will almost certainly vary.


*Linden Dollars ("Lindens") are the currency in Second Life. 250 L roughly equals one US dollar. It's a tradeable currency; if you make a lot in the virtual world, you can take it out as hard cash. I can make up to $15 in tips from playing a one-hour concert from my basement in my sweats, and have been doing so for over 12 years now. I have funded one laptop and a bunch of small bits of gear with my SL work, which ain't small change. But this belongs over in the collaboration forum....


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Originally Posted by samuelblupowitz
I've seen people talking about iFretless Bass on Keyboard Corner forever, but I never looked into it -- damn, that's a really impressive app!
It is. I process the hell out of the more sustained (bass synth) sounds and use it as a lead synth, but the actual bass models in the various picking styles are really cool.
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I've been messing around with Yonac Steel Guitar, and that's been a lot of fun too, though I haven't quite dug into how to use some of the more advanced MIDI features -- just changing tunings and signal chains, and playing "In My Time of Dying" at the airport. I'd like to see if I can set up the MIDI learn functions with some pedals to control the pitch bend and that sort of thing; I've really enjoyed playing it on the iPad screen, rather than just using it as a sound source for a keyboard.
So this would be a bad time to bring up iFretless Guitar, then? (Actually, hold off a bit, they haven't added MPE support to it yet)
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I've had some success with VOLT as an MPE synth, and I really like the sounds, but I find it to be a little laggy and prone to crackling, at least compared to some of the other MPE apps I've run on my iPad.
I am trying so very hard to use and like VOLT, and failing. I can't get MPE to work right at all, can't figure out how to get pitch bends to work in the right range for my Linnstrument, and the UI is a massive pain in the anatomy. While I search for a better alternative, I am using Zeeon, which isn't MPE but does do global pitch bend nicely on my LS. It has a good selection of sounds to start with, sounds great, and is relatively easy to program. I have about ten MPE alternatives on deck and will probably switch to one of them as a testbed when I finally get fed up with VOLT.
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Also cool to see some traction for Geoshred. It was an app I become aware of early on in my iOS-for-performance life, but I never made the jump (in part because it made me sort of snicker in its concept and over-the-top presentation). As I've integrated my Seaboard into my live performance, I've actually found myself functioning as a second harmonizing lead guitar more and more often, and while Equator does well with those sounds, Roli's iOS apps are so untweakable that you pretty much get one over-the-top guitar tone or nothing. Dr. Mike, do you pretty much use it as a Shreddy Guitar, or do you like it for other things?
Okay, first and foremost, I would not rely on a Jordan Rudess demo for stuff like this: Pianos absolutely, other conventional keyboards almost always, lead synths not so much. He is a great guy in person, friendly and forthcoming, and his musicianship is worthy of mad respect, but he can't help showing off how fast and clean his chops are, and for an app like GeoShred I think he's doing it a disservice.

GeoShred is in fact a modeling app, and there is a lot of emphasis on screaming feedback electric leads. Pick one that feels right and delete the other fifty, that's what I did. grin

It models plucked strings, so turning off all the fuzz and preamp feedback yields a relatively usable vanilla guitar sound that can be tarted up in all sorts of ways. The MoForte programmers were also guided by Jordan's enjoyment of Indian instruments; the sitars are very playable, lots of fun, and sound pretty good in a band mix setting even if they're not convincingly realistic. It's not cheap as apps go, but it's one of the best MPE options out there... just give yourself time to understand how the modeling plays and reacts, which can be as twitchy as a real guitar.


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The only reason I passed on the American Grand is that I don't feel a need for it. I got Ivory before Ravenscroft came out, and do use it from time to time. IIRC, I bought Ravenscroft at a reduced price. It sound different from either the Kurzweil pianos or the Ivory pianos. Years ago, I bought EWQL's Pianos Gold to run on a PC (or Mac) mostly because of the Bosendorfer that it has. That still is my favorite piano for any solo work, but I do very little solo work.
In general IOS app add-ins are priced a quantum level below the app add-in for PC or Mac (I know, the larger versions have more layers and so forth, but the IOS stuff is fulfilling my need in a compact and low cost manner. As other mention, doesn't hurt at all to have some extra tools in the toolbox. One of the first things I learned in playing with a band is that the sounds I LOVED by myself didn't fare so well with the band, and some of the sounds that I didn't really like by myself worked.

I would definitely let Ravenscroft go before the pianos in Module, if I had to make a choice; don't use it that often (our band has a piano player on a 1970's Baldwin (not the Howard, but the genuine article) 5' 8" grand. So, I really almost never have a need for acoustic piano. I do use some Rhodes and Wurly, maybe a bit of CP80 for some things, but most of the time my PC2 is providing Bass Guitar, and the PC3 is either playing something else in the 1,000 plus patches or else running the IOS device.


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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay
(Geoshred) models plucked strings, so turning off all the fuzz and preamp feedback yields a relatively usable vanilla guitar sound that can be tarted up in all sorts of ways. The MoForte programmers were also guided by Jordan's enjoyment of Indian instruments; the sitars are very playable, lots of fun, and sound pretty good in a band mix setting even if they're not convincingly realistic. It's not cheap as apps go, but it's one of the best MPE options out there... just give yourself time to understand how the modeling plays and reacts, which can be as twitchy as a real guitar.
All right, well, since I'm not going anywhere for a bit, you convinced me to give it a shot, finally. Looking forward to spending some time sorting it out, it's a pretty deep app, and I haven't quite gotten to the bottom of the best way to make use of onscreen controls as well as map expression to the Seaboard.

Interesting that you've struggled getting MPE to work on VOLT with the Linnstrument; that was pretty seamless with the Seaboard... it's just never quite responded as quickly and smoothly as I've been used to from Equator or even Model D (which lacks the Y-axis "slide" modulation but otherwise works nicely with the Seaboard for traditional synth sounds).

Anyway, I think my hope when all this is over is that I can use the iPad with my cover band instead of my laptop, to make that gig as lightweight as possible.


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(Geoshred) models plucked strings, so turning off all the fuzz and preamp feedback yields a relatively usable vanilla guitar sound that can be tarted up in all sorts of ways. The MoForte programmers were also guided by Jordan's enjoyment of Indian instruments; the sitars are very playable, lots of fun, and sound pretty good in a band mix setting even if they're not convincingly realistic. It's not cheap as apps go, but it's one of the best MPE options out there... just give yourself time to understand how the modeling plays and reacts, which can be as twitchy as a real guitar.
All right, well, since I'm not going anywhere for a bit, you convinced me to give it a shot, finally. Looking forward to spending some time sorting it out, it's a pretty deep app, and I haven't quite gotten to the bottom of the best way to make use of onscreen controls as well as map expression to the Seaboard.
My best advice is to actually take a few days just playing it directly on the iPad. It will give you a good idea of how the expression was originally intended to work, and from there, mapping stuff to the ROLI will be easier and more rewarding.
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Interesting that you've struggled getting MPE to work on VOLT with the Linnstrument; that was pretty seamless with the Seaboard... it's just never quite responded as quickly and smoothly as I've been used to from Equator or even Model D (which lacks the Y-axis "slide" modulation but otherwise works nicely with the Seaboard for traditional synth sounds).
I wasn't clear; the LinnStrument isn't the problem, I can't get VOLT set up to do what I want. Some buried function or another that I haven't found yet, I suspect.
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Anyway, I think my hope when all this is over is that I can use the iPad with my cover band instead of my laptop, to make that gig as lightweight as possible.
That is a noble goal and not all that far out of reach. I only took my 11" MacBook Air with me when I flew to Finland a couple of years ago because I wanted a backup for my iPads (and I needed it to do work while I was away).


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Audioshare + Audiobus

So I finally downloaded these 2x apps about a week ago. It's ridiculous how Audioshare inserted itself into the heart of my workflow. I'm constantly thinking in terms of getting audio in/out and recorded to Audioshare. And Audiobus became the main way I think about bouncing audio around to different apps and then back to Audioshare. Even my external hardware and Logic Pro are getting roped into Audioshare+bus workflow. A very nice set of tools; they have quickly my top 2 most used and indispensable apps.

For music production and recording jockeys a traditional DAW might make more sense. But for live / improvisational /sketching work - audioshare+bus is a really nice setup. It's kinda like having a traditional recorder (Audioshare) where you route audio in/out (Audiobus) - but it's all done in-app, so it's contained and organized. And you can easily dump it into a DAW after the fact - or send it out to the cloud for other people to use.

Note:
I also have AUM, but I'm finding the Audioshare+bus workflow easier to understand and use.

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(Geoshred) models plucked strings, so turning off all the fuzz and preamp feedback yields a relatively usable vanilla guitar sound that can be tarted up in all sorts of ways. The MoForte programmers were also guided by Jordan's enjoyment of Indian instruments; the sitars are very playable, lots of fun, and sound pretty good in a band mix setting even if they're not convincingly realistic. It's not cheap as apps go, but it's one of the best MPE options out there... just give yourself time to understand how the modeling plays and reacts, which can be as twitchy as a real guitar.
All right, well, since I'm not going anywhere for a bit, you convinced me to give it a shot, finally. Looking forward to spending some time sorting it out, it's a pretty deep app, and I haven't quite gotten to the bottom of the best way to make use of onscreen controls as well as map expression to the Seaboard.
My best advice is to actually take a few days just playing it directly on the iPad. It will give you a good idea of how the expression was originally intended to work, and from there, mapping stuff to the ROLI will be easier and more rewarding.
Yes, I'm having a lot more fun doing that than I anticipated! My wife has been playing a lot of Animal Crossing and I've been jamming along with the soundtrack, which she's actually found amusing, which is why I haven't been found dead yet. Just wish my iPad had 3D touch. I might see if I can make it work on the small screen of my iPhone 7 just for fun. Regardless, I'm also remembering that one of the things I liked about using iOS as a sound source early on is having an additional touch surface for modulation... between Geoshred's controls and Keystage's XY pad, I'm excited by the possibilities.
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Interesting that you've struggled getting MPE to work on VOLT with the Linnstrument; that was pretty seamless with the Seaboard... it's just never quite responded as quickly and smoothly as I've been used to from Equator or even Model D (which lacks the Y-axis "slide" modulation but otherwise works nicely with the Seaboard for traditional synth sounds).
I wasn't clear; the LinnStrument isn't the problem, I can't get VOLT set up to do what I want. Some buried function or another that I haven't found yet, I suspect.
Yes, I was mostly commenting on VOLT's idiosyncrasies, not the nature of the LinnStrument particularly. I just know that VOLT's developer is a Seaboard player, and I thought that there might be an added layer of complexity for other MPE controllers that I haven't had to contend with. But anytime I'm struggling with an app or VST, there's a long list of knowledge gaps that could be causing my problems! wink
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Anyway, I think my hope when all this is over is that I can use the iPad with my cover band instead of my laptop, to make that gig as lightweight as possible.
That is a noble goal and not all that far out of reach. I only took my 11" MacBook Air with me when I flew to Finland a couple of years ago because I wanted a backup for my iPads (and I needed it to do work while I was away).
Exciting! I'll keep this forum updated. I'm glad there are folks who find this as fun and engaging as I do.


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Surprisingly few (reaches for iPad) ... GeoShred, Korg Gadget, Korg iMono/Poly, Synclavier Go!, Animoog, UVI BeatHawk, PPG Infinite, GarageBand of course, and several editor/controller/librarian apps for various keyboards I’ve reviewed. Oh, I also have the Seaboard 5D and Noise synths that come with ROLI hardware.


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Re: Current iOS apps! What do YOU use?
Dr Mike Metlay #3041673 05/02/20 03:33 AM
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Current favorites:

AUM - Mixer app, for mixing other apps, with basic MIDI router and basic audio recording. Some people like to use this in place of a traditional DAW, as it's ideal for capturing quick plays, jams, etc.

Nanostudio 2 - for "traditional" songwriting/(nonclassical) composition and linear sequencing

Drambo - for groove-oriented sonic experimentation. There have been other apps squeezing a modular synth into a groovebox framework but this one is unusually user-friendly.

Sunvox - One of the oldest modular synth-in-a-groovebox apps and a powerful MIDI sequencer. Mature, light on CPU, rock-solid. Even supports linear sequencing though this feature is kind of hidden

Moog Model D - because it's free (for now) and a fine emulation of that iconic sound

Moog Model 15 - more Moog goodness

Spectrum Synthesis Bundle - free and impressive port of Mutable Instruments modules into AUv3

Files - because its the heir-apparent to the messy trio of Audioshare/Audiocopy/iTune File Sharing for moving files around on the iPad

Zenbeats - the newest kid on the block for me. Currently free. Recommended to me as an easy to use app for arranging my audio recordings along a timeline. If it bombs on me, I'll go back to Garageband

Not yet a favorite but what I intend to investigate soon as I own it but haven't used it: Mozaic - scripting framework for custom MIDI solutions. Tons of interesting looking scripts on Patchstorage already

Re: Current iOS apps! What do YOU use?
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Sunvox?! MAD props, man! I've had that since my iPad 1, and have never been able to do anything with it, I suspect because I am just not wired for the way it wants to do stuff.

Not heard of Mozaic, will have to look into that one.


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Re: Current iOS apps! What do YOU use?
Dr Mike Metlay #3044184 05/16/20 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay
Sunvox?! MAD props, man! I've had that since my iPad 1, and have never been able to do anything with it, I suspect because I am just not wired for the way it wants to do stuff.

Not heard of Mozaic, will have to look into that one.

What drove me to learn Sunvox was losing my iPhone, replacing it with what I could afford at the time, which was an iPhone 5 with very limited drive space. I couldn't use Korg Gadget because of the limited space. There was some issue or another with Beatmaker 2 that I forgot about. No Cubasis 2 on iPhone. So I thought I'd try SunVox as my new music creation workstation. It was a bit rough with the small size of the iPhone screen, but I was pleasantly surprised how responsive the UI is finger actions - and more importantly how predictable the response is, unlike apps with virtual knobs that turn the opposite direction of your finger swipe. By this time, Sunvox was being delivered with Template projects, with instruments already set up for drum, bass, etc. roles. Not having to take the time to patch up a sound for each part made the learning process a whole lot faster.

Solar Lune's tutorial videos are kind of old now but still very useful for getting started. I'd recommend downloading the desktop version of Sunvox, which is free, and using that for learning along with the tutorials, instead of learning along on the iPhone version like I did. My only problem with Sunvox these days is all on me - I can't decide what next steps to take with the song I started putting together in SunVox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJh6yiKPqE4&list=PL62F503E7722DB7CC


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