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Welcome to 2018 — Synth News Digest 13

Well, the New Year is upon us. Hopefully, the muse blesses you with inspiration and a bunch of cool new gear. I’m personally in a transition period with my recording setup, with a new Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 joining the family. The upcoming Church of Hed album is likely to be the last one recorded on […]

Distort your Audio Space with Eventide MangledVerb

Since we plan to review many Eventide products from their Anthology XI collection over the coming months, we’ll dispense with that infamous Jon Anderson lyric quote we used when reviewing Fission and UltraTap. With that housekeeping out of the way, our focus shifts to MangledVerb, an excellent mashup between a reverb and distortion effect. This […]

A Venerable Chord Organ is yours with iOptigan for the iPad

The Optigan brought the chord organ concept into homes in the early 70s. Backing patterns, recorded in a variety of genres onto optical discs, were part of the allure of this early sample playback instrument. Now you can enjoy those halcyon days of yore on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, as the Optigan is […]

GridInstrument controls your iOS Music Apps – Synth News Digest 12

The touchscreen on any iOS mobile device opens up a world of possibilities for controlling synths or other music apps. We previously covered Aftertouch, an app that takes advantage of 3D Touch on newer iPhones for additional control options. This time out, we train our eye on GridInstrument, which eschews the traditional piano-style keyboard in […]

The TabMuse Top Audio Plugins of 2017

After covering the best iOS synth apps of the year, our eyes now turn towards the top audio plugins we encountered in 2017. Expect a mix between effects plugins and their synth or sample-based counterparts. Feel free to check out our Top iOS Synth Apps article if so interested. Thanks! Hans Zimmer Percussion conquers all […]

The TabMuse Top iOS Music Apps of 2017

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn towards some of our favorite iOS music apps of 2017. Maybe some are on sale for Black Friday? Purchasing a new iPad played a key role in reinvigorating my interest in a market that flagged in the wake of incompatibility issues due to updated […]

Hans Zimmer Percussion adds Cinematic Drumming to your Tracks

Spitfire Audio brings another world class sample library to their lineup with the introduction of Hans Zimmer Percussion. An updated version of the original which saw release a few years ago, HZP belongs on your shortlist if you need top shelf percussion samples. The Grammy Award-winning soundtrack guru produced and mixed this collection leveraging his […]

More Holdout iPad Music Apps now support iOS 11 – Synth News Digest 11

Many musicians using iPads and iPhones continue to forego updating to iOS 11 because its 64-bit requirement makes older 32-bit apps incompatible once installed. I’m one of these holdouts. As more developers update their projects to support iOS 11, however, the reasons for staying on version 10 decline. Only speaking for my favorite apps, but […]