VirSyn’s Cube Synth makes Additive Synthesis a Breeze

Over the last year or so, I’ve been focused on recording the new Church of Hed album, Electric Sepulcher, with hardware synths typically being my gear of choice compared to the venerable iPad 2. As such, I am about a year late with this profile of VirSyn’s excellent Cube Synth, which brings the esoteric world […]

Minimalism on iOS with In C Performer for the iPad

Terry Riley’s “In C” is one of the musical hallmarks of the 20th Century, essentially ushering in — along with La Monte Young — the Minimalism movement; greatly influencing composers like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, and others. Riley suggests using a group of around 35 musicians to adequately perform In C, but now […]

Bebot — a Very Fine iOS Theremin Sim and More

A few months back, I was looking for a Theremin app for a song on my new Space Cadet album. (Ed — check out the making of Kev’s previous Space Cadet album here at TabMuse.) After putting a post up on Facebook, I was recommended by a keyboard playing friend to have a look at […]

FunkBox gives the iPad its Old School Drum Machine Fix

If you are searching for an iPad music app that celebrates vintage drum machines, look no further than FunkBox. This app comes laden with accurate samples of classic analog and digital beat boxes — everything from the TR-808 to the Machinedrum. Creating your own beats is a good time, indeed. FunkBox for the iPad Features […]

Oscilab provides a Great Introduction to Synthesis and Beatmaking

If you are new to this intriguing world of synthesis and beatmaking, there are not many better apps on the iOS platform offering a better introduction than Oscilab. The app is essentially a groovebox with a unique touchscreen-enhanced interface that makes creating and modifying beats a breeze. It leverages a combination of samples — drums […]

Korg Gadget, Stroke Machine, and Thor all get Important iOS Updates

In the past two weeks, three of the leading iOS music apps received vital updates that significantly enhance their functionality. If you want to learn more about Korg Gadget, Stroke Machine, and Thor, check out our previous articles here at TabMuse. Read on further to get the latest news about these updates. Korg Gadget adds […]

SeekBeats — a Fun “Performance” Drum Synth for the iPad

If you are looking for a quick and easy drum synth on the iOS platform, add SeekBeats to your docket. This is an app capable of both classic and homespun drum machine sounds, and its unique real-time performance capabilities allow for a host of beat tweaking possibilities. SeekBeats for the iPad Features Eight Drum Voices […]

Audulus brings the Modular Synth World to the iPad

iOS musicians interested in exploring modular synthesis on their iPad or iPhone need to check out the excellent app, Audulus. Featuring a clean, state-of-the-art user interface and great sound, Audulus does a nice job of scratching that sound design itch when a desktop or laptop computer running Reaktor isn’t available. A Mac OS X version […]

Composing a Space Rock Album on the iPad 2: the Story of Kev Ellis — Space Cadet

(Editor’s note: Kev Ellis cohabitates the same worldwide Space Rock scene as myself. He’s played with Bubbledubble, Kev and Trev, and Spirits Burning among others. In fact, I think we are on the same Spirits Burning track from their Alien Injection album. SB being an Internet-based music outfit, we’ve never met in person. I knew […]

The iVCS3 raises the Bar for iPad Hardware Emulation

The EMS VCS3 — with other models known as the Synthi or Putney — is a legendary analog synthesizer from the Golden Age. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” from Dark Side of the Moon famously uses the VCS3, and that same synth arpeggiation now serves as the “Hello World” application for many current analog beatboxes, […]