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, […]

Korg Gadget — Reviewing the Synths, Part 2

So we’ve reviewed Korg’s powerful Gadget iOS beatmaking app; we covered its drum modules, and the first half of its synth collection. Naturally, what follows is a look at the other six synth modules of Gadget. Expect these Gadgets to be useful for creating a wide range of electronic and esoteric music. Wolfsburg offers a […]

Audiobus 2 — Checking out Multi-Routing on an iPad 2

At the time of our review of Audiobus 2, I hadn’t yet picked up its multi-routing feature available through in-app purchase. Intrigued by the possibilities of chaining effects — even on my resource-constrained iPad 2 — I bit the bullet, and here’s what was discovered. Audiobus 2 Multi-Routing on the iPad 2 As I am […]

Audiobus 2 Update adds great Features to this Must-Have iPad Music App

In the year or so since its release, Audiobus has essentially revolutionized the iPad music scene; even influencing Apple to add Inter App Audio in iOS 7. This week saw the first major update to Audiobus, and the new features make this the app a must for any musician involved in beatmaking and recording on […]

microTera — Waveshaping the iPad Synth World

VirSyn’s microTera is an excellent iPad synth app that offers its own take on the world of iPad sound creation. Essentially a smaller version of the miniTera desktop softsynth, which I used on Church of Hed’s Rivers of Asphalt album (“Painted Desert and Mountain Sky“), microTera features an intuitive interface with a unique and powerful […]

Korg Gadget — Reviewing the Drum Modules

Korg’s “studio-in-a-tablet” app, Gadget, continues to amaze with its intuitive interface and versatile collection of sound-producing “gadgets.” We previously gave Gadget a positive review, and also took a closer look at one half of its synth collection followed by the other half. What follows in this article is a more detailed analysis of Gadget’s three […]

Stroke Machine Attacks the iPad Drum Machine Scene

When I reviewed Waldorf’s excellent Nave iPad synth app, I remarked that the company needs to release an iOS version of its very cool Attack drum machine plug-in. Stroke Machine, created by former Waldorf man, Wolfram Franke, is just that app. A very detailed and powerful beatmaker with a host of interesting features — including […]

Virtual Dispatches from Musikmesse 2014 and Other News

Musikmesse, held in Frankfurt, Germany, is the European equivalent of the NAMM industry show, and an opportunity for me to lust a foamy froth over new music equipment innovations from across an ocean. Now TabMuse’s budget doesn’t yet allow for a quick jaunt over the sea to attend in person, but I’ve been paying attention […]

Z3TA+ is a Cakewalk among iPad Synth Apps

First earning fame as a plug-in for Cakewalk’s Sonar DAW software, Z3TA+ recently saw its debut on the iOS platform. This incredibly deep synthesizer immediately becomes one the most powerful music apps on the iPad. Featuring a robust synth architecture and a ton of useful features, Z3TA+ is a must get for the iOS musician. […]

Korg Gadget: Reviewing the Synths — Part 1

Korg’s recent release of Gadget gives iPad musicians something similar to Propellerhead Reason on a tablet computer. Last week’s Gadget update added support for Audiobus. With 15 different gadgets — each essentially the equivalent of a separate iPad synth app — the amount of sonic possibilities can get overwhelming. With that in mind, let’s take […]