It’s inevitable. Reaching the end of the year and looking back on what it brought us. For iOS musicians it was another good year. A year that our devices became more capable for serious music production and our apps following suit, powered by technologies such as Audiobus. We already have a lot of exciting things to look forward to in 2014, but let’s take a look at our favourite music apps on the iPhone and iPad.
Audiobus enabled many developers to start working on effect apps and we saw the list growing and growing in 2013, from lightweight single effects to full FX and mastering suites. Here are our favourite iOS FX apps of this year (in no particular order).
Master FX / Audio Mastering for iPad
Igor Vasiliev, creator of a top MIDI sequencer app, launched two great effect apps in 2013, called Audio Mastering and Master FX, both for iPad. We believe these apps should be bundled together as they both provide a wide range of tools for respectively mastering and processing your sounds into a finished production, ready for iTunes. The design might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the audio handling is top-notch.
Sugar Bytes Turnado
Also having launched a MIDI sequencer for iPad, Sugar Bytes launched their awesome Turnado multi-effect tool for iPad in late April. Already a popular VST, the iPad version allows you to use the same distortions, delays, reverbs and filters, but with flexible XY touch controls. If you love to mangle your sounds, this is the plugin for you.
Swoopster for iPad
Now that we’re on the subject of XY-pad performance effects, a recent addition to the App Store is the fuzzy Swoopster for iPad, a Fuzz / Flanger effect. Check out this recent Momupro video of Swoopster effecting DM-1’s drums. This is a perfect example of a friendly-priced effect doing a single thing, but doing it well.
BIAS – Amps!
We can’t leave out the guitarists when talking about effects of course. Positive Grid released BIAS, a guitar amp simulator that seems to make hardware amps a thing of the past. BIAS had an impressive launch, both marketing- and impact-wise. You can shape your own sounds with the custom amp creator and share your creations through the recently added ToneCloud section. BIAS supports a wide range of interfaces and integrates well with Inter App Audio and AudioBus. A must-have for guitarists.
That rounds up our favourite iOS FX for 2013.
What was your favourite effect app?