iOS Special #18: aktuelle iPhone und iPad Apps für Musiker

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Thump – Simple beat sequencer
Marek Bereza
Gratis, AppStore



App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Thump is the ultimate pocket groove box for your iPhone and iPad.

The highly intuitive interface allows you to dive in straight away to make music in seconds, then explore the wide array of options and settings to tweak your sound to perfection. Ideal as a musical sketch pad or a live performance tool.

Create huge basslines or warped synth sounds with the two powerful polyphonic synthesizers onboard. Modeled on the classics, these synths offer a wide palette of sounds with its subtractive synthesis engine.

Choose from 9 studio-quality different drumkits, create your own or share and download more. The sample-accurate sequencing engine ensures your beats are as tight as mathematically possible!

Mix up your sound with multi-state filters, echo, distortion and lo-fi effects. Perform your compositions live by switch between different patterns you’ve created and using the onboard mixer.

CURIOS: EInes der ältesten Musik-Apps ist zurück. Gefeaturet im ersten Artikeln über iOS-Musik im Jahr 2009, wurde das App für iOS 11 wiederbelebt. Nicht nur historisch interessant, sondern auch noch heute sehr gut zu gebrauchen.

FS Refraktor AU
Bang Means Do It Software Ltd.
7,99 Euro, App-Store
Art: Hall/Delay


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
FS Refraktor is an innovative twist on modulation effects, inspiring the exploration of new sonic territory. Sitting somewhere between a delay and a flanger, FS Refraktor offers endless possibilities, from rhythmic flanging to chaotic pitch modulation and unpredictable stuttering. 

The highly flexible sixteen step sequencer and LFO rhythmically warp sounds beyond recognition – standard drums beats become bleeping basslines and synths gain a mind of their own, generating melodies from thin air. 

The sequencer’s Slew control varies the speed at which the delay time changes – low settings produce sudden jarring variations while higher settings transition smoothly between delay times.

Bypass the sequencer, and FS Refraktor will add metallic overtones and strange resonances to your sounds, similar to a short, reflective reverb. 
Carve Revolutionary Sounds
The dedicated filter section makes it simple to sculpt your sound. Select from a range of versatile filter types: Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch and FS Refraktor’s unique Carve mode.

Kosmonaut AU
Bram Bos
4,49 Euro, iOS-App-Store
Art: Delay-Plug-in


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
*** Note: this is an Audio Unit Effect Plugin (AUv3) which requires a compatible host or DAW to work. ***

Kosmonaut is Multitap Delay with a twist. In addition to adding echoes to your audio, it packs a bunch of extra tools to put your music in space:

- Tape looper with with variable sound-on-sound decay level
- 4-Tap Delay (placed in series for complex feedback loops)
- LP/HP filters with LFO
- Autopanner
- Ambiance Generator
- Haas Effect Processor (aka ‚wavefront precedence effect‘)

All features are demonstrated extensively in a ton of factory presets, and you can easily add your own user presets, which will automatically carry over across different host apps.

All variables are exposed as AU Parameters in hosts which support automation.

It also has a smart Random-feature, which may come up with usable results :-)

FAC Transient AU
Frederic Corvest
9,99 Euro, App-Store
Art: Transienten-Designer


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
FAC Transient as is suggested by the name is an outstanding dynamics processor providing precise design and control of the attack and sustain stages of your instruments. Transient designers or shapers are often associated with drum enhancements and only the best of them are versatile enough to suit most of the scenarios. Of course, you know that FAC takes pride in ensuring versatility in its product line, providing subtle to drastic changes. FAC Transient is no exception to the rule!

To meet this objective and to be ready for all the situations: drums, guitars, bass, vocal and much more. FAC Transient includes, in addition to the classic amplification or attenuation of the attack and sustain portion of your instrument, a fine control of the detection circuit involved in the processing.

Without going into technical details, there are three envelopes built from their respective detection circuits. The first one is the contour of the input signal, this includes similar processing available in Maxima and brings you control of the treshold, time and detector algorithm. The second and third one define the contour of the attack and sustain portions and brings you a total control of the depth and duration of each stage.

FAC Transient gives you all you need to design the shape of your instruments and provides them the place they deserve in your mix.


Stone Echo  AU
Aleksandar Mlazev
2,29 Euro, App-Store
Art: Echoeffekt

iPad Apps für Musiker

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Echo effect Audio Unit V3 inspired by the mayan pyramids acoustic echo. I come up with a complex phase modulated frequency of the echo so you can change it’s frequency signature. It is kind of changing the material of the reflective surface and I called it “Stone F”. 
I have made the echo to sound more music friendly to me but there is button called “UFO” and if you press it the effect is more close to the mayan just shifting the frequency backwards (I liked that better). You can also control the feedback of the phase modulation. 

The effect can work as a stand alone app and as an audio unit AUV3 plug-in.
Stone Echo is an effect that is heavy on the CPU

- Time – time offset of the echo
- Stone F – frequency response of the echo
- Feedback – echo feedback
- Level – the volume of the echo
- UFO – heavy modulated echo

Discord4 4+ AU
Audio Damage
6,99 Euro, App-Store

Art: Pitch-Shifter, Eventide H910-Style

Discord 4

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Discord4 is the latest version of our most popular and long-lived product, our Discord stereo pitch shifter. Originally modeled from the H910, Discord has long since become its own effect and a studio standby, and this version includes major additions to further stretch its capabilities. This application includes a stand-alone version (with Inter-App Audio) and an AUv3 effect for use in hosts that support that format, such as Beatmaker 3, AUM, Cubasis, and Garageband. A full PDF manual is available at the Audio Damage website.
Discord4 consists of three separate algorithms: a „vintage“ mode (the original Discord algorithm, modeled on the Eventide H910 and H949), a „clean“ mode for more modern shifting sounds, and a „granular“ mode for experimental effects. Each mode has its strengths, depending on the input material, and Discord3 has a broad palette of capabilities as a result. The P1 and P2 algorithms have full control over the buffer (window) size of the shift effect, for fine tuning the shift to the input signal, or for stranger sound effects. At the extremes of the six-octave shift range, some truly strange aliasing and artifacts can be had with this control.

neo Drone – virtual theremin
Aleksandar Mlazev
3,49 Euro, App-Store

neo Drone

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
neo Drone is innovative theremin like synthesizer. The pitch of the oscillators is controlled by moving your hand in the air without touching the device. The hand is tracked by the front face camera.

Description video to see it in action:

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The algorithm behind was made by me on the second Music Hakathon in Sofia.
You can control the range of the synth by adjusting the light sensitivity, but the app is not working in dark environments. The tonal range is 2 and a half octaves and you can play in legato and staccato mode.
The touch area of the device is working as a kill switch so you can produce these talking synth sound.

REMAKE – multiband effect  AU
Aleksandar Mlazev
2,29 Euro
, App-Store
Art: Audioeffekt


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Remake is a multi-band effect designed for rich and crisp sound. The input signal is split into 3 parts. Then resonances are added to the lows (under 100Hz) and at the same time two harmonic voices are added to the mid frequencies only. One unison voice and one on perfect fifth interval. These 2 voices have their own positions in the stereo. Then the original mids are mixed with the additional voices and the signal goes through warm and gentle overdrive/gain booster effect with gain control. The high frequencies of the sound are sent through slight vibrato effect.
All these signals are finally mixed on the output to form the result sound.…

Alien Box AU
Aleksandar Mlazev
3,49 Euro, App-Store
Art: Audioeffekt

iPad Apps für Musiker

Alien Box

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Alien Box is a completely new kind of audio effect that you have never heard before. It makes the sound big and slightly increases the sustain while adding gentle vibes to it. The vibes are LFO modulated and the effect is using very complex resonator system inside. It is modulation effect and you can compare it to flanger, phaser or chorus but it is not like any of them…

The app is an Audio Unit Effect AUV3 and can be used inside GarageBand or other AU host apps as an effect plug-in. Alien Box can also run as a stand alone app adding effect to the audio input so you can play your guitar, bass or synth directly three the app if you have the connector to do so.

GeoShred Play
Wizdom Music LLC
10,99 Euro, App-Store
IAP : Vollversion
 auf GeoShred

GeoShred Play

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
With GeoShred Play, everyone can shred using the the new diatonic playing surface! You can Shred the Blues and never hit a wrong note. Slide your finger in any direction and let the magic happen using a scale that fits perfectly against a backing track. Seamlessly move between fretless and diatonic modalities in a magical musical way using our isomorphic and diatonic playing surface and groundbreaking intelligent pitch rounding.

GeoShred Play is a play-only version of the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. GeoShred Play can be used to perform GeoShred Pro presets.

It’s a great way to get started with GeoShred, AND it can be upgraded to ALL of the powerful GeoShred Pro features like preset editing, MIDI/MPE and setlist editing.

GeoShred Control
Wizdom Music LLC
10,99 Euro
, App-Store
Art: MIDI/ MPE-Controller

GeoShred Control

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
GeoShred Control is a stand alone MIDI/MPE controller based on GeoShred. You can use GeoShred Control to perform MIDI/MPE synthesizers. Seamlessly move between fretless and diatonic modalities in a magical musical way using our isomorphic and diatonic playing surface and groundbreaking intelligent pitch rounding.

GeoShred Control is highly expressive when controlling instruments that use the upcoming “MPE” MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It’s a formidable iPad/iPhone based MIDI/MPE controller!

GeoShred Control has an arpeggiator, support for temperaments/world scales, backing tracks and 3D touch (on devices that support 3D touch) and you can upgrade to Geoshred Pro with it’s powerful physical model of stringed instruments.

Dented Audio
Dented Pixel
Gratis, App-Store
Art: Augmented Reality Audio-App

dented Audio

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Erstellen und streuen Sie Klänge um Ihren Lebensraum mit der Macht des prozeduralen Klanges und vergrößerte Realität! Finden Sie neue Töne im Audio-Editor und speichern Sie Ihre Kreationen in „Aktivatoren“, die Sie in Ihre Umgebung ziehen können, um zu spielen. Dynamische Bilder reagieren auf deine Klänge und laufen in deine Welt!

Denken Sie daran, dass die vergrößerte Wirklichkeit Erfahrung nur mit Geräten mit einem A9-Chip und höher funktioniert. Benutzer mit älteren Geräten können noch andere Funktionen in der App verwenden.

Audiofusion Performer
Audio Fusion Systems, LLC
Gratis, App-Store
Art: Audiostreaming über WiFi-Sender / Empfänger

Audiofusion Performer

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
By receiving real-time audio over Wi-Fi and playing it through your ear phones, Audiofusion Performer turns your iPhone into a wireless in-ear monitoring system.

Plus, Performer is a complete monitor mixer, giving you complete control over the sound in your ears. Adjust the volume, panning and labeling of each audio input to create your personalized mix.

Performer receives its audio from our Audiofusion SoundCaster app, which runs on MacBook.

SoundCaster connects to your digital audio source and broadcasts it in real-time over Wi-Fi to each connected Performer. Performer will only receive audio from Audio Fusion’s SoundCaster software.

Grid Music 
Michael Daines
5,49 Euro, App-Store

Grit Music

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Create endless musical sequences from simple melodies to complex, randomly evolving loops. All on a simple 5×5 grid.

“It’s stable, it’s fun, it is quite different to other sequencers and synths and it can generate some really unusual and interesting patterns.“ Ashley Elsdon, Create Digital Music

Grid Music is a generative step sequencer. It makes music by conducting pulses between cells, which can play notes, modulate the synthesized sound, or emit pulses at regular intervals. Pulses can change direction randomly at intersections, creating random melodies and timbre. The fixed grid is designed for direct manipulation and is easy to use on devices big and small.

FS FreezeVerb  AU
Bang Means Do It Software Ltd.
4,49 Euro, App Store
Art: Halleffekt


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
FS FreezeVerb is a lush sounding stereo reverb, perfect for both subtle ambience and cavernous reverberation. With its clear and simple design, FS FreezeVerb makes it easy for users to dial in their ideal reverb settings – complete with a visualisation of the virtual room. The Dampen function lets users vary the damping within their virtual room – lower settings mean less damping, making the room’s walls more reflective.

The app’s defining feature, however, is its Freeze Mode. When turned on, the reverb signal at that particular moment is ‘frozen’ and continues indefinitely – perfect for creating ambient soundscapes and unique textures.

FS FreezeVerb can be used as standalone application or can be used as an Audio Unit.

Foxglove Flanger
Flora Creative Ltd.
2,29 Euro, App-Store

Foxglove Flanger

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Foxflove Flanger is a 60’s style through-zero flanger effect with pre-process saturation and high shelf filtering giving enough versatility to make thin guitars crunchy or give some subtle keys a little more depth. 

Built upon the tenet of simplicity, the flora project presents great sounding, lightweight audio effects using Inter-App Audio and Audiobus technologies to allow you to get the sound you want, without sacrificing processing power.

More information about the flora project can be found at

Frederic Corvest
7,99 Euro
, App-Store


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Maxima is an audio effect designed to provide automatic gain control of your audio materials to ensure that the levels stay consistent and never exceed 0dB. It’s a clever combination of dynamic processors that can be set to provide a gentle transparent signal boost respecting the initial dynamic or significant colorised level maximisation. Thanks to a unique signal path, algorithms and a small set of parameters, Maxima makes a complicated task easy.

In addition to the classic final stage application, Maxima excels on individual tracks too. With a few changes it’s easy to go from the common gain deviation compensation, e.g. for vocals, to drastical audio changes that will bring your audio material to new territories: boost reverb tails, flattenize drums… The applications are various and the possibilities are limitless.

Filterstation 2 AU 
Audio Damage, Inc.
5,49 Euro, App-Store
Art: Filtereffekt


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Filterstation2 is the Audio Damage take on the classic serial/parallel/stereo dual filter topology, made famous (and some would say „indispensable“) by the Sherman Filterbank and its many clones. With twelve filter algorithms, an envelope follower with stereo sidechain input, a full FSU section for extra signal hacking, and an easy-to-use interface, Filterstation2 is a valuable addition to any producer’s toolkit.

Groove Rider GR-16
Dmitrij Pavlov
20,99 Euro, App-Store

iPad Apps für Musiker


App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
Groove Rider GR-16 is a professional step-sequenced groove box, inspired by professional hardware drum machines and rhythm boxes. It has a powerful Poison-202 based two oscillator synthesizer engine, plus a big variety of included PCM drum samples, insert/send/master effects, arpeggiator, automation recording, modulator, ADSR and filter block, and more! Built-in factory pattern library includes patterns in different music styles, which will inspire you (the list will be appended with the regular updates).


FM Player: Classic DX Synths
Classic 80s FM Synth Sounds
AudioKit Pro
, App-Store
Art: Rompler

FM Player: Classic DX Synths

App-Store Beschreibung (Auszug):
We are all volunteers and this was a labor of love, we have spent months lovingly crafting and sampling the sounds. 

• Faithful recordings of famous classic presets from original retro 80s FM Synthesizers 
• Over 65+ presets included, completely free!
• Beautiful Reverb, Auto Pan, Bit Crush, Stereo Fatten, and more!
• MIDI in (Play with a MIDI Keyboard) 
• Low-pass Filter: Cutoff, Rez, and Filter LFO 
• Analog Tape Style Ping-Pong Delay.

CURiOS: Dieses App ist ein Rompler und kein Synthesizer, kann also nur eine sehr begrenzten Ausschnitt eines DX7 abdecken.

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    Johnny Sunday

    Liebes CURios Magazin. Ich versuche seit geraumer Zeit eine Möglichkeit zu finden mein Ipad bzw darauf befindliche Synths (zB Animoog) anders zu stimmen, zB auf 432Hz statt 440Hz. Ich fand bislang keine Lösung. Bitte helft mir!! DANKE

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      Markus Schroeder RED

      @Johnny Sunday Hallo Johnny,

      wenn der Synthi nicht schon von vornherein Mircotuning eingbaut hat, bleibt nur der Weg über MIDI.

      Also bleiben nur externe Möglichkeiten über MIDI z.B mit einem permanenten Pitchbend-Controller. Viele Synthies haben aber eine „Fine“-/ Detune-Einstellung für die Oszillatoren, die per MIDI gemappt werden kann. Wie „Fine“ sich das Microtuning verhält ist allerdings für jeden Synthe unterschiedlich, das reicht vom +/-32tel bis +/- 63tel eines Halbtons.
      Um da allerdings genaut 432 Hz zu treffen muss man ausprobieren und die Verstimmung ist dann auch konstant über die gesamte Skala hinweg.

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