Developer: Alexander Gross
Price: $14.99 Download on the App Store
Lets start with the bad news, Xewton Music Studio is a $20 iphone application. That is a lot of money on a platform that offers an almost infinite amount of free and under $2 apps. That being said this thing is a beast and in a world that seems to be in a drunken race to the bottom, I will gladly stand on the top and give Xewton my hard earned 20 bucks.
One of the best aspects of this music studio app is the sounds quality — this baby purrs. The dare I say brilliant sound quality really shines when mixing a track with one of the 21 instruments included in the app. Another very cool feature is the ability to transfer and save your work through wi-fi, this simple but rather important feature gives Zewton a very real usefulness — especially for those composing on the run (you know who I am talking about out there).
All of this plus the fact that you can play or record two different instruments at the same time makes Xewton Music Studio a relatively expensive app for the common folk but a borderline must-have for anyone with a musical ear. There we've said it., this app is not for the "casual musician." Xewton Music Studio is advanced, robust, complex and full of moving parts.
If you are a professional — or hard-core amateur — musician that needs a portable music studio for on-the-spot audio production, then you know that $20 is a gift. These stats may not mean much to the rest of us, but pros will appreciate the lengthy features list direct from the developer:
- Photo-realistic, dynamically configurable 85-key keyboard
- Professionally sampled instruments — studio recorded, 16bit, 44kHz from real instruments
- Release and attack time configurable per instru
- Sustain samples
- 4 real-time effects with lots of parameters
- Reverb, delay, 3-band equalizer, amplifier
- 128-track sequencer
- Per-track mute, solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment
- Select, move, copy, delete, repeat, transpose whole measures
- Draw and edit notes (move, transpose, velocity, etc)
- Save, load and export your songs to wave
If you're on the road to stardom, remember this: Nothing says Rock Star like a music studio in your pocket. Check out the video demo to see Xewton Music Studio in action.