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We re­port on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in phone and tablet mu­sic mak­ing

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NanoS­tu­dio 2

The orig­i­nal NanoS­tu­dio set the bench­mark for all-in-one iOS mu­sic pro­duc­tion apps, but a lot has hap­pened in the eight years since its re­lease. Ver­sion 2 looks to re­tain the de­sign prin­ci­ples that made its pre­de­ces­sor so ap­peal­ing, but is a com­pletely new iPad app with count­less im­prove­ments. These in­clude a pow­er­ful new synth called Ob­sid­ian, a drum sam­pler called Slate, AU sup­port and ad­vanced se­quenc­ing and mix­ing tools. £29.99. blip­in­ter­ac­tive.co.uk

Bloom

The first ver­sion of Bloom, Brian Eno and Peter Chil­vers’ gen­er­a­tive mu­sic app, also felt like a land­mark re­lease when it ar­rived ten years ago, show­ing just what was pos­si­ble on the iPhone. Now we have Bloom: 10 Worlds, an an­niver­sary edi­tion that ex­pands on the orig­i­nal. As be­fore, you make mu­sic and vi­su­als by tap­ping the screen, but there are now 10 new worlds and a big­ger palette of sounds and im­ages. You’ll be en­tranced all over again. £4.99 for iOS; an An­droid ver­sion is com­ing. gen­er­a­tive­mu­sic.com

Electribe El ib Wave W

Korg has up­dated Electribe Wave, its EDM­cen­tric iPad groove­box app, to ver­sion 2, adding a cou­ple of fea­tures that make it more flex­i­ble. Fore­most is drum sam­ple im­port; you can now use your own sounds for beats. The ad­di­tion of Able­ton Live pro­ject ex­port, mean­while, means that it’s eas­ier for users of that DAW to con­tinue work­ing on their Wave projects on PC or Mac. Electribe Wave 2 costs £39.99. korg.com

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