So here’s the current list:

  • Nanostudio
  • Jasuto Pro
  • iMS20
  • Stompbox
  • BS-16i
  • Filtatron
  • Rebirth
  • Xenon
  • Thumbjam
  • ImproVox
  • Filtatron
  • Bebot
  • TouchOSC
  • Curtis
  • Amos
  • Morphwiz
  • mugician

I will be going with this list towards the end of next week, so if you want to nominate any more there are a few more days to do it in.

32 comments

  1. I nominate;

    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

    cos it's brilliant, and very strange!

    (And of course I can't nominate myself because that's bad sportsmanship! 🙂 )

  2. I can dig the whole list, but I hate the sight of Rebirth on it. I can't support that. I would Replace Rebirth with NLOG Pro or Multitrack..

  3. Hey, I just noticed Filtatron is on the list TWICE. So there is Room for Electrify, one of my favorite apps thats way Better than Rebirth! 🙂

  4. Really? No iVoxel?

    One of the most innovative apps I've tried this year! Most of the other apps mentioned really aren't “innovative” just different versions of whats gone before! iVoxel genuinely offers something unavailable elsewhere… jus' sayin'… 🙂

  5. like to see removed;
    Filtatron. 2 stars in the store and only comments
    about it being unuseable due to low volume.

    Morphwizz. Just because the rudess guy doesnt
    doesn't take us buyers seriously since his hexatone
    has some big bugs but there is no reaction at all
    no email no update nothing on forum.

    And because of the photograph : )

  6. Wow, I'm late to the party 🙂

    There's a difference between “great/awesome” and “innovative”.

    Like many said before me, Rebirth shouldn't be on that list. Adding touch controls to a 10 years + old app is in no way innovative.

    The same applys to any other apps that simply added touch controls to already existing synths. Some many apps fells just like a softsynth plugin with touch controls tacked on. As good as some are (and some are really good), I still wouldn't call them innovative.

    As an example : Pocket Trumpet was more innovative than many apps listed here (because of the use of the gyroscope), even thought all of these apps are better overall 🙂

    I love Bebot, and hope someday the devs do a Bebot 2 with gyroscope control and MIDI out signals. Thumbjam and Filtatron gets my votes too (Filtatron makes great use of X-Y pads).

  7. I'm a little confused about the inclusion of the awesome Bebot since I'm sure it came out over a year ago. A few others too.

    Anyway, I reckon NLog Pro should be on there and second iVoxel. I am really enjoying iVoxel at the moment and hope they add “per voxel” tuning rather than “per keyboard” tuning.

  8. This list includes so many non-innovative apps, that are simply awesome In There own right, all the synth studio sampler based apps are simply copies of what's gone before the x/y pad thing is simply a kaoss pad port, xenon and ims-20 there all simple synths with a touch interface rather than mouse pads…. Morphviz and the like really shine because of the scaling and similer tools, hexatone was quality but last years news and yeah poor customier service, if were talking innovative we need to also recognize apps like noise machine and aweditorium. There are some Great apps on the list but few inovative ones, come on guys

  9. This list includes so many non-innovative apps, that are simply awesome In There own right, all the synth studio sampler based apps are simply copies of what's gone before the x/y pad thing is simply a kaoss pad port, xenon and ims-20 there all simple synths with a touch interface rather than mouse pads…. Morphviz and the like really shine because of the scaling and similer tools, hexatone was quality but last years news and yeah poor customier service, if were talking innovative we need to also recognize apps like noise machine and aweditorium. There are some Great apps on the list but few inovative ones, come on guys

  10. It would be great to have a poll where we can not only vote but submit new app names and create a list for the truly innovative app of the year.

    Palm Sounds, do you think its a good idea?

  11. I nominate the following additional apps:
    – Everyday Looper (for being just an unhealty amount of fun)
    – Wivi Band (physical modelling, baby! incredibly good sounding, with a great breathing interface and a ridiculously low price)
    – SunVox (for being a music app with infinite potential at a time where everybody else did 1 trick ponys)
    – SoundPrism (for giving a whole new access to chords for old piano-centered guys like me)
    – Monle (for allowing reporters do all of their multitrack nonlinear editing on the go, and for having a great interface)

    – Franco

  12. I nominate studio.HD, cool because of the fx automation and layer approach that builds on the old-school DAW mode. Also it lets you edit their Looptastic files so it is like the Ableton perform/edit thing.

    I also the way the keyboard works with ouiLead.

    Ta!

  13. What a great set of comments. I do agree that there is a difference between awesome and innovative, and whilst there is room for both this is really about what is breaking new ground on the mobile platforms.

    What is interesting is that the whole thing is iOS based with the exceptions of Sunvox and Mixtikl which are cross platform.

    As to whether it is ok to have an app nominated which didn't launch in 2010 yes that's fine so long as it is clear that it has innovated in 2010. For some apps this is obvious and for others it is a bit vague.

    Finally, as for when you can vote, that would be in just under a week as I'd like the winner announced on the 23rd.

    Hope that clears up a few questions.

  14. For everyone saying nanostudio is not innovative, that's crap…

    Lots of synths + sequencers + sampler + effects would mean jack shit if blip didn't come up with some creative interface solutions to make it all usable on an iphone.

    The interface just seems obvious in retrospect because it works so well.

  15. There are crossovers in a lot of ios music apps.

    For instance:

    Nanostudio's filters can pretty much handle the duties that Filtatron perform. Different, I know, but I can get a lot more done by just staying in Nano and not bothering with the Moog. And at the end of the day, the Filtatron is really just a filter. Plus Nano has a wicked on-the-fly sampler.

    Thumbjam can handle all sample playback duties AND record on the in real time. It can also multi-track as good as any press-record multi-track app out there. And the samples sound pretty good as well. For me, it replaces any sample playback only apps… pianos, trumpets etc.

    Morphwiz, as much as I can't stand a lot of the pops and cracks I get with some of the presets, it records, loops, and makes some pretty strange noises all while being very intuitive with most of the controls at your finger tips. I see most other touch based apps as variation on the same theme.

    I'm not saying these apps should be the most innovative but so many me-to apps out there.

  16. I had a totally awesome talk with Rob Fielding, Mugician's creator. My vote is cast. Mugician.

    Morphwiz is cool, I really enjoy how much Jordan has put himself in it, but there is still to improve.

    Actually, nothing's innovative in the list. Creative…maybe.
    Define creative and innovative and we'll talk later.

    What is outstanding is what matters. Period.

  17. @Jean-Baptiste
    Its true, Mugician is really awesome. Possibly the best control surface of all IOS app along X-Y controllers.

    It makes me wonder why nobody thought of Mugician before 🙂

  18. Some of these are old. Not that they are bad apps (I still love playing with Bebot), but the improvements haven't really been groundbreaking. There have been so many new music apps out this year, you should focus on those.

  19. Looptastic Producer Combined with Studio HD…..
    Best idea ever…. Just needs to sort the importing out a bit…. Keep the updates coming

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