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Jordan Rudess’s Featured & Recommended Apps


Welcome to my Featured Apps page. This page will highlight apps for iOS that I believe deserve special recognition.I hope you enjoy this page and who knows, maybe the next JR feature will be about your app!


Ravenscroft 275 Piano

I’m blown away by the UVI iOS Ravenscroft 275 piano app. It sounds beautiful. I used the jamstik PUC to get standard MIDI out of my Kronos and then it sent Bluetooth midi to the iPhone. I then plugged the audio from my iPhone 7 (which was running the piano app) into the Roland GO MIXER and took USB out of that into an iPhone 6 which recorder everything.



LayR is a deep synthesis app for iOS. Split and layer an unbelievable number of textures with this incredibly cool music application.


Future Drum & Shaper

Future Drummer




Future Drummer and Shaper are two awesome apps that I put together inside AudioBus.
Shaper is basically "destroying" Future Drum in the coolest of ways while FD lays down some serious grooves!



ApeSoft has just released a very cool new synthesizer app for iOS entitled “mood”
Lots of great flexibility and sonic possibilities!
Here is a video of my explorations!



The iWAVESTATION by Korg is a serious favorite of mine. A great iOS implementation of a groundbreaking Korg hardware synthesizer that takes advantage of the possibilities of control on a multitouch device. Back in the day, I introduced the Wavestation with John Bowen, one of the original creators of the instrument!




Looperverse is the ultimate loop recording and performance system for iOS! Continuously record up to 16 tracks worth of content, and immediately edit them. Inter App Audio and AudioBus support ensures that you can record any virtual instrument.

Looperverse allows for very flexible looping. Here is an experiment using GeoShred as an Inter App Audio instrument within Looperverse on my iPad.



LumaFX is the most powerful choice for layering customizable FX and color correction on your videos. Add multiple color, styles, blurs, pixel effects and distortions to create an infinite variety of effects. Adjust individual parameters on each effect and color correction. Use keyframing to animate each effect. Ideal for professional video producers, mobile journalists and movie making enthusiasts!
This app is produced by the original creators of the award-winning Pinnacle Studio App.




ROTOR is the new app that turns your device into a complete music performance suite. Using the optional ROTOR controllers, which can be purchased separately, it also brings the reactable tangible music experience that has captivated musicians such as Björk, Coldplay or Gui Boratto, for the first time into the iPad.


NOISE (with ROLI Blocks


NOISE is a free modular music app that lets you create music in minutes whether you’re a beginner or a pro musician. Using simple, easy-to-learn gestures, you can make beats, melodies and songs with a huge library of sounds. NOISE is an incredibly powerful handheld instrument, and that’s not all. It’s also the software engine of ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio.





Bebot is a musical instrument that anyone can play. Instead of a keyboard, it has an easy-to-use touch control system. And it’s all built into a friendly animated robot, who performs your music while you play.

Although it looks simple on the outside, inside is a powerful synth engine which lets you create and edit your own sounds and apply effects. The controls are simple to use, making it fun to tinker and experiment with sound. If you just want to get playing, there’s also a wide selection of preset sounds.




Samplr allows you to make music and play with sound in a new and intuitive way by touching the waveform on the screen with your fingers. Explore the sounds melody and texture using the different play modes and create your music compositions with the gesture recorder.




DrumJam is a whole new world of percussion and drums for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Designed by award winning international percussionist Pete Lockett and Sonosaurus LLC, the developer of ThumbJam, this app is a real first for percussion. It’s an exciting and powerful tool, opening up the world of rhythm in a completely hands-on and inspiring way. Whether you are a novice just looking for a bit of rhythmic fun, a songwriter or producer looking for a fresh rhythmic idea, a percussion student writing arrangements for a project, a music teacher looking for rhythm ideas to teach, or a drum circle facilitator seeking to expand their repertoire, this app has something for you.

Also featured in this video is my own Tachyon app from Wizdom Music.




Gestrument – the revolutionary gesture instrument! Swipe your finger to play – it has never been easier to make music! Improvise or compose within the scales and rhythms you choose. Use parameters like pulse density, scale morphing, rhythm randomness or pitch fluctuation to find new paths for your musical expression and creativity. Use the tutorials or define your own settings to fit the musical style you want to play and compose in. Play on up to eight instruments at once – all with different individual settings.




SoundPrismenables you to create beautiful music immediately without any previous knowledge. With its unique visualization of pitches and intuitive controls composing sophisticated melodies, tone and chord patterns becomes child’s play.

It also plays well in this video with my own app MorphWiz from Wizdom Music.


TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer


TC-11is the only fully programmable multi-touch synthesizer for the iPad. Choose from the 160 included presets, or build your own using touch controls, device motion, and on-board modules. Create music with the next evolution of synthesizer control!




AudioStretch is an iOS app created by my friend Gerry Beauregard. He is unusually talented audio programmer. With a AudioStretch he has created something that is unique and powerful. It allows you to slow down audio to an absolute freezing point which can be used as an incredible learning tool as well as an amazing sonic manipulator. Unlike other apps that slow down your music so you can learn it, AudioStretch can slow it down to the point of being still. If that’s not slow enough for you, you can also play the audio file in reverse! While it’s doing that it can maintain its harmonic quality. Amazing.


EFFECTRIX by Sugar-Bytes


Sugar-bytes creates extremely cool cutting edge music software. Effectrix is one of my very favorite effects plug-ins for my computer but now it is also in app form for iOS!

If you’re looking for out of the box coolness which can take your sonics to another level, you must check this out!




ZED is very cool new app that allows you to explore new sonic territory by incorporating traditional methods of synthesis along with modeling synthesis. What really is interesting to me is when you start bringing audio from outside sources into the app. You can do things like make a drum groove take on harmonic pitched elements or achieve the sound of resonating piano strings from any input source. Congratulations to developer Richard Meyer for being my very first app feature on this page.





ThumbJam stands at the very top of the overcrowded music app world. The sounds included absolutely rival those found in pro instruments and making music on the app is a total joy. The only problem I have with this app is that I did not make it myself! Luckily, I’m able to work with the developer and offer a few good feature ideas as well as some choice sounds from my personal collection