Let us continue with some of the best music apps for your iPad or iPad 2.
MorphWiz is funky app that draws inspiration from the Haken Continuum Fingerboard, an outlandish MIDI instrument used by prog rockers Dream Theater. MorphWiz app, like the real thing, is a vertical grid-based instrument that transmits audio waveforms as visual shapes onto the grid, and these are then morphed by tapping the display. You can control the initial pitch of any particular note, and up to 10 notes can be controlled simultaneously. Various other elements (vibrato, tremulo, etc) can be controlled – choose from different scales or chords to assign to the playing suface – a revolutionary app for a revolutionary concept. Price: £6.99
Good fun even for complete beginners.
TNR is an iPad adaption of Yamaha’s Tenori-on instrument, made famous by electro artist Little Boots, and closely resembles the real thing. A 16 x 16 grid of buttons is used to create tunes, the horizontal lines control time and the vertical lines control pitch. Up to 16 layers can be combined to form rhythms and melodies. In adition, each sound makes its corresponding button glow, so you end up creating a virtual light show that plays in sync with your music. With various modes tweak the results TNR is a great fun for musicians and non-musicians. Price: $19.99.
Reactable is another weird-instrument-inspired app, this is based on the Reactable, as used by Bjork; it’s a round tabletop-touchscreen instrument. Using multi-touch control, this app combines sampling with modular synth and digital effects. The app is very flexible in allowing users to upload their own loops and provides a large assortment of instruments to create distortion, compression and reverb. Basics like tempo and tone are configurable too. Price: $9.99
Looptastic HD allows you to create your own remixes from a catalogue of 900 existing loops from various styles (hip hop, dubstep, trance). Loops can be downloaded from the Loop Store or from other sources in AIFF, WAV or OGG format, or record your own with the inbuilt mic. Finished tracks can be exported to Mac or PC as 16-bit stereo AIFF files. Best of all, in Looptastic HD, loops are automatically stretched to fit the master tempo. Looptastic HD costs $14.99.
StudioTrack is essentially an eight-track recorder in iPad form, Studio Track enables budding songwriters to put down tracks while on the fly. A metronome helps you keep time, and playback levels can be monitored and recorded. Audio can be imported as WAV, MP3 or AIFF formats via email attachment or by dragging into StudioTrack file-sharing area under ‘Apps’ in iTunes. Effects such as reverb and delay can be added to vocals or instruments. Price: $19.99
iShred LIVE is designed for use with the Griffin GuitarConnect cable and StompBox. This app converts your app into a portable guitar rig. The basic package includes a pedal board with Q-36 space modulator, HK-2000 digital delay (with tap tempo) and buzz kill.Users can switch between clean and overdrive channels, and can create up to 48 custom effects to add to the six presets. The app is free to download, and the barebones app can be souped-up via assorted in-app purchases, for example a super fuzz pedal or a variable waveform tremolo. The app provides an on-board four-track loop recorder. iShred Live will cost exactly nothing.
Guitarist's Reference is a real good reference for both pro and novice guitarists alike, all your strum-related theory questions will be answered herein. A guitar chord encyclopaedia catalogues more than 3000 of the most commonly-used chords, with helpful diagrams and a guitar ‘scale reference’ with 42 scale types (major, minor, pentatonic, or diminished). There’s even a guide to arpeggios, and for the less classically-inclined, a rundown of the most popular alternative guitar tunings. The jewel of the Guitarist’s Reference though, was the reverse chord finder, so you can just play away and let the app do the hard work. Guitarist’s Reference app costs just $5.99