Developer: Shiverware Interactive Software Developments Inc.

Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Remember when you first discovered you could play simple songs, like “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” on your telephone? I don’t, because my family insisted on clinging to rotary-style technology until they were forced to replace it with pulse/touch-tone dialing.

Now, however, I can relive the tone-deaf days of my youth via Musix: A customizable, isomorphic musical keyboard for the iDevice. Before I forget continue, it should be noted that not only is Musix MUCH easier to use on the iPad, it’s practically a completely separate experience apart from the iPhone altogether: Its large screen allows users to manipulate Musix’ keyboard using multiple fingers, whereas real estate on the iPhone/iTouch, while still playable, is crowded. Unless you have hands like a ring-tailed lemur, you’ll want to own or access an iPad to receive the full array of benefits Musix has to offer.

Musix’ main screen consists of a scalable (depending on your settings) honey-hive of color-coded, hexagonal-shaped notes. Each hexagon on the screen represents a note and surrounding hexagons are harmonically related. Users can touch individual or multiple notes to play/compose music (single notes or chords). Chords are played by touching three (or more) notes at a time, e.g. pressing three hexagons in a triangular pattern emits Major/Minor chords, depending on whether the triangle points up (for Major notes) or down (for Minor notes).

In addition to customizing the screen-layout (size, type, etc.), users can choose their output from a list of different musical instruments and even send their music to midi-devices or programs, in real-time.

For the musically-challenged, Musix contains a comprehensive, built-in user tutorial, explaining everything from each layout and its attributes to instructional videos on playing chords and scales. That said, Musix was clearly developed for the music lover in us all: Its intuitive graphical user interface not only makes it surprisingly easy and rewarding to learn (or just play) music, it appeals to music lovers at every level, from novices wanting to learn and/or play music, to songwriters looking to discover new melodies and musicalrelationships.

Anyone who loves music, regardless of skill level, owes it to themselves to experience Musix. Simply exploring the app will open musical doors you never knew existed. It certainly did for me.

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