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Futulele is "The Ukulele of the Future"

Posted by Jordan Minor on May 29th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

At this point it seems that developers are willing to turn the iPad into literally anything and it is getting a little ridiculous. Forget virtual guitars and turntables, Futulele is here to turn iPads into virtual ukuleles. It is almost as crazy as it is just plain awesome. Is there really anyone out there who wouldn’t want a ukulele?

The set-up should feel familiar to anyone who has dabbled with Apple’s own GarageBand app. Users pick some chords and start strumming away. Users can also record themselves and adjust various chorus and effect settings. According to the developers though, what sets Futulele apart from competing synthesizers is its physics-based, CrystalClear 4.0 sound engine. Apparently it makes Futulele “the first app which sounds absolutely like the real thing.”

Additionally, those with both an iPad and iPhone can join the two into one instrument using the app. A special guitar case and Futulele Remote App allow musicians to pick chords on the iPhone while simultaneously strumming on the iPad.

Play the perfect summer soundtrack. Futulele is available now on the App Store for $4.99.

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Akai Pro Introduces MPC Fly for iPad 2

Posted by Jason Wadsworth on January 20th, 2012

The new Akai Pro MPC Fly turns any iPad 2 into a full featured MPC (music production center). Not only does it turn an iPad into a portable production center, but it also acts as a protective case opening on hinges to sit upright, lay flat, or close shut for transport. The MPC Fly touts 16 pads with note repeat and swing, and works with any Core MIDI apps. It also works in conjunction with the MPC Fly iPad app.

With the MPC Fly iPad app users can sequence four tracks at once, access library of audio samples and drum kits, use various audio effects on their sequences, pull samples from their iTunes library, and share their work on SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter.

The MPC Fly houses it's own rechargeable lithium-ion battery making it a truly portable solution. It also includes a wall charger, and will charge the iPad while it's plugged in to the wall. No word yet on how much the MPC will retail for.

Songineer - Instant Composer Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on November 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BALLAD BUILDER
Songineer bridges the gap between simple music-generation and full-blown compositions.
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Touch DJ Evolution Introduces a New Way to DJ

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 28th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If there's one common thread among all DJ apps, it's that they frequently try to emulate the classic turntable mechanic of track mixing. In an era of digital audio, this seems a wee bit outdated. So, in the tradition of so many informercials, I exclaim: "There's got to be a better way!" Touch DJ Evolution is then the product that tries to improve on this first world problem. The app features a different method of track mixing, allowing users to mix two tracks through an entirely visual interface. The app features a one-touch track synchronization feature, and the ability to easily adjust the tempo of tracks with "Master Tempo technology." The idea is to make mixing easier and more accessible than with traditional DJ software. The app is free to download, with a variety of in-app purchases for additional features, like importing music from the iPod library. The app can be wholly unlocked for all present and future features for $9.99.

Star Guitar

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Billy Miller on April 9th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: INSPIRED
Muses don't schedule appointments. They aren't fine with being told to "please hold." If you don't have time for her at the moment, there are plenty of buskers down the street who will. Left your guitar at home? Not her problem. Of course, she might think
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