Posts Tagged Music

The Backing Track App Review

The Backing Track App Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Backing Track App provides musicians with a useful tool to practice improvisation. Users can jam to a variety of styles with limited options.

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Ninja Jamm Review

Ninja Jamm Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use the numerous tools in Ninja Jam to become a DJ and make a remix.

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The Orchestra Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The Orchestra takes classical music lovers of all ages on a multi-media back stage tour like no other.

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Eventful Review

Eventful Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering personalized event recommendations, Eventful is a great tool to figure out what to do and where, even if it is a little forgetful when it comes to one's location.

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Halfbrick (Jetpack Joyride) gave us an early look at its new Game Dev Story meets Rockband game, Band Stars. Choose a genre, band members, and lyrical topics to create hit songs and build your following. Train musicians, keep them well supplied with energy drinks, and you’ll have a dream team rockin’ in no time.

Weezic Augmented Sheet Music Review

Weezic Augmented Sheet Music Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Weezic not only offers sheet music for a variety of instruments, but also provides a beneficial practice tool that assesses your performance.

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Sonos today released an update to their apps that allows you to save global favorites, called Sonos Favorites from all of their music services in one convenient list. For instance you can save a playlist from Spotify, a favorite radio station from the streaming radio, a favorite station from Sirius XM. And each of them will appear in your Sonos Favorites where you have two touch access to them. Much better than diving three to four levels deep looking for your favorite sources.

Sonos also announced a new awesome speaker. The Sonos Playbar. Meant to be a speaker bar that sits under your large screen TV, the Playbar has all of the usual features of a Sonos speaker meaning that you can play “all the music in the world” on it. It also has optical connection to hook directly to your TV. The Playbar will be $699 and available in just a couple weeks. You can preorder it at the Sonos site. Here are the key features, direct from Sonos:

• HiFi Sound for your TV: PLAYBAR’s powerful nine-driver array and unique acoustic software deliver immersive audio for movies and games, huge waves of live concert sound and wirelessly streams all the music on earth. PLAYBAR includes six mid-woofers for deep, rich low frequency sounds and three tweeters for crystal clear high-frequency sounds.

• Play all the music on earth with this complete wireless HiFi system: Whether you’re watching your favorite movie, catching up the latest TV series, gaming with your friends or having a full-on house party, PLAYBAR provides the perfect HiFi accompaniment. Easily access popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody, your favorite Internet radio stations and your personal music library through the free Sonos controller apps. And, PLAYBAR can be used as a standalone all-in-one player or added to your Sonos system, expanding your listening experience throughout the home.

• Home Theater made simple: To set up PLAYBAR, all you have to do is connect an optical audio cable to your TV and apply power. You can place it in front of your TV or mount on the wall and PLAYBAR’s built-in sensors will automatically orient the audio channels and adjust the EQs for the perfect sound. When you add a SUB or two PLAY:3s, you can get a full 5.1 experience without the need for messy wiring or complex audio set-up. Control the volume with your existing TV remote or via one of the free Sonos Controllers for Android, iOS, PC or Mac.

via: Sonos
Too Far Review

Too Far Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Weaving an interesting tapestry of text, art and music, Too Far is an interesting way of making a novel come to life.

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Tonido Review

Tonido Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tonido makes it possible to access entire collections of documents, photos, videos and music on any computer for free.

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Smartsong Review

Smartsong Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Smartsong is a barebones app that allows for quick song writing by choosing suggested chords and recording vocals.

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Jam For iPhone Review

Jam For iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pretend to be a rock star with Jam for iPhone, and watch your popularity (hopefully) flourish.

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Wave Trip Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Players determine how good the music is in this great arcade game.

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Mixis Review

Mixis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's not one for musical pros but Mixis is a quite fun if simple way of creating tunes from tapping.

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Figure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's easy to Figure it out!

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IK Multimedia already offers a plethora of great products for iOS device-owning musicians. Now, the firm has extended that selection with the introduction of five new accessories as part of the iKlip range.

In each case, the new iKlip models provide ways in which to mount and position the iPad or iPad mini, thereby enabling users to operate devices hands-free as well as set up the perfect viewing angle towards a microphone stand, tabletop or anything else of use in the studio. It’s the kind of solution that’s ideal for presentations as well as music studio work, or just around the home.


The iKlip 2 offers such a solution for iPad users, enabling them to attach any type of iPad (from the 2nd generation and later) to a microphone stand securely, as well as be able to adjust the device to just the right viewing angle. For iPad mini users, there’s the iKlip 2 for iPad mini, offering the same potential.


Tabletop stands are also available in separate iPad and iPad Mini versions, with the iKlip Stand making things much simpler. It’s the ideal stand for connecting the iPad above the desktop so that it’s easy to position equipment, such as a musical keyboard or mixer underneath, but it can also be used in the home. Too small an office desk to fit all the devices easily? Use the iKlip Stand to solve such a problem and revel in the extra space!


The iKlip Studio offers a similar solution but is specifically designed for use on flat surfaces, and aimed at those apps that require “energetic tapping and beat making”, tying in nicely with the many DJ based apps already out there. Non-slip rubber grip feet, as well as adjustable viewing angles keep the iPad safe and secure, plus it folds flat, lending itself perfectly to easy storage.

The iKlip 2 for iPad and iKlip 2 for iPad mini will be priced at $39.99 or €29.99 excluding tax, while the iKlip Stand for iPad and iKlip Stand for iPad mini will be $59.99/€49.99. The iKlip Studio for iPad mini is priced at $29.99/€24.99.

We’re big fans of IK Multimedia’s accessories and I suspect these new iKlips will be quite the hit when they ship during the first quarter of 2013.

Santa Rockstar Review

Santa Rockstar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Santa Rockstar is a Guitar Hero-style game that’ll have gamers head banging to their favorite Christmas tunes.

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Hype Machine Review

Hype Machine Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use Hype Machine to browse lists of curated songs in many different categories.

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Starbloom Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A soothing journey through space, creating and destroying the stars in a solar system. Music responds to the press of a fingertip, colors explode everywhere.

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Flea Symphony Review

Flea Symphony Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Solve challenging musical puzzles by bouncing fleas off drums, guitar strings and other instruments in this unique indie title.

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Band Of The Day Review

Band Of The Day Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Each day of the year, Band of the Day highlights a particular new band worthy of checking out, and offers up a selection of tracks and information to absorb.

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In:play Review

In:play Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Delightfully minimalist, In:play is a simple yet great music playing app.

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Arranger Review

Arranger Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Get ready to embark on what is perhaps the most bizarre musical adventure ever! Just be ready for a few stumbling blocks along the way.

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Quik.io HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Quik.io is a fast and hassle-free way to instantly access media files and documents from a PC or Mac on an iPad thanks to its streaming and downloading capabilities.

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Rhythm Rocket Review

Rhythm Rocket Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Race a rocket to the beat of your own music, while dodging asteroids. Rhythm Rocket might be a little too simple for extended sessions but it is appealing.

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Beat Gather Review

Beat Gather Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Slide your fingers to the rhythm of your favorite iTunes songs in this brand new and free iPhone game, but be wary of the in-app purchases that might ruin all the fun.

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iRig Keys Review

Developer: IK Multimedia
Price: $99.99
Device Reviewed With: new iPad, iPhone 5

Usability Rating: ★★★★☆
Integration with iPad/iPhone Rating: ★★★★☆
Hardware Design Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-Use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

IK Multimedia might be trying to take over the music peripheral world. The company has a wide range of apps, instruments, and support items that could, in theory, be used to build a band entirely out of iOS instruments. The latest offering from this prolific manufacturer is titled iRig Keys, a super portable iOS keyboard with 37 velocity-sensitive keys, modulation and pitch wheels, low power consumption, and core MIDI compliance. The iRig is aimed at the portable musician, the composer on the go, the backpack virtuoso, and as such, it succeeds brilliantly.

The manufacturer offers the free version of iGrand Piano or SampleTank, both IK Multimedia, as the apps to use with the iRig Keys, but this unit will work with any MIDI app on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It comes with an included USB cable to plug into a Mac or PC as well, opening up the use of any core MIDI compliant app on a laptop. I was able to make the keyboard work with iGrand, SampleTank, and GarageBand. The setup was as simple as plugging in the keyboard via the 30-pin dock connector and firing up any one of the keyboard apps on my iPad 3. I didn’t notice a significant battery drain while using the iRig Keys unit, either.

The small size of the iRig Keys is the killer feature, of course, as it can easily fit into a backpack or even just carried by hand. It’s small, light, and the controls and keyboard keys all feel well-made. The keys are indeed velocity sensitive, and the handy data send/volume knob feels solidly attached. The octave up/down buttons don’t feel chintzy at all, and the two expression wheels don’t wobble when used. All in all, the iRig Keys shows a superior build quality that should help it hold up over time as it moves from place to place, in and out of backpacks and shoulder bags.

For on-the-go composition, song recording, or piano practice, iRig Keys works well for an attractive price. The unit is powered by the included iOS or USB cables, but does not draw excessive amounts of power to drain the iPad or iPhone attached to it. The keys are easy to play, feel solid enough for mobile use, and will allow musicians at any level to create and record music as inspiration strikes.

8tracks Radio Review

8tracks Radio Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
8tracks Radio is a free to use radio app that allows users to listen to a wide selection of playlists, covering every musical interest imaginable.

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Rhythmanix Review

Rhythmanix Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
If you have a good ear for music and can keep a decent beat, this game will keep your toe tapping.

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Rock Prodigy Review

Rock Prodigy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rock Prodigy helps beginning guitar students learn to play with over 150 lessons and exercises laid out in a simple format with easy-to-follow instructions.

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VEVO HD Review

VEVO HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
VEVO HD is clearly a more cleaner and organized version of YouTube for music videos, and its expansive catalog leaves little room for disappointment.

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