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On The Music Path Embraces Your Inner Musician

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 11th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

It has been said that music is the universal language.  The strum of a chord is truly understandable in any language, which makes it such a helpful tool in communicating emotion, without ever having to utter a single syllable.  This is why music is so critical to the culture of the world, and why it is even more critical that people have opportunities to learn how to be musical.

A brand new app named On the Music Path looks to agree with this sentiment and help to try to bring a whole new horizon of education within the iOS consumer's grasp.
"... On the Music Path is an iPad app that offers in-depth lessons from world-renowned musicians on how to play the guitar, piano, drums and bass, including:Jackson Browne on fingerstyle guitar, Ravi Shankar on the sitar, Richard Thompson on acoustic rock guitar, Vonda Shepard on piano for singers, Lee Ritenour on jazz guitar, Leland Sklar on the bass, Kenny Sultan on the blues, Scott Tennant on classical guitar, Steve Postell on the fundamentals of how to play the guitar, and many, many others." -- VIA On The Path Developer Blog

With lessons ranging in price from $1.99 to $19.99, you will get the best one-on-one instructional videos available on the market, all shot in glorious high definition.  Each individual lesson will clock in at a length of anywhere from 45 to 85 minutes long and will allow users the chance to get some of the best education that money can buy.

While yes, the pricetag may seem a little steep, know that there are several lessons that are included in the application's base price, just so you can get an idea of what can be expected from each lesson.  If you have ever been curious about where to start learning an instrument, this would be the perfect place to start.  Plus, lets face it, if you are learning from a video, you don't need to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of a classroom full of students!

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JamPlay Guitar Pack Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on March 3rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROOM TO IMPROVE
JamPlay Guitar Pack is an instructional guitar-playing app brought to us from jamplay.com that, in addition to its instructional content, contains several other utilities/features which make it unique from similar apps
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Planet Waves Guitar Tools

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on March 1st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MUST HAVE
Planet Waves Guitar Tools is a multi-app suite of every guitar-related tool you'll need, whether an active player or enthusiast, regardless of skill level. It contains 7 tools total, including features that enable you to find music teachers/instructors an
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Guitar World Lick of the Day

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Fanguy on February 28th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GUITAR GOLD
Guitar World Lick of the Day is an instructional application which teaches its users new guitar licks to expand their skills and repertoire. Based on its comprehensive feature-set, it's obvious Agile Partners and Guitar World Magazine put their heart and
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Guitar Pro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kyle Flanigan on February 23rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
The official creator of Guitar Pro for PC and Mac launches an iOS counterpart, allowing you to play with tablature on-the-go, as well as learn new pieces in a shorter time with some useful features such as continuous playback and on-the-fly speed adjustme
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TabToolkit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kyle Flanigan on January 7th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BEAUTIFUL
TabToolkit is "an incredibly powerful music notation viewer with multi-track audio playback" allowing you to follow and play in real time and add your own music, in text / PDF / Guitar Pro / PowerTab files.
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Peavey Introduces AmpKit for iPhone

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on August 31st, 2010

Remember how just over a month ago I wrote about AmpliTube, the guitar amplification application for your iPhone and iPad? Well, Peavey Electronics have now joined the scene with their AmpKit software to create a bit more competition and rivalry in the music amplification section of the App Store.

AmpKit turns your iPhone into a highly customizable guitar amp, boasting a myriad of effects and the ability to record your latest music creations. Such effects include the pedals Noise Gate and Elevenizer, and the mics Workhorse 57 dynamic and Germann 87 condenser. As is to be expected, AmpKit contains a number of in-app purchases, including: 12 more amps, 16 effects padls, 13 cabinets and 8 unique mics. Most of these extra purchases are in the range of $2.99-$5.99.

"We're delighted to be working with Peavey to provide AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK to musicians around the world. Peavey's world-class hardware design and manufacturing capabilities complement Agile Partners' unmatched expertise in creating guitar-focused apps for the iOS platform," said Jack Ivers, a principal at Agile Partners. "Peavey's music industry experience and global dealer network will provide musicians around the world with easy access to the AmpKit LiNK guitar adapter."

The aforementioned AmpKit LiNK adapter, required to hook up your guitar, costs $39.99 and is available worldwide. Interestingly, this is exactly the same price as Amplitube's IK Multimedia iRig, AmpKit LiNK's main rival.

The iPhone application comes in two flavours: free and plus. The plus version costs $20, and with that you'll get access to: a Peavey 3120 amp and a matching 4x12 cabinet, a Colonel Vintage amp, a Vintage Brit amp and a number of additional pedals including distortion, fuzz, compressor, chorus, phaser, flanger, reverb and 10-band EQ.

The application is not natively iPad supported, meaning you're stuck to the iPhone if you choose the Peavey solution. Agile Partners, developers of the application, are also the authors of the much-renowned GuitarToolkit and TapToolkit applications.

Images courtesy of Peavey. For more details on the application and where to buy the LiNK hardware, here's where you need to go.


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Twang Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ryan Wood on July 25th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MINI GUITAR
Twang is fun to use, but isn't much more than a novelty product. The small screen of the iDevice limits its use for anything except the occasional YouTube video.
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AmpKit App And iPhone Audio Interface Looks Set To Put Roadies Out Of Business

Posted by Ben Harvell on June 18th, 2010

If you don’t know what a guitar amp or pedal is then the chances are you won’t be particularly interested in the new partnership between music kit giant Peavey and app developer Agile Partners.

If you do, however, this collaboration will truly rock you…

Forget about the novelty iPhone apps that let you strum virtual strings while looking like a banjo-playing buffoon, AmpKit is true innovation brought about by two major players in their respective fields. Peavey, a brand you'll no doubt have seen on the stage at every concert you've ever been to, and Agile Partners that has under its belt popular apps that include GuitarToolkit and TabToolkit.

Combining an iPhone app with a small interface to connect to a guitar (or any other line-based instrument), musicians can now access all the power of a full guitar rig including a variety of amplifiers, effects pedals, mics and speaker cabinets to create unique guitar tones right from their iPhone. The output can then be sent to headphones or pumped out via powered speakers or a PA system.

What once could have filled a guitarist's trunk now fits in the palm of their hand and, according to Peavey as well as the tech editor of Guitar World, sounds just as good. While live performance is an option, AmpKit also allows for recording as you play, storing both the unprocessed guitar sounds as well as those from the amplifier making it an ideal training aid or music creation tool.

"We are excited to collaborate with Agile Partners to launch the amazing combination of AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK," said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. "Peavey is deeply committed to virtual instrumentation innovation".

The AmpKit LiNK interface will cost $39.99 and is available for pre-order from Peavey right now. AmpKit is soon to be available on the App Store and will be compatible with all devices bar the first generation iPod touch. The app will be available for free with In-App Purchases available from the "Gear Store" allowing users to add amps, pedals, cabinets and mics to their setup.

Check out the video below to see just how impressive this app and hardware pairing is and then start guessing which artist will rock AmpKit on stage first.

tomChord Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on June 17th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EXCEPTIONAL DETECTIONAL
TomChord is a music app that detects guitar chord/guitar chord progression and displays the chords, in real-time, along the top of the screen. It also displays and color codes the root notes of each chord, providing users with a graphical representation o
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Six-String Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on March 24th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOLID
Six-String provides a realistic guitar-playing experience bundled into a music game. If Tap Tap Revenge's simplicity is starting to bore you, this one's worth looking into.
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Rock Band

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on October 19th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GARY CHERONE-ESQUE
Rock Band on the iPhone is exactly what you'd expect it to be... pretty and polished but somewhat lacking in fun. There's only so much delight you can get out of a rhythm game on the iPhone.
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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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Guitar Rock Tour

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on November 10th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Best Guitar Hero type game for the iPhone!
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