2013
03/25
Live Guitar For iPad
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Live Guitar For iPad

Live Guitar is designed to support playing complex chords, arpeggios, and finger-style guitar lines on your iOS device. Because the iPhone and iPad are not shaped like the neck of a guitar, the app provides an innovative way of selecting chords, while also leaving enough room to play individual strings accurately and expressively.

What’s New in Version 1.3
Introducing Audiobus support, improved support for virtual and core MIDI, and the import/export of chord progressions through Twitter.

Chords are organized in sets, which you can customize and change on a song-by-song basis. A single touch on the fretboard selects the first chord of a set; two touches selects the second, and so on. It’s possible to move quickly and accurately between sixteen different chords without needing to look at the screen; the chords available are taken directly from tablature that can be imported to the app. When playing guitar, switching between chords smoothly is critical; the app has been designed so that you can play music, not just notes.

Single string notes and strums can be played with touches or swipes; the organic sonic texture that comes from varying note intensity is obtained by adjusting where on a string you touch. The interface orientation on the iPhone gives more space between the strings, allowing you to play individual strings more accurately.

Live Guitar supports Chordpro formatted transcriptions; transcriptions to thousands of songs, with both the lyrics and chords, are available on the internet. Chordpro formatted transcriptions can be imported through the internal web browser, or with iTunes file sharing. Chord progressions can be imported from Twitter. You can also edit and create transcriptions in the app, and share transcriptions and chords easily.

MIDI connects your playing to laptop or desktop recording tools like GarageBand, Logic, Reaper, or ProTools. CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, and DSMIDI are all supported; you can choose the interface that gives you the best performance on your system. Live Guitar can send MIDI to the GarageBand app, as well as most other synthesizer apps. At present, SampleTank is not compatible.

For those learning to play, Live Guitar gives a gentle introduction to the fretboard and forming chords, and makes playing a song easy. Pros will appreciate the support for tablature and MIDI connectivity. For everyone, the app is a way to get a little “guitar playing fix” when the real thing isn’t available.

There are a number of guitar apps available. What makes Live Guitar different is the integration of song lyrics and chords, and the novel way in which chords are selected. It’s not just a portable guitar, it’s a portable guitar with access to tens of thousands of song transcriptions.

The app should work on all iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch, but is best suited for the iPhone 3Gs and newer, the 4th generation iPod Touch, and any iPad. Audiobus works best on newer iPads and iPhones.

Live Guitar is available for $3.99

2012
07/15
Fender Amp On iPad
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Fender Guitar Amps On iPad

Amplitube Fender Edition

THE LEGENDARY FENDER™ TONE ON YOUR iPAD. MAJOR UPDATE WITH DIGITAL AUDIO, MIDI CONTROL, NEW MIXER/RECORDER, COPY/PASTE, FULL RETINA SUPPORT, FTP AND SOUNDCLOUD UPLOAD AND MORE …

Turn your iPad® into the ultimate mobile Fender guitar, bass and mobile recording studio! Use iRig or iRig STOMP interface to connect your guitar to your iPhone®/iPod touch®/iPad, and use iRig MIDI to control AmpliTube with your floor controller. Or use StealthPlug with the Apple® Camera Connection Kit to take full advantages of the new digital audio in/out support.

The AmpliTube Fender app was developed with careful guidance and critical tone testing from the tone gurus at Fender to ensure the authenticity of the sound. Derived from the award-winning desktop recording studio version AmpliTube Fender, you can choose from 5 Fender amp models and 6 Fender Stompbox models.

Speedtrainer is AmpliTube Fender’s robust practicing tool that lets you import audio and change the tempo without affecting pitch. You can load songs, backing tracks or loops from your iPod library on your device or from your computer, then play along through your guitar signal chain. Slow down material (-50%) to learn complex riffs, or speed up material (+200%) to enhance your playing skills.

As a Multi-FX Processor for guitar, bass or any instrument, you can build your Fender rig with 4 simultaneous stompbox effects that go into an amplifier head, speaker cabinet and microphone. Each element of your tone is individually selectable with full controls for ultimate ‘tweak-ability’.

AmpliTube Fender is also a recording and production studio. With a built-in single-track recorder with re-amping ability, you can expand to a full-featured 8-Track Recorder with master effects section via in-app purchase. Capture your ideas quickly, then share your work by exporting high quality audio files or M4As. You can record your band or produce full songs directly in AmpliTube Fender.

AmpliTube Fender for iPad features:

– Real-time guitar and bass mobile + recording app
– Full rig with 4 simultaneous stompboxes + amp with effects + cabinet + mic
– Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 only)
– Audiobus compatible: works in any of the 3 Audiobus “slots”
– 6 Fender stomps — Fender Phaser, Fender Blender™, Fender Tape Echo, Overdrive, Compressor (by registering) and Noise Filter
– 5 Fender amps with matching Cabinets — ’65 Deluxe Reverb™, ’65 Twin Reverb™, ’59 Bassman™ LTD, Super-Sonic™ and Pro Junior™
– Dynamic + condenser mic models
– Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Fender™ Mac/PC software
– Single track recorder (with re-amping and preroll) expandable to 8-track studio with master effects through in-app purchase
– AutoFreeze allows for separate, tweakable effects per track on the multitrack recorder
– Import songs/backing tracks directly from your Music library on your device or from your computer
– Export via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing
– NO VOICE feature removes the lead vocal or guitar solo from imported songs
– Change the tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songs without affecting their pitch
– Digital audio in/out
– MIDI controllable (available as in-app purchase and free for iRig MIDI users)
– Powerful preset system
– New Global Menu
– Includes tuner and metronome
– Low-latency for real time playing
– Can be incorporated into AmpliTube 3 for iPad app via in-app purchase
– FREE version also available – can be expanded by individual gear model purchases, or bundle purchase via in-app purchase

Amplitube Fender Edition is available for $14.99

2011
03/24
Best iPad Guitar App – OMGuitar
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OMGuitar For iPad

OMGuitar is the best iPad guitar emulation ever created – realistic strumming, 8 guitars, 10 FX, record, MIDI, Audiobus, Remote control & More!

OMGuitar comes from the makers of Seline HD & Touch DJ! It is a synth with unique interface and new-generation sound hybrid engine that allows anyone to produce realistic synth guitar sounds.

There are 6 guitar types to choose from (more in updates), both electric and classic.

OMGuitar is very playable and truly expressive. It responds to the speed of your guitar strumming, catching the emotion of your melody. The quality of the guitar synth sound is so high that it can easily be used in studio work as a quick method to produce realistic rhythm and arpeggio guitar tracks. You can also engage the autoplay functionality with lots of built-in rhythms!

True guitar simulation on the touch-screen device is now possible thanks to the advanced artificial intelligence algorhythm that analyzes your style of playing and alters the sound accordingly.

There is a dedicated string-picking/arpeggio interface, represented as a column of 6 buttons, which can easily be played together with the string strumming interface. Note bend effect is achieved by swiping the button area.

The glowing neon strings themselves respond to the speed of strumming and the distance between themselves and the initial screen tap. The player is supposed to strum the guitar with one finger and place the second finger on the guitar at any time for muting all the strings (this option can be turned off in the settingsmenu). With such approach, many common guitar playing techniques can be easily accomplished.

You can choose from about 300 chords to play 99% of the songs ever written. The songs are conveniently saved as chord sets and can be loaded with a single tap.

Some of the world’s best and most expensive guitar models have been sampled with great precision and act as the source for the synthesis engine. There are 6 completely different playable guitars, 3 acoustic and 3 electric. The tone can be further shaped with the 3-band equalizer.

OMGuitar has 10 built-in effects with over 50 presets: 2 types of Distortion, Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Wah-wah, Vowel filter, Compressor, Tremolo.

OMGuitar now supports external fretboard running in iPhone via the free Amidio Remote app (just like the Futulele).

+ The best mobile guitar emulation ever!
+ Expressive playing is now possible
+ Amazing sonic quality, the sound is very impressive
+ Support external freatboard (a-la Futulele app) with Amidio Remote (free iPhone app)
+ Audiobus! Use it with guitar processors!
+ Autoplay with LOTS of beautiful presets!
+ Record to .WAV, .MIDI, export to iTunes
+ Full MIDI compatibility (virtual/hardware)
+ 6 guitars (3 acoustic, 3 electric)
+ 10 On-board FX with 50 presets
+ File Manager
+ Save own chord sets

Coming in updates:

+ More guitar sounds
+ Even better sound engine for faster devices
+ More effects
+ Effect presets
+ Skins for different guitars

OMGuitar is available for $2.99

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