BeatStudio iPhone & iPad App By Frontier Design Group
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From the developer Frontier Design Group (iShred & GuitarStudio). We’re wrapping up work on our newest iOS music app, BeatStudio. We’ve had a lot of requests for an easy to use, but powerful percussion app to accompany iShred and GuitarStudio. BeatStudio is a universal app that works equally well on your iPhone, iPod touch and your iPad.

BeatStudio is a fun, easy, and yet powerful app. Whether you’re playing live with your iPhone band or sitting down to make a multi-layered percussion backing track for your guitar songs, we’ve got you covered.

30 Professionally sampled percussive instruments

Ranging from standard drum kit drums and cymbals, to shakers, sleigh bells and even a vibraslap! The selection of sounds will fill all your percussion needs. Each instrument has been sampled at a variety of volume and hit intensities, which you can adjust to get just the sound you need.

Customizable Instrument Layout

The playing and recording screen holds from six to twenty instruments of your choice. This flexibility allows for a clean interface for songs ranging from simple to complex, and anything in between. There’s even a menu lock for performing live or when you want to hand it over to your budding three year old percussionist.


Record your performance, with each recording appearing as a separate track in the track arrangement screen. Multi-track recording, and the ability to loop track clips makes it easy to add repeating elements throughout your song. To make your song beat-perfect, you can adjust the metronome and quantize settings – including BPM, beats per bar, the number of sub-beats and quantize strength.


Not only can you rearrange your recorded tracks, but you can edit anything you have recorded, moving individual instrument events around within a recording, adding new instruments and events, or deleting an accidental sound. This powerful editing tool also uses the quantize settings to make it easy to put your beats in the right place. There’s a great undo system that will help you recover from accidents or even edits that just didn’t work out.

Backing Tracks

It’s easy to play along with your favorite song, or one of your other musical creations as a backing track. Import from your iPod library, WiFi, iTunes, or AudioCopy/AudioPaste to play along with recordings from other Frontier Design Group apps (and other compatible iOS apps). If there is a tricky section that you want to figure out the best beat pattern for, the backing track player features a variable speed slider, so you can slow down (or even speed up) your backing track. After you’ve mastered it, slide the speed back to 1x and all of your recordings follow suit.


iShred Guitar For iPhone
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iShred iPhone Guitar

The iShred Guitar App for iPhone is a virtual Electric Guitar with effects for your iPhone. It was used in the music video made by Atomic Tom where they played their song Take Me Out live on a NY Subway train using nothing but iPhones.

iShred provides a playing interface that’s both powerful and easy to learn. Create your songs from a huge library of over 2000 built-in chords, scales, and fret positions, by assigning them to the two rows of buttons at the top of the screen. The buttons give you immediate access to all the chords and scales you need for a song, and let you easily switch between strumming chords and playing melodies.

✓ High quality, professionally mastered guitar samples
✓ Eight stomp-box effects and an amp simulator
✓ Notes never “drop out” due to limited sample length
✓ Adjust tuning to match recordings, other instruments

✓ Slide finger between buttons for fast chord transitions
✓ Shortcuts for fast song editing and button reordering
✓ Support for the left-handed guitarist

✓ Record performances with optional metronome
✓ Play along with recordings, even use different sound
✓ Speed up or slow down performance after recording

✓ Send your songs to SoundCloud
✓ Supports Audio Copy/Paste between other apps
✓ Send songs to computer via iTunes file sharing
✓ Share songs with our acoustic guitar app, GuitarStudio
✓ Export songs as WAV or MIDI

✓ A jukebox of shared songs from around the world
✓ Share your performances and be rated by other guitarists
✓ Download songs and performances from other players
✓ Check out the AirPlay charts: http://fdgm.us/AirPlay

✓ Built in music player
✓ Play along with iPod library or imported tracks
✓ Setup a loop for practicing a song section

✓ Easily create and save your own custom chords
✓ Strumming position controls loudness of chords
✓ Chords are easily reordered for fast access

✓ 21 scales, available in 12 keys, let you play melodies
✓ “Advanced moves”: hammer-on’s, pull-off’s, and slides
✓ User-selectable string labels

✓ Combinations of chords & scales can be saved as songs
✓ Songs can now have multiple pages of buttons
✓ Add FX buttons to switch effect setups on the fly!
✓ Songs can be edited, renamed, deleted
✓ Backup songs to the network

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