Saturday, February 5, 2011

app Smart: how to make your iPhone gently weep

If you're musically inclined, the answer is probably yes, because they are much shorter supply on most Apple devices Android apps for musicians. Just look at what is available for players of the country's most popular tool, the guitar.

On Android, you can click through some passable tuners and scaling guides. About Apple, you have apps that can breathe new life into the tool.

For around $ 50 and a connector inexpensive hardware, versions of applications like AmpliTube, AmpKit iShred Live give guitarists and a mobile recording studio with almost every traditional sound effect. And you can test more limited versions of these applications for much less money.

For hobbyists who do not possess an array of amps and effects pedals, but who wants to experiment with sound, the applications are great fun. For professionals, applications are basically when building and new ideas, while away from the recording studio.

Of the three, I found AmpKit +, the full version of app, the easiest, most versatile and best value, especially on an iPad. The app costs $ 20; the free version is limited.

As the limited version of other applications of guitar, iShred Live is free, with more guitar effects available ? la carte restaurant within the application. The full version of AmpliTube costs $ 20 and a limited version is free, but unlike the others, you must buy separate versions for the iPhone and iPad.

You can try iShred Live with just an iPhone headset. The microphone picks up sound of guitar and plays the song with a sound effect.

This is especially useful for acoustic guitarists who usually cannot connect their instrument. But for those with electric guitars acoustic or electric hybrid, the best results with these applications when you connect the guitar to the iPhone, using hardware such as Griffin Technology GuitarConnect ($ 30 at and iRig of IK Multimedia ($ 40,

AmpliTube AmpKit + and offer a wide range of sound effects, including the rules as distortion, wah, and delay.

Each application has important features that are missing in the other, but in General, if you want to record multitrack music from within the app, called AmpliTube is the best, while AmpKit + offers an exciting experience.

AmpKit, the free version, includes two pedals, effects of one amp, two speaker cabinets and MICS. AmpKit + includes 13 amps, effects pedals, 13 18 cabinets and eight microphones.

The app is nicely intuitive in several ways, but flawed in great respect. I needed to change the settings of AmpKit + first effects worked as did other applications. Among other things, the sound effects were clipped short and occasionally feedback was a problem.

Resolve these problems has been a bit frustrating, especially for someone unfamiliar with the language of the audio engineering. But the results were worth it. The app makes it easy to experiment, because about 60 effect sound configurations are displayed in a scrollable list easily. If you change any settings, the original is saved in a different section. For the novices of the sound-effect, in particular, this is a welcome feature.

AmpKit + offers a generous mix of tracks, and you can upload your own music in the app. But the real genius of the application is its ability to allow you to register and manage your guitar work from within the application. You can create layers effects on the so-called dry guitar tracks, and if you don't like the result, you can start fresh with the same track.

AmpliTube has less standard stomp boxes and an intuitive interface. But it has some features that are missing in AmpKit +, and offers great sound effects with no Fussing.

Free version has three stomp boxes, of AmpliTube, an amplifier, a cash and two microphones. The paid version includes 11 stomp boxes, five amplifiers and five stores. IPad app of AmpliTube operates four pedals at the same time and switch between cabinets and microphones.

Tiny buttons of the iPhone version has made it more difficult to use, more difficult, also, that the iPhone versions of concurrent applications. I could set default finger-friendly buttons, but otherwise there was no way to view all my active effects pedals on a screen.

You can add songs about AmpliTube and playing with guitar tracks embedded or backup drum tracks, for a fee. And, as with other applications, you can record a session. But unlike the others, of AmpliTube includes an eight-track recorder for $ 15, which is much more useful for professional sound compositions.

IShred Live, meanwhile, includes three effects in free version of the application and another nine that can be purchased for $ 1 or $ 2. Unlike its competitors, this app is a bargain. The interface was good, although not nearly as versatile as AmpKit +. Still, I liked the big buttons on the app, which made it easier to manipulate quickly during a song.

IShred's music player lets you cut a loop from a song on your device so that you can play, but has no demo Play-Along tracks within the application.

Other applications are joining the scene, as well as PocketAmp Lite (free), amps and cabs ($ 1) and RiotFX ($ 1).

Singers and other musicians, keyboardists will find similar applications that fit them. And judging from the products announced at the National Association of music merchants this month, a great annual exhibition, more will be coming soon.

Not only many for Android phones.

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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: January 21, 2011

The column of App Smart Personal Tech pages on Thursday for guitarists, described by one of these app, AmpliTube, incorrectly. In its registration section includes a so-called re-amping, allowing guitarists test various sound effects of the application on a recorded track; It is not the case that the characteristic of re-amping is missing.

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