Playing with Polychord

I’ve been using this app for a few days now and I really like it, but I don’t think I did at first.

Polychord is an unusual iPad app, although you might argue with me on that one. However, it isn’t the kind of app that I would normally look at. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with it at all.

Polychord isn’t a synth or a sequencer really, it is an app for making music, in real time, without recording or anything like that, and that’s the point of it, at least in my opinion it is.

So what’s polychord good at? Fair question. The app is about making music with chords and arps and a little bit of bass and drums too.

It has to be one of the most straightforward to use apps I’ve seen. Everything is on the one screen, everything you need to mix the various parts of whatever music you make with the app.

You play chord by touching one of the large circles in the interface. Each circle has an inner circle which the root note and then smaller buttons around it for a variety of chords. It couldn’t be simpler to use. You can set the arpeggio to do a variety of things and use a selection of rhythms to play along to, but essentially that is it. You play chords and arpeggios with some bass and drums and what’s called a strum pade at the righthand side of the interface.

There’s minimal control over the sound, so don’t get this if you’re looking for a synth, but if you want something to use to play around with chord progressions and see how they feel then this might be right for your purposes.

Polychord retails at: $9.99.

polychord - Shoulda Woulda Coulda

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control ableton live with iOS device via c74 app

Hadn’t seen this video before although I’ve talked about c74 app a while back.

c74 - nr37 Clip to Evernote

Buchla triggered via ReBirth for iPad

ReBirth for iPad - Propellerhead Software AB

iPads at the Apple Store Clip to Evernote

Shruthi-1 Available, Assembled

Here for 320 Euro. Clip to Evernote

S1MidiTrigger update

S1MidiTrigger gets a significant update including iOS 4.2 and CoreMIDI via the CCK. Undo and Redo in the designer plus distribute alignment.

S1MidiTrigger - Miura Acoustic Clip to Evernote

Reactable mobile – Tutorial #1: Interaction

Reactable mobile - Reactable Systems SL Clip to Evernote

Audiosilverlining is evolving

Audio Silver Lining is changing and it sounds great. Clip to Evernote

What we might see from Intermorphic in the future

It is really easy to miss some good stuff that ends up in the comments on posts, so I thought I’d bring this one out and let you know about it:

BTW: we are thinking of doing a version of Noatikl for iDevice, but there are a few bridges we have to cross there first. :). And, a version of Liptikl, too, when we have a chance… 

I dare say it won’t happen soon, but if it does it’ll be great! Clip to Evernote

KORG M01 – Palmtop music workstation Clip to Evernote

Gary Numan uses an iPad

I was going through comments earlier and found this gem! I wish I’d seen the magazine now.

Dj Hombre said…

In today’s copy of ‘Shortlist’ (free London magazine), there’s a tiny bit about how Gary Numan loves his iPad and uses iSequence to quickly knock ideas together…finishing them off later in the studio. Apparently some of his new album will also be created using the iPad (in addition to Gorillaz).

Word is out that we’re putting it to good musical use!

Always good to know that someone like Numan is using iOS and mobile tech!

iSequence for iPad - BeepStreet

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