When Amidio asked me if I’d like to try out their new iPad guitar app OMGuitar I said yes straight away. The reason I said yes was because I knew that Amidio would bring something new to the iPad and something that I couldn’t have expected, and I was right.
I know that Amidio come in for a lot of criticism, but I’d like to say in their defence that they have brought us some amazing apps since the app store launched, and they’ve brought a lot of innovation into the iOS market, apps like Noise.IO, Hexatone, Star Melody and not forgetting ioLibrary.
Anyway, all that having been said, let’s move on to what I think about OMGuitar.
Whilst I said yes to taking a look at the app, I was a little skeptical about about it. Whilst I don’t mind guitar apps I think there’s only a few really successful ones. I have my own favourites on the iPhone but haven’t found one that I really like on the iPad so far. Hence my skepticism.
Amidio gave me a beta version of their app and I spent several hours playing with it over the weekend. Initially I found the layout a little confusing but as I played with it as an instrument I started to find that it is actually very expressive. The fretboard part of the interface allows a lot of control and variation of sound depending on where and how you use it. It gives you a lot of performance capability and variation.
The guitars in the app all sound fine to me. Good, rich and full sounds. But what I really liked were the FX with the exception of the distortion. Aside from that the FX in the app were a lot of fun to play with. I especially liked the delay, chorus and flanger. I do like combining effects on guitars and I was able to get some really nice sounds out of this app.
But what really had me using this for several hours was how the interface lets you work. It is difficult to describe, but if you’ve seen the videos of OMGuitar you can see that the right hand is used to set the chord and the left hand is left to strum or pick or whatever. This works really well on the iPad and although it took a a little while to get used to I quite soon found it a very comfortable way to play the instrument.
So I overcame my initial skepticism with this app and ended up liking it a lot, to the extent that I found myself starting to write a piece with it.
I would certainly say that when OMGuitar comes out it will be worth taking a look at. I don’t know what price point it will arrive at, but I don’t think we’ve got long to wait.