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PocketGuitar 1.2

PocketGuitar has been updated to version 1.2 with some new features:

– To avoid pressing the volume button accidentally you can rotate the screen by holding your iPhone upside down
– Hammer-on from open string is supported as an option
– You can now pull off to open string. Flick your finger slightly when you release your finger from the string.
– String bending is supported as an option
– In auto-pluck mode you can now play an open note by tapping the nut

PocketGuitar available on the iTunes App Store

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4Pockets releases Chord Explorer

4Pockets have released a new music app for the
Windows Mobile platform.

Chord Explorer is a useful learning tool for musicians playing either guitar or keyboards. The program provides thousands of chord definitions and inversions (guitar only) for all the popular chord types. You can choose between streight and split chords (i.e. those whose base note differs from the root note), display in left / right handed format and even listen to the chords being strummed in real time using genuine high quality guitar samples.

The program features many popular guitar tunings and can calculate chords and inversions automatically.

A split view of both chord shape and keyboard fingering is great for other band members.

A comprehensive list of scales is available, allowing you to view fingering positions across the fret board and audition notes by simply tapping the screen. Scales can be viewed either on the guitar fret board or on the piano roll.

Chord Explorer has a wealth of information about chord groupings. Using a ‘Cricle Of Fifths’ to highlight common chord progressions in various keys. These chord progressions can be auditioned in the built in Chord Sequencer, using finger picking of real sampled guitar strings. You can even specify your own chord progressions using various chord shapes and inversions to hear how they sound.

Finally Chord Explorer has an audible ‘Chord Detector’, which can analyse you playing and tell you what chords you are playing (major and minor). If you are playing a chord inversion, and not sure of the chord name, chord detector will tell you. The ‘Note Detector’ is also great for transcribing solos or practicing scales, you play the note, it displays the note, octave and frequency. It even detects when your guitar is out of tune.

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Moo Cow Music Guitarist doing well

According to Moo Cow Music their Guitarist app is doing well in charts in the US and in the UK.

I do wonder what Moo Cow might come up with next as the stuff they’ve done to date seems to be doing well, but I’m not sure I can really imagine what their next app might be, if indeed they plan to put one out.

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3 months in: iPhone / iPod Touch round up

So, here we are three months (or almost three months) after the launch of the iPhone / iPod Touch app store, how have music applications developed?

Prior to lunch there were a number of jailbreak music apps, and some of those have moved over to 2.0 (now 2.1) applications, Notably:

IR 909

Some that haven’t moved over to 2.0:

iPhone Synth

Since launch there has been a huge number of new applications popping up every day, and surprisingly, a large number of music based apps too. Here are some of my favourites:

iDrum (both versions)
ITM Apps
ProRemote / ProRemote Light
Pocket Guitar

These are are the apps that I think are probably most worthy of note, although there are others too.

Of course, there are a few apps that have been announced but as yet haven’t arrived:

PianoFly from miniMusic, together with the other apps that miniMusic will be releasing.

Noise IO which is about a month overdue now.

And not to forget the new app called miniSynth from Yonac that was announced yesterday.

There are of course other apps out there being developed and as time goes on I hope that we’ll see even more high quality music apps for this platform.

Of course, one area that has seen a lot of activity is around controllers. There have been lots of controller apps released, in all sorts of different varieties. This is quite interesting, multi-touch seems to fit very well for these apps.

What I’d really like is to see a wider use for this platform, not just controllers. I’m hoping for lots more in the next three months . I’m especially hopeful of the miniMusic suite of apps.

So, for a new platform I think that this is a really good start. It’ll be interesting to see how it matures and where the more complex apps come from. So far we’ve not seen an equivalent to Griff or Bhajis Loops, perhaps we won’t, perhaps it will be something quite different and more performance driven.

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Guitarist 1.1

Moo Cow Music have released an update to Guitarist. The update contains mainly some usability fixes following feedback from users, which is always a good sign.

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