Yamaha keep trying to make iPad apps, and I keep wanting them to get it right. I really do. This does not look promising.
Introductory Offer Price! (until the end of February 2013)
Yamaha's new Mobile Music Sequencer enables composers to combine a range of phrase patterns and create musical compositions intuitively, following the flow of composition, from phrases to sections and from sections to songs.
Wherever you are, you can now sketch the outline of a composition. In addition, you can use the ingredients to delicately craft songs on a Yamaha synthesizer, or in Steinberg Cubase.
First, try loading the demo song (a number of demo songs are provided). Tap on the settings icon in the top right of the screen, select [Digital Sympathy] from the Presets under the File tab, and press the Load button to read in the song.
- Built-in software synth with 92 high-quality sounds (including 9 types of drumkit) enables faithful rendering of sequence patterns.
- Sound editing using filters, EG, and other effects
- Mixer function for each part
- Effects including reverb, chorus, and variations
- Additional phrases and sounds
Four additional voice and phrase datapacks can be purchased directly using the application. (Dance Pop, Electronic, Hip Hop, R&B)
- • File export
As well as a function for outputting standard general-purpose MIDI files, the application also includes a function for exporting files in an even easier-to-use format designed for Yamaha synths, in which characteristic sounds are specified in advance. (MOTIF XF, S90XS/S70XS, MOX6/MOX8, and MOTIF XS)
- • Mix-down
Audio mix-down of a song or a phrase and conversion of the song or the phrase to an audio file can be performed in real time.
- • Compatibility with SoundCloud
Audio files can be made compatible with SoundCloud and uploaded.
I'm a Yamaha fanboy. My first keyboard was a Casio, but my first keyboard that I loved was a Yamaha. Perhaps I have a higher expectation of them, but they have been seriously half-assing this for a while now. The more they release the less and less I expect them to ever get it right.
What in the fuck was with the Synth Arp & Drum Pad app? There was no amount of "synth" there, it was all samples! Then there was their Yamaha Song Beats, which was an entirely missed opportunity for an app that could have taught finger drumming. TNR-i is alright, but it just seems like they're entirely out of ideas. They released this one without even bothering to do a demo video. After Synth Arp & Drum Pad I wouldn't bet on any of this "Built-in Synth Software" being anything other than samples.
What is going on over there, Yamaha? Is this a cry for help?
Update: Reader a1 found a demo on the Japanese Yamaha YouTube page. I was, perhaps foolishly, checking the English one. Everything is in Japanese, so good luck with it!