After all the app sales we had last month it's hard to imagine there was anything missing, but a bunch more just went on sale today! Included in this list is Fiddlewax Blue, which is now totally free!
Piano Wiz was released in September and completely missed by myself until the developer sent me a limerick! This $1 Universal iOS app packs in a lot of features for pianists and wannabe-pianists.
Piano Wiz iTunes Description:
Piano Wiz is a chord & scale look-up app, a chord quiz game, a song-writing companion and a piano practice tool (with a metronome), all in one!
Easily and quickly look up how to play any chord or scale on the piano Select keys on the piano in landscape mode to find matching scales and chords List every compatible chord in a scale Save chords to chord progressions Practice scales and saved chord progressions on your piano or keyboard Perfect your chord recognition skills, by sight and sound, with the chord quiz
In More detail:
Chord & Scale Database
This easy-to-use, comprehensive tool features pretty much every chord and musical scale/mode out there. Scales and chords are selected on the same screen, and displayed on an onscreen piano. Flick the "Only Chords in Current Scale Switch" and the chord selector will display all the chords compatible with the currently selected scale.
Piano can be tapped once to hear the current chord, and twice to hear the scale. Swiping right on the piano allows you to save the current chord to a song.
In landscape mode, select keys on the onscreen piano by tapping them. Piano Wiz finds the scales and chords that match the selected keys.
This feature allows you to easily create and edit your own chord progressions. You can then use the app's 'practice' section to practice playing the chords, guitar hero style, on your piano or keyboard.
This section of the app works a bit like Guitar Hero. Choose to practice either randomized chords from a scale or one of your saved chord progressions. To practice, simply place your device on the note stand on your piano or keyboard, and play the chords that descend from the top of the sreen. The onscreen piano shows you how to play each chord, and a metronome beat sets the rhythm at a BPM of your choice. When practicing scales, you can easily adjust the difficulty of the chords to your skill level.
The chord quiz is a great way to improve your recognition of chords, both visually and by ear. Chords are played back and displayed on the onscreen piano, and your job is to select the correct chord from four options. You have to minutes to identify as many chords as possible, and the difficulty increases along with your skill level. To up the difficulty a notch, hide the onscreen piano and go by sound alone. You can also choose to practice identifying different chord inversions.
Need to learn to identify some specific chords for an exam? Create a chord progression and quiz yourself on the chords in it!
Marcus Padrini from MusicApps.com.br did an excellent comparison of the sounds produced by the iElectribe app, and the classic Electribe ER-1 hardware. It is amazing how different the kick sounds between the two.
Trying to replicate a Korg iElectribe pattern with the Korg Electribe ER-1, using almost the same settings on both. The kick drum is the most different sound. There is no way to make the same kick sound with subtle adjustments. The kick drum is always more "punchy" on the ER-1. The other sounds are very similar.
The iElectribe for iPad was inspired on the Electribe R-1, but it offers many exclusive features: more effects, cross modulation (great for FM sounds and available on Electribe ER-1 MKII), virtual tube distortion and the possibility to choose which parts are processed by the selected fx.
Isotonik Studios has released a new Ableton Live device for £5, which was designed closely with the touchAble team. This allows you to keep touchAble on your iPad synchronized with hardware controllers.