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  • MicVault Studio: A Look at the iOS App for Recording Advice

    MicVault Studio: A Look at the iOS App for Recording Advice

    If you don’t have access to world-class engineers to answer your questions about recording your bass in the studio, you definitely want to check out MicVault Studio. The app is a collection of the preferences of Michael Wagener, Shane Wilson and Russ Long – three prominent and successful recording engineers when it comes to microphone... »

  • Amazing Slow Downer: A Look at the Transcription App for iOS

    Amazing Slow Downer: A Look at the Transcription App for iOS

    While I have reviewed a few different “slow downer”-type apps (including Robick and Capo), I recently gave Roni Music’s Amazing Slow Downer a try and have to say that I’m mightily impressed. I had used ASD years ago in college and found the original version of the software (shareware at that time) to be useful... »

  • ThumbJam: A Look at the Music Performance and Creation App for iOS

    ThumbJam: A Look at the Music Performance and Creation App for iOS

    I first heard about ThumbJam from Richard Bona in the Blue Note Tokyo green room while we were both working with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. (I’m setting this up not to brag, but rather to let you know that when a master like Bona raves about a music app, we all listen!) The app... »

  • TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    While there is no shortage of good tuners out there in the App Store, there are few that are quite as informative (and pretty) as TonalEnergy. This app is specifically designed for individuals or large ensembles in an attempt to help musicians improve their intonation and tone. Most functions of TonalEnergy’s tuner are designed to... »

  • Circle Theory: A Look at the Circle of Fifths Reference App for iOS

    Circle Theory: A Look at the Circle of Fifths Reference App for iOS

    Spending time exploring the circle of fifths is a useful exercise for seeing the relationships between notes and key signatures. Circle Theory, by Artsiness, is a great iOS app for referencing and visualizing the circle of fifths. The app’s interface has the primary circle displaying the current Tonic note/key signature. The additional information options are... »

  • ChordBot: A Look at the Songwriting and Accompaniment Tool for iOS and Android

    ChordBot: A Look at the Songwriting and Accompaniment Tool for iOS and Android

    ChordBot is a wonderful, easy to use app which is equally powerful for songwriting as it is for accompaniment. The app allows you to develop and play chord progressions in a number of styles. ChordBot features 60 different chord types (including slash chords), 50+ comping styles, a song generator, as well as the ability to... »

  • Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS

    Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS

    I’ve discovered a great looper for the iPhone and iPad. Loopy (and Loopy HD) allows you to create and alter sophisticated loops without the need for a pedal or other hardware. Loopy’s interface presents a series of circles, which become circular waveforms once you’ve started recording. The app offers great features, like pan, volume, timing... »

  • Useful Apps for the Traveling Bassist

    Useful Apps for the Traveling Bassist

    I’ve been traveling quite a bit this year, and I’ve come to rely heavily on a few different apps on my iPad and/or iPhone. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that I haven’t touched on here already. (If you want to check out my previous recommendations, you can check them out here).... »

  • SuperMegaUltraGroovy Updates Capo App for iOS

    SuperMegaUltraGroovy Updates Capo App for iOS

    SupreMegaUltraGroovy has updated their Capo app for iOS with version 1.2. Designed for learning, the music app allows for independently adjusting the speed and pitch of any song in your music library. Capo 1.2 adds several features, including mono re-mixing for isolating the left or right channels, which comes in handy for students working with... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Sheet Music Direct for iPad

    Hal Leonard Releases Sheet Music Direct for iPad

    Hal Leonard has brought their digital sheet music store to the iPad. Sheet Music Direct for iPad is a three-in-one app, allowing access to the publisher’s more than 100,000 songs available for purchase, as well as a sheet music viewer and score library. Past Sheet Music Direct customers can access all their previous purchases through... »