Practicing will be taken to a whole new level with Ultimate Play Alongs, a new app that will be available for iOS and Android devices. The app, created by bassist Janek Gwizdala and drummer Louie Palmer, is built around a play-along experience with the back catalog of some of the world’s greatest musicians including Mike Stern, Nathan East, John Patitucci, The Brecker Brothers, Jojo Mayer, Gary Husband, Oz Noy and Tim Miller. More than a collection of MP3s, each of the Ultimate Play Along tracks have been re-recorded by the artist themselves in complete isolation specifically for the app.
The app has tons of customization and offers the ability to mute your own instrument, adjust the tempo of any song, loop specific bars of music, create playlists in the “practice” room, create custom mixes of any song, jam along with friends, or record yourself playing along with your favorite musician. The app is oriented for improving your playing and allows for setting daily goals as well as share your recordings and progress on social media.
The Ultimate Play Alongs app for iOS and Android will be launching in the first quarter of 2015. It will be a free download with five pre-loaded songs from the library and additional tracks or packages will be available as in-app purchases. Gwizdala and Palmer are running a campaign to fund the app’s development in advance of its release.
Pledge levels run from $15 and up with various rewards ranging from play along packages, pre-release tracks, unlimited audio packages, and promotion on their social media network. Check out the Ultimate Play Alongs website for more details.