RockMate – Letting You Rock Together
App Type: Uncategorized
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2011-12-14
Price: 3.99User Rating:
There are many musical composition apps for the iPad, most notably Apple’s Garage Band. However, none that I have seen give you the ability to work in conjunction with other musicians like RockMate. In fact, RockMate essentially combines a board game with a band.
The app shows an instrument on each side of the iPad’s rectangle. They are a keyboard, a guitar, a bass guitar and a set of drums. In the center is a control panel to select or set a particular style of band (which allows you to set guitar, keyboard and drum styles and even remove them entirely from a particular sort of band). There is also a record button in the corner of the app.
Four people gather around each side of the iPad and play their respective instruments. They are set up in such a way so that it’s unlikely the four sets of hands with overlap. In effect, it’s a way for a band to jam together without actually bringing instruments. Naturally, the band’s music can be recorded and played back. They can create a custom style (or type of band) in which to work. There’s even a metronome function to keep the beat.
The app isn’t perfect. You’re limited to four instruments and can’t switch playing positions without physically getting up and moving to a different side of the iPad. However, I like the social aspect behind this app and am hoping that future iterations work through these issues. Plus the initial price of a buck can’t be beat. Recommended.
Would I Buy Again:At this price? Sure.
Learning Curve:Depending on your musical ability and experience, anywhere from low to high.
Who Is It For:Bands that want to rock together without taking their instruments
What I Like:Good concept and design. Great price for what you get.
What I Don't Like:Would be nice to be able to switch instrument locations or add different types.
Final Statement:Rock together with RockMate.
LET'S ROCK TOGETHER
Rockmate is a breakthrough music creation app. It turns your iPad into a complete music studio easy and super fun to use.
You can compose, record and play songs with up to 4 Rock players on one single iPad. Rockmate is easy to play with smart chords progressions, sounds great with separated guitar effects and in-house produced audio samples and is also fully customizable with multiple drums and keyboard styles.
Rockmate is ready to rock !
Your guitars are always well tuned, no need to carry your drum kit or to patch your keyboard. A smart metronome and a real-time looper will assist you in composing and recording your songs. Share your songs by email or iTunes sharing folders.
• Realistic design and animations
• High-quality samples
• 4 players on one single iPad
• Realtime looper
• Smart metronome
• Mixer with level and pan controls
• Realtime Fx (distortion, multiFX, powerchord)
• Chords progression customizable
• Create your own chords
• Save your styles (Chords progression, FX, Drum, keyboard style...)
• Export: .wav or .aac
• Sharing: iTunes sharing folder and Email.
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