RockMate – Letting You Rock Together

On December 25, 2011

App Type: Uncategorized

RockMate – Letting You Rock Together

Our rating:

By: Fingerlab

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2011-12-14

Developer: FingerLab

Price: 3.99

User 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.

Quick Take


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.

Read the Developer's Notes:
? RELEASE SPECIAL PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME !!! (From 14 to 21 december 2011) ?
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.
• Airplay

Watch Rockmate video trailer on YouTube Fingerlab's channel:

Feel free to let us know what you think and what you'd like to see in the next Rockmate update.


Other Fingerlab music App:
DM1 the Drum machine

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