Pearl Guitar - Best new Android, iOS apps of August 2013
Amidio, the studio behind the stellar Futulele ukulele simulator app, returns for an encore: Pearl Guitar, a virtual representation of a 1979 Martin & Co. Dreadnought six-string acoustic, delivers astoundingly warm and lushly organic sounds that offer no trace of their digital origins.
Pearl Guitar integrates a 76-Mb sound database and CascadeEQ synthesis technology to generate crystalline audio bolstered by real-world touches like movement hums, string noises and guitar body resonances. Users strum their iPad screen the same way they would an actual guitar, and the strength and speed of their motion directly shapes the sound emanating from the app. Players may also "bend" the strings and slide between frets thanks to SoloBoard, a button matrix that represents the notes within a given scale.
Pearl Guitar users can record performances and vocal accompaniment as .WAV files, edit and overdub takes as necessary, and share their efforts via Dropbox, Audiocopy and email. The app comes with 16 pre-installed chords, but virtual Van Halens may also upgrade to premium mode, which unlocks a 1000-plus chord database as well as custom chord creation tools. If you're looking for a music-making app, Pearl Guitar is the pick.
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