Songineer review (iPod/iPhone)November 7, 2011
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10 word description: Instant composer – create electronic music. 20 instruments, 5 drum kits.
10 word review: Very easy to create great sounding tracks. A lot of fun.
You will like this if you enjoy: Having a very easy to use composer app on your iOS device. Playing around with drum patterns, bass-lines, etc.
The good news: Very easy to use. Some nice example pieces that can be edited. Magically makes whatever you compose sound pretty damn good. Excellent interface. A lot more options and potential for fiddling around than you might expect. Variety of nice sounding electronic instruments. Ability to save and export in several common formats.
The bad news: Eventually you will think of something that you want to do and will hit a wall, beyond which your creative genius is restricted by the number of tracks per instrument that you can create. However, there’s a heck of a lot of scope for creating all sorts of groovy, banging tunes before that happens.
Arcadelife verdict: This is a really great composer app, very simple to use and with a good default library of sounds. The drum/beat composer is a load of fun on its own, before you even begin adding bass, lead, atmospheric sounds and keyboards. I like Songineer quite a lot more than I thought I would, primarily because of the ease of use and the way it makes any creation sound special, even if you just randomly tap a load of notes to see what will happen. I can also see it having potential if you want a very inexpensive drum machine and you have something to amplify your iPhone’s output. Overall, it’s fun and has plenty of cool features.
Arcadelife rating: 89/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Amidio / Songineer website link