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GrooveMaker Rock Ace review (iPad)

March 14, 2011

“It takes blood and guts to be this cool, but I’m still just a cliché”

10 word description: Create tracks from 315 professionally sampled loops. Groovemaker rock version.
10 word review: Get down & rock out with no musical ability! Headbanger heaven.

It looks like a pocket calculator. It doesn't sound like one.

You will like this if you enjoy: Rock music, Guitar apps, mixing the sounds of real musicians.

He's Ace. See what they did there?

The good news: Clear, clean, intuitive interface; very easy to mix instantly gratifying rock tracks.

Sadly, there's no option to turn this up to 11. I'd call that a missed opportunity.

The bad news: Ultimately, it’s just you mixing someone else’s music. A premium priced rock-mixing iPad app endorsed by the guitarist from Skunk Anansie doesn’t exactly have “mass market appeal” written all over it.

Ok, it's not my fault this one isn't fantastic for screenshots

Arcadelife verdict: If you’re into rock music (or any of the many sub-genres of rock music) and you fancy mixing and looping some professionally played and recorded samples via a polished, intuitive interface, you’re going to have a lot of fun with this. If you happen to be a fan of Skunk Anansie there’s even more reason to get excited because the app is fully endorsed by, and more interestingly the samples are created by, their guitarist, Ace. No musical ability is required, as all you are doing is mixing and looping existing samples. A bit of magic at a technical level means that you’re never going to create anything out of key or completely awful, even though it can be fun trying to do that!

To summarise; this is an easy to use, polished, loop-mixing app that will let you arrange existing samples the way that you want. You’re never going to sound out of tune but you’re also never going to create anything unique – much like 99% of acts in the charts these days, I suppose.

The version of GrooveMaker Rock Ace for iPad  that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0.2.  

GrooveMaker website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3)
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