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Animoog review (iPad)

October 20, 2011

“The music that we make will heal all our mistakes and lead us”

10 word description: Moog’s professional polyphonic synthesiser, designed for the iPad. Multiple modules.

Come on, how difficult would it have been for them to get Jeff Minter to program a version of Tempest into this?

10 word review: I know it’s not a game. It’s a really fun toy.

I don't know what half these settings do. That's kind of the whole point...

You will like this if you enjoy: Synthesizers – on your iPad (For 99c/69p). Playing trippy electronic music. Fiddling around with apps that you don’t understand but that you know, deep down, are definitely awesome.

A whole ton of presets. Go wild, go crazy wild with those presets

The good news: It’s really cool, man. It does a lot more stuff than I’ll probably ever figure out, but it’s immediately playable as soon as it’s installed; you don’t have to muck about with a million settings just to be able to play some tunes. The interface is easy enough to figure out. Graphically it’s rather awesome. Synths are all about fiddling around and seeing (hearing) what happens, so a thousand page manual isn’t necessary.

This is from the Moog site. I don't know how they got it to do that tunnel effect, but I'm not going to stop until I figure it out

The bad news: There’s no game anywhere in there. Also, I would have liked to have had a simple drum machine included, even a metronome. If there is one, I couldn’t figure out where it is, but I don’t think there is one.

The ability to select only the notes/keys that you need makes playing specific tunes a lot easier - if you're a complete musical noob. These are my "Escape from New York" keys

Arcadelife verdict: Yeah, ok, I know it’s not a game. But it’s fun and it’s the same price (currently) as the cheapest non-free games on the app store. I blew 69p on it in a spontaneous  impulse-buy, prompted by the nice screenshots. I can play the easy bits from the theme to Escape from New York and it sounds great on the Animoog, despite the fact that my musical ability peaked around 2002 while playing bass in a punk band, so I’m hardly qualified to talk about music. It’s amusing to read reviews of the Animoog on proper music sites, where they bang on for the first 10 paragraphs about historical and factual inaccuracies in the Animoog’s app store description. See, I thought music was about having fun, but really it’s about being a po-faced pedant who would bore an accountant to death. Get the app, get wasted and make some weird noises.

Arcadelife rating: 95/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0

iTunes link

Moog / Animoog website link

Arcadelife played (badly) and reviewed this synthesizer app on:
iPad (OS 5.0)
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