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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.

If you want to compose (or just play along) in real-time, there's a 4-3-2-1 count in...

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.

Here's a lead line

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.

Beat patterns can be as simple or complex as you like

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Amidio / Songineer website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0)

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