Apple’s Music Memos brings group instant backup to the app
Apple’s new music memos deliver instant bass and drums in an app for guitarists and pianists. Jefferson Graham presents the revolutionary app.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif .– Everyone wants their own backing band, right?
Apple’s new Music Memos app, released Wednesday, can do just that – give you your very own bassist and drummer, to play along with your guitar or piano composition, in time and in tune with whatever creation comes your way. .
Maybe your computer music software can do it, but we’ve never seen an app offering this kind of instant band-in-a-box, for free and so efficiently.
If you like to have fun with musical instruments, Music Memos is one of the best deals in Apple’s toolkit, and it should keep you busy for hours.
The inspiration is Voice Memos, Apple’s audio recording app built into the iPhone, which was designed for dictation and loved by musicians looking for a tool to express a fast riff, lyrics or music. a musical idea.
In fact, pop star Taylor Swift even included 3 Voice Memos song demos on her. 1989 bonus album for Target customers.
Voice memos have become so popular that the folks at Apple brainstormed a new app, also free, based on music and far more versatile than voice memos.
With Music Memos, you can record yourself singing or playing guitar or piano, and listen to them instantly.
The coolest feature is the backup tape. Once your song is recorded – using the iPhone’s mic – you can either listen to it as guitar, piano, or pure vocals, or click the bass and drums button to add the additional instruments.
You can change the key, tweak the beat, change the feel of the drummer or bass, and if you really want to go crazy you can then use it in Apple’s more comprehensive Garage Band app and add more layers. Above. .
In voice memos, once you save, you can share the file by email, SMS or Dropbox. In the music app, beyond GarageBand, you can also instantly post to SoundCloud, YouTube, and iTunes.
Making the most of music memos, basic recording couldn’t be easier – just place your phone near your instrument.
The trick is to get the automatic drums in sync with your playing. I tried a few solo guitar riffs first and just couldn’t get the drums in sync with me. But when I started each song with strumming, the beat was so much more consistent. You’ll need a lot of trial and error on this to get it right.
Watch the accompanying video to see the music memos in action.
Music memos are available in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
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