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August App Share

It’s August and the Olympics are just around the corner – so run, jump, swim or cycle over to the App Store and become a Gold Medal worthy expert on 3 more music apps this month.

Let us know if you’ve used any of these apps and what you thought of them, plus what you’ve been using recently. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your favourites, and visit App Share to see more of ours!

412380315_padscreen1360x480Symphony Pro (£7.99 on iOS)

Perfect For: Ages 10+.

What is it? Symphony Pro lets you compose and notate music on your iPad. It’s possible to write real sheet music for virtually any size ensemble which you can play back to hear your creations. It has a really impressive range of instruments and features such as copy & paste make it an essential tool for composers on the go.

Why do we love it? The sheer detail on this app really makes it stand out. There are numerous ways to input notes from tapping through to playing your melody with the on-screen keyboard and watching the app notate it for you. The playback produces a high-quality, realistic sound no matter how many instruments you have.

dropophone-screen1-300x200Dropophone (Free on iOS)

Perfect For: Early Years and SEND.

What is it? Dropophone is a simple yet effective app which uses multi-coloured droplets to produce a variety of sound. It recognises the sequence that you press the drops in and plays them back to you on a loop. The different colours represent different types of sound, giving you loads of possibilities.

Why do we love it? It’s a simple app that produces really great results. It’s immediately accessible, fun to explore and intuitive to use. All of the notes work with each so there’s no chance of getting it wrong either!

IMG_0667Chord Detector (£2.29 on iOS)

Perfect For: Ages 8+.

What is it? Chord Detector does exactly what the name suggests – it can detect chords for the guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin using any song from an iPad’s music library, Dropbox folder, YouTube video or soundcloud sound. It’s a fantastic tool to use when learning new songs.

Why do we love it? It’s impressively accurate and detects more complex chords such as augmented and diminished, allowing you to perfect the song in no time. With guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin as the chosen instruments it really is an essential for the string instrument player wanting to increase their repertoire.

To view more of our favourite apps and start app-lying yourself to music technology visit our App Share page.


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