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Get Your Groove-on with GrooveMaker for iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted August 13, 2009 12:00 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Applications Reviews 

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Have you been craving a way to make music on your iPhone/iPod Touch? I sure have, and I think I have the perfect application for you to use!

GrooveMaker is a revolutionary application that allows you to create electronic, hip-hop, and dance tracks in real time like a professional DJ. I was able to put my own DJ skills to work with this fun app and never realized how exciting it could be to create tracks on a device smaller than the 24 inch screen I have at home.

The look of the application can be a little intimidating, however, I can assure you it is much easier than it looks. I’ve used Sony’s Acid software and of course, Apple’s GarageBand and it is a completely new experience on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

What I like about this application is the fact that the pre-installed loops can be automatically remixed on the 8 available tracks in ways that are unique each time. You can literally make an endless amount of mixes that give you more variety. The application allows you to make professional full-length tracks as well. Want to make some ambient soundtracks? No problem! Want to make some movie scores? No problem! In fact, Russ Landou, composer for CBS’s Survivor, used this application to make some music cues for the upcoming FOX TV Show, “Seducing Cundy” It is amazing how an iPhone app can be used to create music for TV shows!

Another aspect I like about the application is that you are able to work with your track being created and make changes in real time. No stopping the music and adding in effects; Just make the changes and they will take effect on the spot! If you no how to drag and drop, you know how to work with GrooveMaker. It is that simple.

So what are these tracks? You have GrooveMaker Free edition, Club, House, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Pop, DNB, and Electro. Available today are the free edition, Club, House, and Hip-Hop, with the others on the way. The price varies, but you are looking at no more than $10.00 (House and Hip-Hop) which is a pretty great deal. There are a few in the app store that costed much more with less features and functionality.

Overall, the application is wonderful. I would imagine anyone that does not have a clue how to make tracks will easily know how to do it with this application. It is super simple and there are directions to help if needed. Since using this app, I have created many tracks. Some good, and some bad, but given the fact this app is so addicting, I’ll probably have a few CDs out by next month!

With this app, anyone can be a DJ and that is what I like. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams.”

So what are you waiting for? Go get the app which was approved in the app store for a release sometime today. Below is the press release:

August 2009, Modena, Italy—IK Multimedia is proud to announce the launch of GrooveMaker® for iPhone/iPod touch - the revolutionary app that allows you to create and share non-stop electronic, dance and hip-hop songs on the go, in real-time just like a professional DJ or music producer.

GrooveMaker for iPhone/iPod touch—a full porting of the previous Mac/PC application from IK - gives you a completely new way of making music with audio loops. Thanks to our patented “groove generator” technology, you can automatically remix the hundreds of loops included, on the 8 available tracks, in virtually limitless ways, all with one touch.

With GrooveMaker, you can create professional full-length tracks and grooves for your music compositions, ambient soundtracks, movie scores and more. And it’s so easy to learn that you’ll be creating your songs and remixes in minutes.

Everything in GrooveMaker is done in real-time, without ever having to stop the music. It’s like working with a real instrument! You can add, remove, and replace single or multiple loops as you listen, so there’s no stopping to your creative flow. GrooveMaker makes remixing a breeze and a totally new experience. Composing is as easy as “drag and drop” and puts you at the controls of the music. It’s your mix, and it all happens in real-time. Pick a drum groove. Layer on a bass riff. Add a bass drum beat. Spice it up with melodic and rhythmic lines, leads, pads or effect loops. Browse millions of grooves with one click and pick the ones you like. Change tempo on the fly without stopping the music. Then save it all as a new remix and export it to your Mac/PC.

With GrooveMaker, ANYONE can be a DJ.

Features:

- Instantaneous control over 8 stereo loop tracks

- Massive loop library of drums, bass, bass-drums, lines, pads, percussion and effects included

- Play, Mix and Randomize loops on the fly

- Combine studio-quality loops to produce a million possible grooves

- Manipulate loops in real time (pan, volume, mute, solo, group, tempo)

- Arrange grooves easily with drag and drop to create full-length tracks

- Save, preview and recall your mixed tracks

- Upload your tracks as hi-quality WAV file to your Mac-PC (Wi-Fi network required)

- Interactive Help feature allows for quick learning, simply follow the indicated steps


Range, pricing and availability:

There are 4 GrooveMaker applications already available and 4 more to come soon for every dance music style, including a fully functional FREE version that you can download to start making music right away!

GrooveMaker FREE    

- House and Hip-Hop styles, 125 loops included (78-125 BPM), FREE

GrooveMaker Club            

- Techno, Trance and House styles, 189 loops included (130-135-145 BPM), $4.99/€3.99

GrooveMaker Hip-Hop        

- Hip-Hop style, 315 loops included (80-85-90-100 BPM), $9.99/€7.99

GrooveMaker House          

- House style, 315 loops included (120-123-125-127 BPM) $9.99/€7.99

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