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SteadyTune for Mac

Agile Partners released SteadyTune for Mac today. It's a simple app that gives you a tuner for stringed instruments in your menu bar, and it's an amazingly accurate alternative to the tuners built into apps like Logic Pro. It uses a completely new algorithm from Agile Partners that provides a sta...

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SessionBand Jazz lets you create like a master

UK Music Apps Ltd produces SessionBand, an iOS-based app that gives you chord-based audio loops. You can use these loops for professional recording or to enhance your music experiments while you learn. A new version, SessionBand -- Jazz Edition, was released on June 15th. The new Jazz Edition fea...

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Jamn for iOS makes learning to play guitar visual, easier

Jamn (US$1.99) is a universal iOS app that visually communicates the relationship between musical keys, chords, scales, notes and the audio an instrument produces. Having spent some time teaching music to young students, I know all too well how difficult it can be to communicate the relationship ...

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Daily iPhone App: Guitar! by Smule plays a familiar tune

Smule is the company behind a lot of excellent music apps, and its latest release is called, simply, Guitar! by Smule. Just like much of Smule's other work, the app is designed to let you "play" a guitar via your iPhone, tapping and strumming various notes that run across the screen. That in its...

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Smule users record 1 billion songs

Smule may be only 5 years old, but the California development firm started in part by Jeff Smith and Stanford Assistant Professor Dr. Ge Wang has had an amazing impact on the world. The company shared some stats with that are incredible -- Smule's apps have been downloaded over 100 mill...

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Review: ChordMate for Mac, a powerful tool for guitarists

ChordMate for Mac, available from the Mac App Store for US$51.99, is a guitar chord library that makes learning, identifying and building custom chords to play on the guitar easy. If you already play guitar, ChordMate will encourage you to learn and play new and different chord voicings and inve...

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iRig HD will soon support Lightning iOS devices

We've told you about IK Multimedia's myriad music-making accessories, but those of you that are musically inclined and have an iPhone 5, iPad 4 or iPad mini might want to take note now (get it?). IK Multimedia has announced the iRig HD. The plug-and-play, high-quality digital guitar/bass/instrum...

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Fender Squier Stratocaster USB guitar available exclusively at Apple Store

Apple and Fender are working together to bring a USB version of the Squier Stratocaster guitar to Apple users. The Stratocaster is available for US$199 and is sold exclusively through the Apple store. The guitar is chock full of features that'll appeal to both the traditional and the digital ...

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Engadget tries on the gTar for iPhone

Engadget hopped over to TechCrunch Disrupt to check out gTar, a guitar accessory for the iPhone. If you've never heard of gTar, it's a learning guitar powered by the iPhone that's part Fender and part Guitar Hero. It'll help you learn the basics of finger placement and strumming using an LED-li...

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Griffin announces StudioConnect Audio/MIDI interface for iPad

Musicians have another audio and MIDI interface to choose from when they're looking for a way to connect a guitar, bass or MIDI instrument to an iPad. The new StudioConnect Audio/MIDI interface for iPad (US$149.99) was announced by Griffin Technology today, and it adds a sleek looking dock to the ...

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Hands-on with ION Audio's Guitar Apprentice and new iCade models

We first saw ION Audio's really impressive iCade followups at the beginning of CES last week during CES Unveiled, but that little taste at the crowded event wasn't really enough for us, so later in the week we went by the company's booth to get a better look and actually hold and play with the ...

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Daily iPhone App: Magic Guitar

Smule, as we've said before, is an interesting company. Its goal is to bring new musical experiences to people through technology like the iPhone. The company's latest release, Magic Guitar, definitely follows that philosophy. Like the very popular Magic Piano for the iPad, the app enables you ...

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Agile Partners rock GuitarToolkit 2.0

Agile Partners (who've come up at TUAW a few times) have released GuitarToolkit 2.0, a major upgrade to the original app which adds extensive features and an iPad version. GuitarToolkit boasts a range of tools geared at guitar and bass players, but now includes enough flexibility to work with any...

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Using the iPhone and iPad cameras to capture external guitar oscillations

Remember the video of guitar strings oscillating, caught by an iPhone sitting inside a guitar? Turns out you can capture this outside a guitar if you just apply a ton of lights. It makes sense, as you're monkeying with the rolling shutter, which can then capture the oscillations of the guitar s...

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Griffin StompBox multi-function foot controller for iOS devices

Griffin has announced a new 4-button foot controller that works with iOS devices. The Griffin StompBox (US$99.99) was developed to work with the Frontier Design iShred LIVE iOS app (Free), making it easy for musicians to switch effects with the StompBox with a tap of a foot. The StompBox is p...

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