This isn’t REALLY an app review as opposed to my opinion on it. After being put onto this application by our Editor in Chief I found what I thought to be an error in it which was actually more my ignorance over anything else, but after speaking with the developer and using the application this App was so much more than I thought it would be and I hope this gives him the boost he needs for it to take off.
Music Riff Studio is designed as what I would call a music sequencing app, more focused around composing riffs. Advertised in the Play Store as being made “by a music composer, for music composers.” After discussion with the developer he actually gave me a pretty good insight as too what this app is all about.
When I first downloaded it I saw it as a very basic music app for creating riffs or tracks with basic but everyday, essential instruments, varying note lengths and easily applied glissando and an easy to use menu for tempo change, saving the track, basically everything you need to compose a track and go. The one thing that I saw as instantly being wrong was that down the left hand side of the screen e listed Piano notation wasn’t right A, H, C, D, E, F and G. Now I was always under the impression H was intact B, however it turns out in certain parts of the world H can be used instead of B.
“In parts of Europe, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Norway, Finland, and Russia, the natural symbol transformed into the letter H (possibly for hart, German for hard): in German music notation, H is B♮ (B-natural) and B is B♭ (B-flat). Occasionally, music written in German for international use will use H for B-natural and Bb for B-flat (with a modern-script lowercase b instead of a flat sign). Since a Bes or B♭ in Northern Europe (i.e. a B elsewhere) is both rare and unorthodox (more likely to be expressed as Heses), it is generally clear what this notation means.”
After a few further emails with the developer it became apparent that we both shared the same vision for this type of music application on a mobile device. Most developers make applications which squeeze way too much on a small screen and try to make the interface to much like what you would see on an actual computer. Now whereas this can be a good thing, depending on what sort of thing you want to do it can also be a bad thing.
“I think the most of companies moves in a wrong way. They try force move desktop GUI into small screen of phone.
There many mobile music applications. All of them is inconvenient. Look how to easy you can add glissando in Music Riff Studio, for example. Compare how difficult it is done in other music editors.” Sergy – App developer.
I fully agree with this and think this app is a brilliant concept. From speaking with the developer it sounds like he has many great thing instore for Music riff and with a bit more work this app is definitely a promising one to keep an eye on for musical boffins everywhere!