I have always been interested in having an app that does music sequencing and have never really found anything up to the standard I’m interested in before. I know many of you will ask why would you want to do music sequencing on a phone, but if you are very interested in music and want to write down a catchy riff for later use or if something you think is ingenious pops into your head you need something decent to write it down other than just a piece of paper and notation – especially if you don’t follow musical notation – or again if you just want to have a play around with some composing.
I personally have over the years gotten used to using software such as Logic Pro. Now I know it’s a lot to ask for something of this calibre in a mobile phone app, but I think I have finally found something which is close enough (although still not quite there) to keep me happy!
Pocket Band – ULoops is available on the android market as a free trial version or a paid version for £3.14. Personally you should get the paid app as there are many useful features in the paid version which aren’t available in the free one.
The app supports 125 instrument sounds (not all of which are great but some are pretty good) and 35 different drum kits which is quite a lot! It also has the facility to record live audio. Basics to edit a track such as pan, pitch, volume controls and reverb are also available for each track. The free version doesn’t support as many instruments however.
As the name would suggest all musical inputing is done by “loops”. The only bug I have found with this so far is that you can only really work in a loop of 4 bars so if you are inputing an unusual song format such as one I tried to have a look at having a 9 bar introduction you then need lots of loops – so the 9 bar intro was 3 loops instead of one. Another flaw to the free version is that you only get a set amount of loops to work with were as the paid version you get pretty much unlimited.
The app works online with everything being saved to an online account which you can then share in something of a social network community within the app. The app does use a lot of data so I would advise to only use via Wi-Fi or if you have an unlimited data plan.
So far this app looks to be fairly sturdy and even though I have only had a quick play on it I would recommend to any musical bods out there who want something new to play with.
This is just a first impression/taster of this application. A full review for this will follow some point next week – hopefully with a video demonstration so keep your eyes peeled if you want to read more!