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Video: Voice Band iPhone app - stunning multitrack rock band recordings using only your voice

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January 14, 2010

This guy is laying down a rockin' rhythm guitar track.

This guy is laying down a rockin' rhythm guitar track.

The iPhone's application capabilities continue to astound us. We've seen on-the-fly multitrack recording already in our a cappella review of Sonoma's 4Track app, but this one takes it to a whole new level. Voice band is a multitrack recording app that lets you build up the sound of a full band, including guitars, bass, drums, sax, synths and vocals, using only your voice as an input. The demo video after the jump shows just how simple this process is, and how astoundingly good the results are. Amazing stuff.

Voice band takes your voice as an input, and uses it essentially as a programming code for a bunch of different instrument sounds, which you can then layer up into a multi-track rock song.

Instruments include electric guitar, electric guitar power chords, bass, sax, 2 synths, drums and a basic recording mode to layer vocals on the top. There's multi-mode pitch correction, distortion, reverb and delay effects, plus an adjustable octave option and adjustable tempo. You can play along an MP3 from your iPod music library and sing over the top of it too, if you like.

Apparently there's a pro version coming out in the future that will output your vocal input tracks as MIDI. Now that's something any composer or arranger could make good use of. Excellent idea.

You have to wonder what Beethoven or Chopin would do with an iPhone... Although the sad truth is probably that they'd spend all day playing Bejeweled Blitz and stuffing about on Facebook like the rest of us.

About the Author
Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
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3 Comments

Simply mind blowing stuff. My hats off to wavemachinelabs, who obviously have a true winner of a program. I expect an upload and share component to be added in the near future.....

CreativeApex
15th January, 2010 @ 09:03 am PST

I wonder if this program is available for PC? It is certainly very impressive, and the results are very quick. I guess it does help if you are a musician, as you tend to listen for the structure and be able to separate each instrumental part, when laying down your tracks. I would like to have heard a sax solo. Great stuff!

windykites1
18th January, 2010 @ 01:54 pm PST

Awesome app.. especially for people who can't write notes but wanna compose music.

Shaun Goh
18th January, 2010 @ 02:59 pm PST
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