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Yamaha releases Arp & Drum app for iPad

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July 13, 2012

Yamaha's Arp & Drum app for iPad

Yamaha's Arp & Drum app for iPad

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The Yamaha Arp & Drum Pad app for iPad is a music creation app that's not only capable of transmitting notes to external MIDI instruments, but includes a built-in virtual keyboard, allowing the user to trigger the arpeggiator and play numerous patterns from a variety of instruments.

The arpeggiator takes center stage, giving users a choice of 342 arps from a number of instrument categories. These can be modified in real time for swing, beat stretch, variation and octave range. There are also 16 fully assignable drum pads with 64 user templates, tap tempo and a ribbon controller that lets you control velocity and pitch.

The app lends itself most naturally to electronic music styles, and although there is a significant learning curve for newcomers, having spent some time with the app, it presents a responsive and intuitive experience. After a couple of hours of use, creating a beat and layering a synth line on top is simple and rewarding.

Yamaha Arp & Drum app drum pads

Yamaha Arp & Drum app drum pads

These features add up to an impressive release for Yamaha, but it's the price point that really stands out. The app is currently retailing for the introductory price of just US$3.99, increasing to $7.99 at the start of August 2012. That's significantly cheaper than similar iOS music creation tools. The Korg iMS-20, which features an analog sequencer and drum machine based on classic and historical instruments, retails for $32.99, making Yamaha's offering a wallet-friendly entry into the world of iOS music creation.

Source: Yamaha

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Chris Wood Chris recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Politics and Ancient History. Based in the U.K., he has an enthusiasm for technology of all kinds, specializing in mobile tech and games. In his spare time you might find him running, playing music, following NFL (Pats fan) or fueling his ever growing Swiss watch obsession.   All articles by Chris Wood
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