iPad music and synth apps all seem to be trying to exactly replicate the
experience of using a real synthesizer or instrument, like Virtuoso Piano 3 .
Recently I discovered BeBot, an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad music app that breaks that stereotype.
According to the developer, BeBot is:
…Part synthesizer, part animated robot.
Touching the screen causes the robot to move and make sounds controlled by your movements. Play it like a musical instrument, or just have fun watching the robot and making sounds with your fingers.
Features 4‑finger multitouch polyphony, multiple synthesis modes, user-definable presets and scales, tweakable synth settings and effects, and more!
And for me, this reads as pure fun! Robots! Synths! What more could you want.
Well, how ’bout a Theremin? Yep, the developers have built in a preset that emulates a Theremin pretty darn well.
Some will see this as a musical time-waster or toy, yet it can have serious musical applications. Check out the video below of Jordan Rudess working the BeBot on an iPhone.
So, for $1.99, I’m thinking this is a pretty versitile piece of musical tech. How ’bout you? Got a favourite musical iOS app? Let me know about it in the comments.
And, as an aside, check out this awesome video of a Theremin being used to play the Star Trek theme!
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