Apple’s GarageBand gives iDevice owners the chance to strum a six-string using an iPad, but one new application – Pearl Guitar – promises to improve on that experience. In the new app, users are offered a dedicated six-string guitar simulator, which includes “smooth animations,” Retina display-optimized graphics, parallax effects for strummed strings, and a whole load of impressive features.
Pearl Guitar is a carefully tuned virtual representation of the legendary vintage 1979 Martin & Co dreadnaught, one of the best acoustic guitars in the world. An optimized 76-Mb sound database is further processed by CascadeEQ synthesis, producing pristine clear stereo audio with a nasty bite of accidental roars, movement hums, string noises and guitar body resonances.
The strumming feels natural; the smooth, dynamic sound varies as you adjust your playing speed. After just a little training, the performance is hardly distinguished from a real guitar. There is also a metronome and a conga drum machine which provide rhythm assistance.
Furthermore, a “SoloBoard” feature makes it easier to play solo passages note-by-note, and allows users to bend strings and slide between frets as they go. It’s also possible for users to record their singing voice using the application and its built-in metronome feature.
As outlined in the app’s release notes, here’s a complete list of features offered in Pearl Guitar:
- A virtual 1979 Martin acoustic steel guitar
- Unprecedented sound realism
- True stereo output
- CascadeEQ synthesis – lush and warm sound
- Guitar body hits and hums, string noises
- Variable strumming speed
- Conga Drum Machine
- Up to 16 chords per song
- “Smart Follow” highlights the next chord
- “SoloBoard” – unique solo interface
- Record to .WAV with a single tap
- Record singing using a headset or mic
- iTunes File Sharing support
- 16 most popular chords
In addition, for an in-app purchase of $6.99, users can also access the following “Premium Mode” features:
- Chord Menu (edit songs, chords and sequences, exchange with the community over internet)
- 1000+ chord database with variations and custom chords
- File Manager with sharing options (Dropbox, Audiocopy, Email)
- MIDI record (along with .WAV), virtual and hardware in/out
- Audiobus functionality.
Below, we’ve included a trailer video of Pearl Guitar, which shows off the application in action.
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Pearl Guitar can be downloaded in the App Store for $2.99, and is optimized for the iPad only. At $2.99, it’s worth noting that the application is less expensive than Apple’s $4.99 GarageBand. However, with the $6.99 in-app purchase added on, the total price of Pearl Guitar is just under $10.
Check out the new application now, or for more of today’s app news, see: Photo Eraser For iPhone Gets A Speed Boost In Latest Update, Holy Moly! The Nuns With The Guns Are Back In Nun Attack: Run & Gun, and LinkedIn Contacts Gains New Features As It Connects With Its First Update.