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.

Developer Amidio explains:

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMFRYpYYZbs&feature=player_embedded

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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 UpdateHoly 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.