iJBass HD, an iPad bass app enables real-time performance!
We proudly present iJBass HD. With fully customizable buttons on the screen, you can play it easier even than a real bass. Place playable buttons to preset chords, scales, solo phrases even entire song! The fretboard can be moved by dragging it or side scroll indicator or tilting the device, accommodating players’ seamless performance.
*new - Midi supported
*new - Inter-App Audio (IAA) supported
- Audiobus supported
- Authentic vintage bass look & feel
- Hi-quality sound samples from an original 1971 J-bass
- Fully customizable playable buttons, 10 user presets
- Movable fretboard, by dragging it or side scroll indicator or tilting the device
- Floating bar makes open strings accessible at any time
- Vibration or trill by shaking the device
- Supports left-handed mode
- Detailed settings including mute sustain, tilt sensitivity, vibration speed, button behavior, etc.
I'm always excited by an app with a different take on the UI or playability features. iJBass ( yes, its a Bass Guitar ) takes on both aspects with an interface which provides both the familiar fretboard with tappable strings paradigm and a customizable "Pallete" of note pads which can be selected and arranged above the fretboard. Better than that, the notes aren't selected absolutely ( A/D/E etc ), but by their musical interval in relation to the note the player is currently fretting on the Guitar's neck. It means the pads can be different notes but they are always related to what you are currently playing. The note pads can each trigger a new note, or if you activate "Stroke by moving over button" (?) in the Menu you'll get a pitch-bend into the new note. I like this idea ... it could be awesome in a 6 string guitar app to set up passing notes and solo playing!
The sound of the bass is nice. It is reasonably bright, but clear and clean and can be tweaked with an external EQ. Unfortunately it's monophonic right now. Fine for playing in a song, but Bass players won't accept that. Needs to be updated.
AudioBus seems to work nicely into (into Cubasis in my case ) through Bias of course! iJBass showed up in InterApp Audio and behaved well, but I couldn't get a recording. Who can say who's at fault? The descprtion also says the app supports MIDI? Again I didn't see it in any MIDI port choices so maybe its just over Network or External MIDI? If so can we have some Virtual MIDI support please?
Of course there's things that need tweaking. Maybe a few more than I'd like for the price, but depending on your needs they may or may not worry you. Heres my list ...
There needs to be more samples in the sound set. Some of the higher notes suffer from being 'tuned-up' too far. But should Bass players be allowed to play up high? ;-) I instantly screwed up all the Preset Pallets since it turns out you can't Save/Load the setups. There seems to be 10 Slots and adjustments just stick! I'd love to have more presets built in ... maybe even some for fancy scales? Note- bending (and vibratro which is activated in the menu ) needs to be smoother, not restricted to a semi-tone, and achievable on the note pads.
I've contacted the developer and we'll see if they are responsive. I hope so because iJBass has potential. Maybe some IAP's could offer more Guitar sounds and styles ( e.g. Acoustic Upright ?) to keep updates financed.
I'd say iJBass is worth the price of entry ... just to play around with the UI and feedback to the developer. I hope to see more soon. For now here's a YouTube Demo!
UPDATE : developer Brian, replied to me very promptly and positively about what I thought iJBass needed! Great sign for the future...