Jam Maestro is a powerful music composition tool for musicians interested in making guitar-centric music.
Sequence up to 16 instruments together, including Guitar, Bass and Drums, and compose songs in guitar/drum tab format.
Midi sequence and play background apps in your compositions using the Midi and Inter-App Audio instrument types.
Easily construct harmonies and see the relationship between notes thanks to a unique interface. Instantly share tab ideas with friends and bandmates via Dropbox. Playback with highly realistic samples. Export tabs to PDF/TXT and render tabs to wav/m4a format. Import Guitar Pro 3-5 files.
Full version features:
- 5 Instrument types: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Midi, Inter-App Audio.
- Inter-App Audio Host and Node support.
- Connect up to 4x Inter-App Audio Effects.
- Effects: Reverb, Delay, EQ, Chorus, Flanger, Vibrato, Tremolo.
- Full Midi In/Out compatibility
- Midi Sequencing
- Import Guitar Pro 3-5 files
- Export/Import Midi files
- Export tab to PDF/TXT file
- Create your own Drum Kits.
- Audiobus 2.0 support, including State Saving that captures tab info (share your songs in Audiobus presets!)
- AudioCopy support.
- Can now read in Guitar Pro 3-5 tab files (gp3, gp4, gp5)!
- Internal instruments invoked via Midi IN are now velocity sensitive.
- [iPad only] New 'Hold to Solo' button when strumming. Holding down the button allows you to tap/hammer notes on the fretboard without removing the strum bar.
- [iPad only] Midi instruments now have a 'Midi Velocity' panel in the top left where you can adjust the velocity of your sent midi notes on the fly (springing back to the default midi velocity when not touched).
- Can now turn off fret release modes altogether. This allows notes to ring out of their own accord. Useful for when playing chords, or when using midi instruments with a finite sound length. To apply no fret release just toggle off the current selected fret release type.
- Can now print your exported tab PDFs straight from the app via AirPrint.
- Background audio status now remembered between sessions.
- Audiobus SDK 2.3
A welcome update courtesy of David Blake over at Jam Maestro sees this instrument take giant leap forward in playabilty. If JamMaestro is buried somewhere on your iPad then its time to dig it out and give the new buttons a press!
There's two features which warrant special mention here ... both only available on the iPad version due to screen real estate limitations on the iPhone ( I think ).
Firstly a new button labelled " Hold To Solo" adjacent to the Strum Bar. Wait did someone say SOLO?
Let me explain ... nearly all iOS Guitar Instrument apps play chords. Tap a pad it plays a chord. Better still, tap a pad, strum some strings and a chord rings out. Some better examples even let the player tap individual strings to produce chord notes . Arpeggios anyone? A couple of Apps even acknowledge a guitar's ability to play any note and permit single note doodling or soloing, if you doodle right. But none try to get both sides of the coin to play nicely together.
JamMaestro has always covered both bases, open the Strum panel, choose a chord configuration and strum and tap the strings. Chords ...nice. Then close the strum panel, choose the "1" configuration ( single notes) and tap fretboard notes to solo or pick out a melody. But switching between setups ... not exactly the kind of thing you could do and keep playing sweet music.
Not anymore ... set up JM for chords ... strum away... then hold your thumb on the "HOLD TO SOLO" pad and simply tap the fretboard notes to include passing notes between chords or let fly with a solo that cuts your little sister in two. Let go and back to chord mode. At last, chords and notes ... its like a .. a ... guitar!
It's the little things ... and I am so grateful!
The second addition will only show up if you define a MIDI Instrument in JamMaestro. This configures the app to just send MIDI Data to another app ( or external MIDI Port ) in response to your playing, rather than making guitary sounds. It's great for messing with synths and such if you like your life complicated ( I seem to ... ). Anyway JamMaestro now sports a small slider in the top left corner which allows the player to control Velocity ( note loudness ) in real time as notes are played. The effect should be to change the volume of each note played, but it does depend on how the receiving instrument is configured. Some instruments don't traditionally respond to note velocity at all ( eg an Organ ) , others may benefit from the changing dynamics ( eg a Piano ). The Velocity control in JM can be set to a chosen Default (on a scale from 0-127), then dragged around while playing notes on the fretboard. Once released it returns to the chosen Default value ( don't want to accidentally bump it to zero ... that's no notes ).
IMO this now elevates JamMaestro to the top of the 'playable' heap. Sure you will still have to practice but it's pretty close to being able to emulate playing an expressive guitar part. I've been inserting a Guitar Amp in the built-in IAA slot and the results are just so much fun!
There's nothing better at any price and the price is tiny anyway!