"Playing musical instruments are around us"
Have you ever thought about it ?
"I want to play the guitar," or "I want to sing while playing the guitar."
GAKKEY is the beat application to play the guitar intuitionally.
You can try with very simple handling, and actually play the guitar.
Enjoy the musical life with GAKKEY.
- Guide function
First, enter a string of chords into the memory of GAKKEY.
It leads to the next string.
- You simply touch the chord.
You can play difficult chords with one finger.
You are a guitarist like that, and you can play the guitar smoothly.
- Collection of Sounds
electric guitar (clean)
electric guitar (distortion)
- The number of chords
Ah Ha! A new playable guitar instrument! Gotta love that feeling .... plus the screenshots look interesting. Has a developer stumbled onto some hitherto unknown secret sauce that will help my inner virtuoso emerge ... 'cos there is one in there somewhere! Let's find out.
Alright... I agree something probably got lost in translation here ... "The new guitar will be begun''. But you have to admit it's the kind of slogan that could go viral! And I attempted Japanese for 4 years when I was younger ( I think Gaakey heralds from Japan... ) and we're certainly overdue for some payback on that account... so let's go with it and begun the the new guitar!
Gakkey is a graphically innovative guitar strumming and note picking instrument. It has three guitar tones built in - Acoustic, Clean Tone ( electric with chorus ) and Distortion ( not over the top ... but pretty crunchy ). The sounds are nice and full, plenty of level but they suffer the too short sustain syndrome ... come on developers we're not afraid of a longer download or filling our devices with real samples. Just go for it!
From a playing point of view things are very smooth. The stings are represented by graphics on the left ... strum, tap and the results are responsive and controllable. The chords are the usual pad displays shown 6 at a time.
On an iPad ( in 2x mode) the spacing of these makes this an instrument to be played from the front, rather that holding the device like the body of a guitar. I'm not being fair really, because the Gakkey is aimed at the iPhone and I'm sure thearrangement is more comfortable on that screen size. But hey, an iPad mode might be useful? Your playing is highlighted by flashes of color as pads are touched and strings tapped ... which isn't as distracting as you'd imagine. Infact as a finger picking instrument I found Gakkey very fun!
Chord selection is simple. Choose between 3 modes.
1: select a root key note with a slider and the six chords in that key become available.
2: chose the 3 chord mode and a key and get the 1-5-7 chords plus their seventh embellishment. Campfire mode.
3: go custom and choose whatever chords you want from a decent library of choices. In this mode two sets of 6 chords can be defined ( Side A and Side B ) which can be switched while playing by tapping a button ( is it an 'album? ) labelled "Side" next to the song title.
The choice to have all the chord names visible in the GUI at once is a bit shakey. Maybe the inactive chords could 'recede' a bit more please? These chord sets can be saved as 'Songs' so you can build up a library of tunes to wow your friends.
If Gakkey has any secret sauce it's in its ability to set a chord playing order in the Custom Chord pane. Once set up this sequence can be displayed in the main GUI with lines and highlights to indicate what to play next. It's smart enough to indicate which Bank of chords is in use and could be a handy prompt for learning a song. It's a good idea.
Of course there's things missing. No AudioBus support.
Developers ... don't release an app without this. It takes care of all the 'no tone controls, no effects, no recording ' criticisms in one fell swoop.
Theres no dynamics in strumming and tapping which is a shame. There's no MIDI output, but that's only required when the built in sounds are poor and you want to use the playing surface. Aside from the short sustain Gakkey's sounds are OK.
So is it a keeper? If you don't begrudge 99c to the developer to encourage more work sure. You'll have a fun session or two messing around. But as-is it Gakkey is locked in as a useful instrument and thus sits in the 'sound toy' category. It could be a lot more than that and I hope the creators don't loose interest!