With StrumStage's rich sampled guitar sounds and simple controls, you feel like you are playing a real guitar, yet every note, every chord, sounds perfect. You have to try it for yourself to experience the natural feeling of spontaneous play.
■ The secret of how StrumStage feels so real
- You grip the device like a real guitar and simply strum your fingers across the screen with abandon. It doesn't matter where you start a strum, just slide across the strings covering most of the screen. The interface is simple enough to use that there's no need to put it on a table and stare at the screen while you play. Just hold it naturally and without even looking at the screen you can play, just like a real musical instrument.
- You choose the chord you are playing by holding one or more of three huge buttons on the side of the screen, laid out thoughtfully so that you can pick up to 8 different chords without even looking at the screen.
- Each string sounds different depending on the speed of your strumming. Play fast and rough or strum a subtle melody.
- We recorded all the guitars string by string in a professional studio. To preserve the guitars' natural sound as fully as possible the sounds are nearly unprocessed, with just a slight normalization applied.
■ Share your performances
- You can record and save your performances in high quality. Share them directly with friends by email, or with the whole world. Beginning or ending a little bit rough? Just trim the song a little bit.
- Twitter support lets you share a recording with all your followers.
- SoundCloud support lets you share with the world. If you set your (free) SoundCloud account to integrate with Facebook, your recordings will appear there as well.
■ StrumStage has it all:
- 1 Electric Guitar (3 more guitars available for In App Purchase)
- 7 Effectors (Distorsion, Fuzz, Chorus, Reverb, Delay, Tremolo, Flanger)
- 12 Bass / Drum backing beats (more backing beats available for In App Purchase)
- Many free downloadable chord patterns
- Recording, optionally with your voice*
- Publish your recording by Twitter / SoundCloud / Email
Wow its very quiet on the news front. Not even a Ukulele chord finder to report on!
So instead, here's a worthy addition to your collection from a few years back called Strum Stage. Its an iPhone native app but plays well in 2x mode on an iPad. The idea with this one is that there are three finger pads which can be held in different combinations to simulate fretting strings on a guitar neck. This gives 2 x 2 x 2 or eight combinations which can be assigned to to any chord you like from a pretty decent chord library. There's Maj,Min, 7, M7,m7, sus4, 7sus4, aug, aug9, dim, 5, m7b5, 9, 6, m6, m9 or all chords each played in 5 positions up the neck! Plus entirely custom chords can be built from a chord editor!
There's an option to always show your finger mapping at the top of the app until you remember whats going on. Chord ,layouts can be saved and theres even quite a few presets built in to get you going.
Strumming on Strum Stage is very fluid and responsive.
Dynamics are controlled by strum speed and note tapping is totally workable. I think the app downloads with a Strat style clean electric guitar model, but three others ( Acoustic, Les Paul and Telecaster ) are 99c each and worth it if you enjoy playing this instrument. The sounds are bright with a decent sustain ... maybe a little sampling noise on the Telecaster... and a bit of a click when the sound ends. I don't recall this when the app was launched and I suspect that the lack of an update since 2013 might be responsible?
There's built in Stomp Boxes ... they're fun and will have to do because there's no AudioBus support. It didn't exist way back then!
To help you along theres also built in drum loops and a 'smart' bass-line which changes key to match whatever chord you are playing. The drum loops and bass-lines can be mixed an matched to your taste, adjusted for tempo and extra loops are available as IAP's. Not bad to bump up the fun! If you bought everything offered you'd blow through $10.00 , so its a manageable affair.
My only hesitation is that Strum Stage hasn't been updated for a log time. I have written to the developers and emails still go through, but I've never heard back. AudioBus would be a great update to this otherwise notable work. But seeing as the main app is free, why not give it a go? There isn't anything close to this good for free ...