Easy Strum is:
.... an autoharp for the IPad.
.... one of the easiest musical instruments in the world. From no musical ability you can be playing beautiful arpeggiated chords in under 60 seconds.
.... unique. Strum the piano like a harp, or the glockenspiel like a harp, or any instrument you can think of like a harp (via wireless midi to your D.A.W).
.... quick, you can immediately play chords effortlessly with just one finger (or multiple fingers for Rachmaninov style flourishes :)
.... simple, it has six built in instruments: Piano; Glockenspiel; Harp; Celesta; Sitar and Marimba (no wifi config needed, on board sounds!).
.... a wireless midi controller that can control any Software instrument in your D.A.W if you want more control/sounds (e.g. Garage Band, Logic) for ultimate flexibility and scalability.
.... configurable. Change the note range, chord type for each row, wifi note on times.
Hey check this out ... no excuses it's free right now so hit download!
Easy Strum is a virtual auto harp with an interface that reminds me oddly of an ice-cream shoppe. But it works and as it says on the and label is fun!
The player has 4 rows of chords which can be assigned to your choice of variations and embellishments. There is a decent choice as seen on the right. Tap one of the buttons at the left extreme of the row and pick a chord type. Then, use each of the note names to fret a chord while strumming or tapping on the 18 note-bars. Music!
There's 6 instruments which sound nice (Guitar please! ) and a MIDI button which activates MIDI output. Of note is the fact that the developer saw fit to include a MIDI note length parameter, which i've been going on about forever ( faux high pitched accent please ...!). Unfortunately on my iPad the adjustment slider is absent and the note length is stuck at 2.5 secs. So close! Probably a bug?
But it doesn't matter for the time being, because Easy Strum plays very nicely. It is responsive, fast and although it says MIDI is transmitted over WIFI, my apps which have a 'Network' option for MIDI input saw it fine and played really well! ( e.g. Animoog, Nave ). So Easy Strum is worth it right there... turn down the internal synth and you can have some mega-chords sounding in to time.
The only other issue I found was that tapping the 'Shhhh!' bar doesn't mute the internal piano sound, or any sound over MIDI. Maybe the developer could offer us a tweak.
Easy Strum is quite promising. The MIDI implementation is solid so I suspect the author Poorly Dressed Ape could add a couple of extra controls ... pitch-bend per note ( left-right slide on note bars ) a Modulation Wheel, dare I ask for dynamics ( velocity ) via strum speed maybe? This could warrant some attention...
Got to go and get some Ben and Jerrys.