Finally a developer who is willing to put it out there and give us an insight as to what is going on behind the scenes!
I was excited to see the arrival of a new'ish guitar instrument amidst the never ending river of tuners and dots-on-diagrams fodder. Something that made a noise was long over due and coming from a serious app maker made it all the better.
Secret Base Design are responsible for a bunch of purchase-worthy Apps. My favorite is Music IO which permits Audio and MIDI to be transmitted via a USB connection from your iPad to a Mac. It works and it works well! I love cables ... the WiFi connection epidemic is wearing thin. It's so unreliable... for me anyway.
They also sell the "Apollo" series of apps which permit audio to be sent between iOS Devices, MIDI via Bluetooth and more. There's even a game called Pirate Ring HD with a cool icon! I think you have to be clever to play though...
I asked Patrick ... developers have names, who knew? ... what he was shooting for with Live Guitar and it's unique minimal GUI....
"My early guitar training was classical, and some American folk (Leo Kottke, primarily) — so finger style, plucking more than one string at a time. I wanted to have an app that let me play this way, my thumb hitting bass notes, and the other fingers at the same time — not just strumming. I made all of the virtual strings independent, and set it up so that they ring until they’re touched again — I felt that this was the most realistic emulation of the way I play.
For chord selection — it seems like EVERYONE used an interface where you have one finger, and you swipe from one chord name to another, or you tap to select. When playing guitar, though — ideally, you want to avoid looking at the fretboard, and rely on how things feel to find the right shape. If you’re looking at the fretboard, you’ll be a fraction of a second behind where you need to be...."