moForte Guitar is a virtual guitar based on modeling the physics and performance techniques of the guitar.
Because the moForte Guitar is modeled rather than based on playing back samples, the performance experience is uniquely expressive and interactive.
- Modeled feedback and distortion like a real metal guitar.
- Strumming and PowerChord modes.
- A selection of models for popular types of electric guitars.
- Recording and sharing of performances.
- 9,500+ chords.
- Powerful authoring tool for chart creation - supports custom chords and effect presets.
- Modeled guitar articulations including: harmonics, pinch harmonics, slides, palm muting, string scraping, damping and auto-strum.
- Fully programmable effects chain including: distortion, compression, wah, auto wah, 4-band parametric EQ, phaser, flanger, reverb and amplifier.
For iPhone 4s or better and iPad 2 or better, iOS 8.0 or better
What's New in Version 1.7
- Inter-app Audio and Audiobus supported instead of a local record button.
- In-app purchases no longer available, previous in-app purchases included free
moForte Guitar is a bit of a conundrum in my opinion. On the plus side it's a modeled guitar synthesizer which means the sound is generated algorithmically in real time thus negating the need for samples, loops, poor sustain times and crappy pitch shifting. moForte literally creates the sounds as you play. This means you get realistic tone and expression along the strumming area, string 'scraping', pitch bend and slide, feedback, harmonics, palm muting and a host of guitar effects. It's quite amazing even considering the price and iOS platform. If you are interested in the technical possibilities of sound modeling then the $4.99 is well spent from a curiosity standpoint.
This update also removes all of moForte's in-app purchases and gives you access to everything for one price. All the sound editing, effect pedals, amp simulation and chord possibilities right from the get-go. There's also support for IAA and AudioBus which negates the need for an internal recording mechanism. Now we're getting somewhere!
BUT ... oh why is there always a BUT? ... the ergonomics of playing moForte are just not in tune ( oh, he strikes again! ) with how a guitar actually works. Let me explain.
At its heart moForte relies on setting up a 'chart' ... which is basically a song structure... containing Intro, verse, chorus, middle 8 and so on in whatever order you want. The structure is built from 'bars' which can contain 'Chords'( from a great selection plus custom creations and notes entered on a TAB chart ). The programming of the song structure is made easier by the inclusion of "Repeat" commands ( to repeat a verse twice for instance) and 'rests' (pauses) along with the ability to assign strum styles, effects chains, tempo changes and the like on a per chord basis. Wow!
Those of you who have ever worked with a pattern based drum machine will be very familiar with this idea and the time it can take to perfect an entire song!
Once all set up, the song playback can be initiated in two ways. First, a 'Play" button which runs through the entire composition as entered and can sound amazing, as evidenced by the multiple demos in the app. Secondly the user can manually play the song by strumming the sequenced chords and triggering a chord change at the appropriate time with a big 'arrow' key. Now here's the rub. one of the aforementioned 'strum styles' is a "Power Chord' option which changes the way the sound is triggered from strumming manually to tapping a giant pick on the screen. It's intended for solo's or a couple of notes at-a-time. Each tap advances the sequence as programmed which means any note playing requires alot of programming... one step per note ... and it's a bear to perfect. Ugh...
on the left the 'strumming' interface and on the right the 'power chord' mode.
Mixing the two modes in one song is tricky ( none of the demos do it ) and its just weird to play when the mode changes during a song if you do get it right.
In summary it seems moForte has been designed up-front to play a preprogrammed sequence and the manual playback, which is what makes it an instrument, is poorly thought out maybe even an afterthought. So despite the brilliant sound and technology behind moForte it's hopeless to 'pick up and play' which makes me want to scream! Come on ... how about some chord pads and scale / note buttons? This thing would be amazing!
In fact Wizdom Music just released a new instrument named GeoShred which provides an isomorphic note playing interface ( a grid ) to control the moForte guitar simulator built into the app as a sound source. It's pricy ... $14.99 ... and looks great for shredding, but strumming doesn't seem to be on the menu. And based on the past history of Wizdom apps there wont be any updates or refinement other than repairs to what's there.
So there we go ... moForte Guitar sounds great... and give it a go on that basis... but decent playability once again is overlooked for those of us who like to noodle away until the muse takes over. At least that's how I've written all my biggest hits...