A year in the making... OMGuitar12 is twelve string version of the popular OMGuitar 6 String App.
Includes 4 completely new 12-String guitar sounds!
New strumming patterns! Replaceable background!
Plus all the features of OMGuitar: realistic strumming, 10 FX, record, MIDI, Audiobus, Remote control & More!
There is a dedicated string-picking/arpeggio interface, represented as a column of 6 buttons, which can easily be played together with the string strumming interface. Note bend effect is achieved by swiping the button area.
The glowing neon strings themselves respond to the speed of strumming and the distance between themselves and the initial screen tap. The player is supposed to strum the guitar with one finger and place the second finger on the guitar at any time for muting all the strings (this option can be turned off in the settingsmenu). With such approach, many common guitar playing techniques can be easily accomplished.
You can choose from about 300 chords to play 99% of the songs ever written. The songs are conveniently saved as chord sets and can be loaded with a single tap.
Some of the world's best and most expensive guitar models have been sampled with great precision and act as the source for the synthesis engine. There are 6 completely different playable guitars, 3 acoustic and 3 electric. The tone can be further shaped with the 3-band equalizer.
OMGuitar has 10 built-in effects with over 50 presets: 2 types of Distortion, Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Wah-wah, Vowel filter, Compressor, Tremolo.
OMGuitar now supports external fretboard running in iPhone via the free Amidio Remote app (just like the Futulele).
+ The best mobile guitar emulation ever!
+ Expressive playing is now possible
+ Amazing sonic quality, the sound is very impressive
+ Support external freatboard (a-la Futulele app) with Amidio Remote (free iPhone app)
+ Audiobus! Use it with guitar processors!
+ Autoplay with LOTS of beautiful presets!
+ Record to .WAV, .MIDI, export to iTunes
+ Full MIDI compatibility (virtual/hardware)
+ 6 guitars (3 acoustic, 3 electric)
+ 10 On-board FX with 50 presets
+ File Manager
+ Save own chord sets
At last a new guitar instrument app... and it's based on one of my favorites OMGuitar!
This time out it's a 12-String model with 4 guitar sounds plus everything else that's packed into the OMG line ... yeah I guess it's line now. So you get a comprehensive effects chain (Distortion, Reverb, EQ, Compressor, Delay and more) and recording function, MIDI in and Out and Audio's support. No IAA plug in functionality but that's not a deal breaker for me ... my experience with it hasn't been stellar so I tend to steer away from it anyway.
So, if you visit the App store page for OMGuitar 12 you might be a little shocked by the screenshot of the main GUI... a bit bohemian for your taste maybe?
Yikes .. not sure Gibson ever made a finish like that. But don't panic one of the new features of OMG 12 is that the background can be changed. The Options pane provides an interface into an image sharing service called "Pixabay" which has a ton of images to provide a confusing muddle of design elements to hide the OMG strings from you! But it's fun to see just how bad you can make it. Thank heavens the developer saw fit to allow us to use images from the iPad Photo Library ... so I was able to quickly choose a nice wallpaper image and clean things up a bit.
But of course I can't be content with that, so I snapped a shot of my actual guitar with the IPad and after a bit of image sizing-trial-and-error ended up with this. Yeah the strings don't line up, but next time I re-string, I'll grab a shot of the guitar with no strings at all. Problem solved...
So how does OMG 12 play? Really nicely. The strumming and tapping is responsive, the chord pad has a generous 12 chord selection which can be chosen from a really good palette of chord types. The basic electric and acoustic models sound great with a decent sustain and nice controls for muting the ring-out (either a chunky hand mute or a two finger silent fade). There are also two 12-String "Synth" sounds ... which are more resonant and cold sounding. Might be useful. One way or another you'll easily be able to get your Byrds/REM/Wings vibe smeared all over the house.
MIDI in and out works well ... but be aware that to use MIDI in you'll have to mess a bit with the sending device's octave control. It's easy to send MIDI notes which are too high to trigger OMG's range and you'll get some really plinky plonk sounds if you get anything at all!
Audio buss - check - no issues running though all manner of tone mangling apps.
Lastly the built in recorder is worth mentioning. Just hit the record button and start playing. Then to the File Manager in the Options pane and pull fine a list of Audio and MIDI files. Yes, OMG records both! The audio file can be edited with a basic audio-file editor , but more significantly, both Audio and MIDI can be Opened In ... an other app (I used Cubase 2) or Shared via email and Drop Box. Great job dev!
So for $2.99 ( $1.99 Intro special! ) OMG 12 is a no brainer. If you want to read more about it's cousin OMGuitar I wrote a full review here which applied to OMG-12 too.
Oh, and before I vanish for (probably) another 3 months, if you are interested in a fun synth to noodle around on ... by that I mean actually play, not sit staring transfixed at 500 sliders ... you won't go past Seline Redux Pro also by zCage. This version comes with tons of great sounds, but if you'd rather get in cheaper there's a version for a couple of bucks which offers the extra sounds as an IAP.
Thank heavens someone out there is continuing to work on decent guitar apps! Thanks zCage!