Voice Band 4+

Make music using your voice

WaveMachine Labs, Inc.

    • $2.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Description

Play instruments with your voice in real time! Voice Band introduces a revolutionary new way to make music - with only your voice. Featured on G4TV’s Attack of the Show (with Olivia Munn).

* Imagine creating an entire song with only your voice. *

Just sing into your phone and hear Voice Band transform your voice into an instrument in real time. Voice Band doesn't simply alter your voice to sound like an instrument, it actually plays a real sampled instrument which follows what you sing. Want to jam to a guitar solo with your favorite band? Voice Band lets you play along with your ipod library, too.

Voice Band features a recorder which lets you build a song, one instrument at a time. Auto pitch mode helps you stay on key, and if you're a musician, you'll appreciate the adjustable scale and metronome. Voice Band also includes a built-in effects processor with distortion, reverb, and delay.

Whether you’re a musician looking to instantly capture an arrangement idea, or a music fan looking to make your own music for the first time, Voice Band will inspire and challenge you.

Check out what others have to say:

NYTimes: “Want to write music but you can’t play an instrument? Download Voice Band, sing the melodies and rhythms for different instruments, and the app creates the bass, guitar and drum tracks to your specs.”

Gizmag: “Stunning multitrack rock band recordings using only your voice.”

Tuaw.com: “I don't usually gush during App reviews … [but] VoiceBand is pretty marvelous.”

Features
• Turns your voice into an instrument, in real time.
• Instruments include: 2 guitars, bass, sax, 2 synths, Drums, and a Mic mode
• Built-in recorder allows you to record an entire song, one instrument at a time.
• iPod player lets you play along with your favorite music.
• Drum mode lets you play both kick and snare at the same time by singing at two different volumes.
• Auto Pitch mode helps you to stay on key.
• Adjustable octave
• Effects include distortion, reverb and delay.
• Adjustable musical scale for auto pitch includes Major, Minor, Blues, Pentatonic, Wholetone and Mixolydian.
• Built-in metronome with adjustable tempo.
• Songs can be saved, and e-mailed from within Voice Band.
• Compatible with headphone and microphone accessories.

NOTE: Like any musical instrument, Voice Band works better with practice. If you consider yourself non-musical you can still have lots of fun with Voice Band as you continue to expand your musical talent! For help in getting the most from Voice Band, check out our tutorial videos.

Requirements
• Quality headphones are recommended.
• A quiet place to record, to avoid false instrument triggering from external noise.
• Practice is required! As with any musical instrument, your results will improve dramatically as your skill develops.


Links to quoted sources:

Attack of the Show with Olivia Munn: http://youtu.be/E6cZIPAerWA

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/technology/personaltech/28smart.html

http://www.gizmag.com/voice-band-iphone-app/13876/

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/08/voiceband-personal-music-artistry-gone-wild/

What’s New

Version 1.8

- Added support for newer iPhones

Ratings and Reviews

jtility ,

Great idea, absolutely AWFUL at carrying it out.

This app does not work AT ALL like it shows in the sample video. In fact, I tried to recreate "Fly Away" (the same song they use in the video) just after watching it, and the app STILL sounded terrible. I have no idea how the man in the video got things to sound that perfect. How many takes do you think they shot before they published that?

This is a great idea for an app -- but it completely fails at executing what it wants to. First and foremost, it is TERRIBLE at figuring out pitch. I mean AWFUL. It couldn't even get it right when I played a synthsizer instead of singing -- and the notes on my synthesizer are obviously always perfect in pitch. The app didn't think so.

The other comments about the sample cutting off when you play a new sound are also spot on.
The drums are hard to work - it doesn't seem to be able to distinguish between the two sounds well.

I still use the native iPhone voice recorder instead of this app. I just sing into it and then tap out what I was thinking onto the synth when I get home. At least that way it's free, and sit syncs right with iTunes.

Not at all worth $3. Stay far away, at least until they update the pitch sensor and the comments here begin to look positive.

hollyfigueroa ,

So much potential

Like a lot of the other people who have reviewed the app, I am a professional singer, but I also play multiple instruments (cello, piano, guitar, bass, some brass and woodwinds, etc) and teach voice and most of the instruments mentioned. I had high hopes for this app as a fun thing for my kids, as well as a teaching tool. What it has turned into is something that I spent at least 15 dollars on after downloading it, buying multiple instruments that are way too touchy, and don't record the pitch that it sung. I tested this, thinking maybe I was off key, but I set the app to "chromatic", turned off autotune, plugged in headphones so the tuner wouldn't pick up multiple tones, and my separate tuner said my voice was on pitch, but still, the app was picking up something different. I hope the developer intends on continuing to update this app, because the potential to be a pro tool and a 5 star app is high...but not while these and other issues persist. As it stands now, this app,is more like a frustrating toy that never quite does what it is supposed to do.

dontletmedrown ,

Could be fun, but needs work

I have a difficult time recording anything with this app since the drums are so glitchy. Even a slight wiggle of the phone will cause a drum tigger. It's way too sensitive- there should be a way for us to adjust that.

Even setting the dial to kick only or snare only - it's still near impossible to lay down a glitch-free track The sample will cut itself off with SILENCE if a butterfly flaps his wings after your intended hit. A new hit should never cancel the prior. This happens over and over again until I eventually don't feel like using the app anymore. Perhaps a simple drum step squencer would be less maddening? The drum samples do sound good- if only I could record them without glitching.

The guitars also suffer from this same cutoff glitch. The mic hears some other miscellaneous noise (even though my mouth is right in front of the mic) and it just drops the previous sample. Not very fun when you are 8 bars in.

Yet another thing that blows: THE UNDO BUTTON IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE RECORD BUTTON. There will be times when you will destroy a recording that you just spent 20 minutes trying to make. NOT FUN. Why not more undos instead of just one?

The best way to use this app is to just use the "mic" setting and overlay your ideas with that. That seems to work fine with no glitches. The rest of the app needs some work. I really hope they do an update.

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