October 14, 2011 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Kanagawa, Japan - Independent developer Mitsuhiro Sugimori today is pleased to announce robick 1.3.0 for iOS, an update to his critically acclaimed Music player app that offers real-time, continuously variable control of pitch, tempo, and key. Featuring a single, uncluttered screen with a black wheel controller, listeners can easily set in and out points, repeating playback of complex passages, while slowing the music down by 50% without altering its pitch or key. Ideal for the musician, dancer, or fitness trainer, robick is an audio player for listening to music deeply.
There are other iOS music apps that offer many of the same capabilities as robick, but very few that offer such a brilliantly conceived interface. Resembling a large black wheel or old vinyl record, listeners can easily use the color overlay to dial in the exact pitch or tempo they are trying to match. Touch a button and the same wheel displays a circular audio waveform of the entire track, and a different color overlay sweeps out the playback like the second hand of a clock. Invaluable for the musician who wants to analyze five seconds of music using auto-repeat, he or she can easily zoom in on the wheel and waveform and drag to set the precise in and out points on the number-free timeline.
In fact, every function of the app has its own distinctive color overlay, allowing intuitive adjustment of multiple controls. Tempo is continuously variable between 50% and 150%. Pitch is continuously variable plus or minus 100% (100% is equal to a semi-tone). Key is also variable plus or minus 12 semitones, but increments in 24 discrete steps. There are numerical readouts for each of the three functions on the bottom left of the screen. Double-tapping resets each to zero. Real-time clocks on the top right display track length in minutes and seconds, playing time of a selected clip, and duration of a selected repeat.
* Simple, ergonomic wheel interface
* Play fast music slowly
* Confirm a chord in various keys
* Study a lick and a sound
* Repeat the selected point of the music many times and play in all keys
* Ideal for music dictation, transcription, and arrangement
* robick imports tracks from the iPod library
* Repeat part of track (A-B repeat)
* Display simple waveform of the track on a single screen
* Change key and pitch without affecting tempo (speed)
* Change tempo without affecting pitch
* 3-band equalizer
* Continuous or reverse playback
* Playlist function
* Import multiple tracks simultaneously
* Cannot play DRM protected files
robick works so well that the app soon disappears, and the listener is directly connected to the music itself - browsing, analyzing, altering, adjusting, and repeating it without thought or effort. The app also includes some special features that are rarely seen in such music player apps. There is a 3-band equalizer to boost treble /midrange/ bass, which is especially useful for music dictation or compensating for the sound of headphones or speakers. For Beatles fans, a reverse playback feature is included. Continuous playback is another feature useful for music dictation, and users can quickly switch to the preceding or following track as in the iPod app. Finally, users can create customized robick playlists.
"robick helps make music practice fun," stated independent developer Mitsuhiro Sugimori. "There is no other iOS music player that offers this kind of performance and so many features at such a reasonable cost."
* U.S. English and Japanese
* iPhone or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 7.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
robick 1.3.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Kanagawa, Japan, Mitsuhiro Sugimori has been an independent developer since 2009. (C) 2009-2011 Mitsuhiro Sugimori. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.