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Many different genres and software types are well represented in the App Store, including games, musical instruments and recording options, science tools, and loads of other choices. However, so rarely does one app meld together varying experiences in a way that yields something as downright cool, fun, and creative as Musyc. It comes as no surprise that this amazing little gem was created by the same minds behind the excellent drum app DM1, and while it’s hard to completely control at times, the entropy is a big part of the absolute fun here.
The basic idea of Musyc is that you have graphic objects that can be sound sources, or things that change the way the sound objects interact in a boundless canvas, with some limited physical properties (like gravity). There are four different types of audio generation objects tied to the predefined sound samples of the included sound sets, as well as some “controller” objects – like walls, connector strings, a “black hole” that absorbs sound objects, and more. The interactive, animated tutorial does a stellar job of taking even the most inexperienced newbie through the steps of learning Musyc, and there are plenty of sample creations that you can start playing with – and modifying – to quickly come up to speed.
There's a sparse, but very functional mixer screen for controlling the four types of sound sources, and an FX screen for adding some basic audio effects. However, this is one area where the app could definitely use some beefing up, especially compared to the variety of options in DM1. We’d also really like to be able to import our own sounds – perhaps the biggest limitation of this app. The free download of Musyc includes the four basic sound generator objects, but you can add an object motion recorder, new sound sets, and even wilder creation objects for $1.99 each, or $3.99 for the whole shebang. If you find yourself spending quality time in the free version, splurge for the kitchen sink. You won’t regret it.
The bottom line. Musyc may not become your primary iOS musical instrument, but it’s more joyous fun than many games we’ve wasted time and money on, and it’s a study in clear interface design. Get the free version and prepare to be amused and delighted.
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Innovative and fun interface for sonic experimentation.
Relatively sparse effects selection. Can't import custom sounds.