Some game studios have big weekend sales going on featuring tons of titles for the holidays. We've grabbed a select sampling, but you should definitely be checking out the full catalogs for the range of deals. So don't wait around for a six foot bunny to bring you goodies this weekend. Check out what Mac|Life's found for you.
Many OS X plugins and iOS amps offer software-modeled versions of guitar amplifiers, but Bias - Amps! — an iPad-only app from Positive Grid — is the most impressive and totally realistic one we’ve ever heard. It’s so good, you might be tempted to sell your heavy old Fender Super Twin Reverb on eBay and buy a dedicated iPad to run it. And if you’re the kind of six-string slinger who’s not afraid to get under the hood, you can fine-tune your tone in ways we’ve never seen in software.
Cosmetically, GarageBand 2.0 doesn’t look very different than the previous version, though there are some slight visual tweaks to bring the overall aesthetic in line with the rest of the flattened-down look of iOS 7. Perhaps the single most important functional change is that you can now create compositions with up to 16 tracks on all supported devices running with pre-A7 processors – double the amount allowed before – and up to 32 tracks on the newest A7-equipped iPhones and iPads.
There are tons of faux guitar apps on iPad, and frankly, most of them aren’t worth the pixels they occupy on your screen, especially if you happen to own and play the real thing. While it’s still not what we'd call the Holy Grail, Pearl Guitar shows some real promise, especially for anyone who has been completely underwhelmed by previous offerings. Pearl Guitar is based on samples recorded from a 1979 Martin acoustic dreadnought guitar, and includes many subtle touches, like the sound of the guitar's wood being knocked if you move the iPad, or the string buzzing sound that happens when you move your fingers around a real fretboard.
A few new developments in the world of Apple and associated products. Which carrier's making big big promises on your unlimited data, how many people are really into this smartwatch business, and what little goodies are apparently socked away in these new iOS 7 betas? That and more on the flip in this week's hot news.
Guitars have always been an iconic symbol of rock and rebellion, which is why it's no surprise that they're the instrument that so many budding musicians flock to en masse. While guitarists might be a dime a dozen these days, great musicians know that having a big bag of tricks to draw from can help push their skills to the limits and beyond. Fortunately, the App Store has everything a guitarist could dream of to give his or her noodling a serious tech-heavy boost. Fancy yourself a six-string samurai? You'll get a ton of mileage out of this virtual toolkit of essential iOS apps to boost your guitar wizardry!
A musician otherwise, I’m also a trained singer with decades of experience. I sight-read sheet music well enough to jump into something new on the fly. But I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to the guitar. Well, I was until I started learning and practicing with the Fretlight Guitar and software eight weeks ago. I’ve always thought of the guitar as that intimidating, too-beautiful woman--I’d never be able to connect, so I never approached. Could the Fretlight help me learn to play? Yes, but it’s a tumultuous romance.
If you’re a guitar player and maybe even an avid reader of Guitar World magazine, you’re no doubt familiar with their free universal app Lick of the Day -- which just got a fairly significant update, adding sponsored licks, AirPlay support and much more.
There are two key phases of every guitarist’s day: The hours they are playing guitar and the hours they wish they were. And depending on how you use it, the iPhone and iPod touch can either lessen the withdrawal symptoms or make your practice that much closer to perfect--but can it replace your guitar altogether?