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Rift
40 posts
Feb 09, 2011
5:25 AM
I was one of the lucky ones to get my Verizon Iphone Monday. I have started looking through some apps but its hard to tell which ones are any good because there are a bunch on the same subject. A few "harmonica" ones that all look kinda cheesy. Anyone know of any good ones, either harp related or off topic? I did find one for Amazon.com that lets you scan barcodes of items and it tells you what Amazon is selling it for. That one really blew my mind!
KingoBad
600 posts
Feb 09, 2011
5:30 AM
"Jukemaster" is a great one for learning songs. You can mark and set a loop for certain sections of a song, and you can use the little turn table to rewind and move the song around.

I believe Jim, a forum member was one of the ones that crated the app. if I remember corretly.

Last Edited by on Feb 09, 2011 5:32 AM
AW
64 posts
Feb 09, 2011
6:48 AM
Here's a previous post which lists some good apps.

http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/556717.htm
AV8R
125 posts
Feb 09, 2011
7:24 AM
Ditto for the IPhone Cleartune tuner app, easy to use and consistent results.

I cross check the tunings with a Korg CA-1 (run both at the same time) and if they agree I move on to the next reed.
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earlounge
287 posts
Feb 09, 2011
9:34 AM
I love jims Jukemaster app on my ipod touch. I wish it was for Android too :(

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Miles Dewar
714 posts
Feb 09, 2011
12:25 PM
"Capo" is an app that is a MUST.

It is a "Magic Slow Downer" for your iPod music.
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Last Edited by on Feb 09, 2011 12:27 PM
Greg Heumann
1041 posts
Feb 09, 2011
12:37 PM
I also use "SPL" - a bona fide sound level meter. Great way to take the "I'm a bad guy" out of "It's too freakin' loud" input to the band....

And "Metronome" has some nice features - good way to get the tempo of an existing tune (just tap on the screen to the beat) or to practice with.
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jim
721 posts
Feb 09, 2011
12:39 PM
Yep Jukemaster is my app.

Cleartune is total shit... don't even try it. Go for iStrobosoft straight away - that's the real tuner.
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HarpNinja
1095 posts
Feb 09, 2011
12:41 PM
All of these apps or their equivalents suck on my Samsung Moment. The phone is a year old and nothing works right on it. Curse you smart phones!
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Mike
Quicksilver Custom Harmonicas
Updated 2/1/11
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Rift
41 posts
Feb 09, 2011
5:11 PM
Thanks guy. That gives me a bunch to start with. I will give the istrobosoft a try on your recommendation Jim. I doesn't come cheap though, it's the first $10 app I have seen so far!
JohnnieHarp
92 posts
Feb 09, 2011
5:41 PM
Istrobosoft DEFINITELY worth it for harp tuning!!! Easier to use and more accurate for harp tuning than my Korgs. Still use Korg for my guitar.

ALSO Jim's Harp-O-Matic Seydel tunings page works REALLY well on the iPhone / iTouch ... Here's the address to bookmark:

http://www.truechromatic.com/harp-o-matic.php

BTW ... I was JUST thinking of starting this thread ... Great minds and all of that?! ... Sending this via my iPod Touch 4 gen while listening to my daughter's choir practice ...

Last Edited by on Feb 09, 2011 5:57 PM
MP
1393 posts
Feb 09, 2011
7:15 PM
now i feel like gods own peon because i don't have an iphone. i want istrobosoft, and a metronome, and a slowdowner and aauugh!!! must resist,must resist, must resi.............
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MP
doctor of semiotics and reed replacement.

"making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time"
JohnnieHarp
93 posts
Feb 09, 2011
7:50 PM
> i don't have an iphone. i want istrobosoft, and a metronome, and ...

The latest iTouch (4th generation) which I have can run these apps. I didn't want an iPhone (too big and fragile to carry with me at all times) so the iTouch is perfect. I only have it with me when I'm going to use it.

With the iTouch can also make calls if have a Skype account. Now Skype mobile allows for video conferencing. Just need access to wireless WiFi which is quite prevalent and often free in urban areas.

Also, BestPractice is an excellent free PC based slow downer and pitch shifter. I use it every day and love it.

Last Edited by on Feb 09, 2011 7:53 PM
Matzen
14 posts
Feb 09, 2011
8:11 PM
Just wondering when the "speed control" on "Jukemaster" might be updated and work? Seems like a great app!
timeistight
15 posts
Feb 09, 2011
9:36 PM
If you're at all into jazz, iRealBook is a must have. Transposeable chord charts to 900 songs (and counting) and now, a multi-style player with which to practice them.
MP
1395 posts
Feb 09, 2011
11:16 PM
johnnie and miles and time.

yeah, you guys are right. and..the iRealBook! i remember going to a copy place to copy The Real Fake Book for my boss; yeah i know, he sent me to go do something illegal-and they wouldn't copy it! and i sort of slunk out of the place.
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MP
doctor of semiotics and reed replacement.

"making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time"
Ant138
783 posts
Feb 09, 2011
11:40 PM
I got an iphone last week and i must say it is a thing of beauty.(only down side is having to charge it every day)
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MrVerylongusername
1553 posts
Feb 09, 2011
11:50 PM
no one's mentioned "bharmonica" (in this thread at least). It's very useful - especially for learning new scales.

*1 on "iStrobosoft"

"nanostudio" and "Xewton Musicstudio" are excellent sequencing packages.

If you like playing over drones (like Howard Levy shows in some of his HLHS vids) then "tanpura devi" is great for Asian sounds and "Justdrones" is good for Celtic feel sounds.

"Prochords" is good for trying out piano chord sequences.

"Whatkey" does what it says on the tin (useful when you want to join in a jam)

"circle theory" and "pocket harmony" are neat little circle of 5ths apps.

"RTA" is helpful when balancing room acoustics on your PA

"AB loop lite" is a simple phrase trainer.

"Everyday Looper" is a little fiddly, but a nice little looper when you figure out the controls.
MrVerylongusername
1554 posts
Feb 09, 2011
11:52 PM
Oh and you mustn't forget "Angry Birds", 'cos sometimes multiple addictions are fun!
MP
1396 posts
Feb 10, 2011
12:56 AM
you can also look at neat color pictures of fractals if you ever get around to it and feel so inclined.

nice list MVLun!
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MP
doctor of semiotics and reed replacement.

"making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time"
HarpNinja
1100 posts
Feb 10, 2011
9:55 AM
So...if I want to run iPhone apps, I need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Does that sound right?

I have a 30 gig iPod that is probably a first generation and very old...4-5 years or more? The battery won't hold a charge for more than an hour. Maybe it is time to upgrade?

Any suggestions as to what I should get? Running those apps isn't crucial, but would be cool, I guess. I have wireless at home and work.

Regarding Cleartune, it is pretty accurate compared to a Peterson Stroboflip. It won't always pick up the pitch easily, but my phone is over a year old and starting to suck. However, when it is working right, it is very accurate.

I was looking to get a new smartphone, but it would cost me another $10 a month with Sprint and we don't even have 4G here! Stupid!!!! More money for something I can't use.
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Mike
Quicksilver Custom Harmonicas
Updated 2/1/11
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Miles Dewar
716 posts
Feb 10, 2011
10:07 AM
The iPod Touch is SOLID. Depending on the money you want to spend, the 2nd Generation iPod Touch has the better processing abilities(For the cost), has a built in speaker, and they have wifi capabilities.

If you are willing to spend more money, the newer iPod Touch is the way to go.
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The 2nd Generation seems to me to be the "Standard".
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If you "Jailbreak" your iPod, you can have any app you want.
HarpNinja
1101 posts
Feb 10, 2011
10:15 AM
It appears there is up to a 4th generation? The pic/video option on the 4th seems pretty sweet.

However, is the 2nd generation good for running apps like those listed here and listening to music? If I could use the apps that MrVerylongusername listed and listen to 30g or more of music, I would totally pick one up.
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Mike
Quicksilver Custom Harmonicas
Updated 2/1/11
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AirMojo
102 posts
Feb 10, 2011
10:21 AM
For Christmas, I got an iPod Touch 4gen 64GB, and really like it. I have had an iPod photo 60gb for several years now, and have a lot of songs on it.

I prefer my old iPod for an MP3 player because it can be easily operated without looking at it, like when its in your pocket, but not so with the iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch 4th generation has an amazing "retina display". The apps make it fun as well as useful.

The 1st app that I bought was the iStrobosoft tuning app after hearing so many good reports on it.

I want my cell phone to be as basic a phone as possible, which is getting harder to do these days, so I got the Touch.

Looking forward to trying out some of the recommended apps...

How does the "What Key?" work ? Does it work with songs loaded on the iPod while the song plays, or do you have to have the song playing from another source for the Touch to pick it up via the microphone ?

Doesn't seem to be very much help for this app on the intelligentgadgets.us website.

My favorite game is "Bumper Stars", and Klondike(Solitare)... I got the "angry birds", but got stuck on level-1 #20... makes me angry too !

Last Edited by on Feb 10, 2011 10:22 AM
jim
722 posts
Feb 10, 2011
11:21 AM
if you want to use iStrobosoft - any i-touch except 4th get is USELESS. I-touch 1-3 did not have mics!!!

And i-touch 1 wasn't even compatible with an external mic.
I don't see any difference betw. regular display and "retina", but the mic is what makes a huge difference.

if you jailbreak it - you'll have a number of important features enabled.
Like uploading harpomatic/tuneomatic for offline use (loading it via file manager)

Or like disabling default multitasking (which is total shit the way it is implemented) and getting real multitask.

Plus accessing stuff via FTP and much more important computer human rights that apple has intentionally deprived you of. (and those actions are against the law now, but who the fuck cares about the law when you're a company like that...)
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Last Edited by on Feb 10, 2011 11:21 AM
Miles Dewar
718 posts
Feb 10, 2011
2:36 PM
You can buy headphone Jack mics for under $2.oo.


Processing speed Directly relates to app performance. IPod 2nd Generation has the best processor for cost than any iPod touch out right now. Spending the money they want for 4th generation just seems pointless. Although you do get a camera.
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Jailbreak is a MUST.
AirMojo
103 posts
Feb 10, 2011
2:49 PM
Jailbreak ? I can barely get out of the house as it is, let alone get arrested for having too much fun !
JohnnieHarp
94 posts
Feb 10, 2011
2:57 PM
I like having the built in mic and cams ... both still and video ... as you can Skype from the ipod to a home phone without the need for headphones and now can video call to another itouch or computer with the latest Skype mobile ... I use this feature all the time ... essentially a WiFi video phone ... I use it both at home and away ...
AirMojo
106 posts
Feb 10, 2011
4:35 PM
My life long lessons have always told me that its best to wait and never buy the 1st of anything that comes out... wait for the bugs to get worked out and the nice-to-have improvements added.

That's probably why I didn't get married until I was 32... waited for the best until I couldn't wait no more !

Makes me wonder what the next generations of iPod's will bring... phaser, force-field, time-travel... I'll buy it !
BlueDoc
33 posts
Feb 10, 2011
7:45 PM
"Jailbreak ? I can barely get out of the house as it is, let alone get arrested for having too much fun !"

LOL!!!


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