Making music on mobile devices have allowed musicians like me to be able to create full songs on my own, in the comfort of my own home. While this allows me to do this at any hour of the day or night, one thing that is missing is the collaborative aspect of working with other musicians. One thing I do miss about my old college days is hanging out with my bandmates in a tiny room in the basement, working through new songs.
With Notetracks, by the developers of the same name, you can share and collaborate on tracks using your iOS devices. Check out a short demo video below.
As you can see, it is very easy to share your tracks with others directly through your device. By sharing your tracks, you can add notes, various symbols and lyrics to help progress your songs. Unless you're Billy Corgan, you probably like the idea of getting some feedback on songs that you are working on.
Once you've imported (or started your own) track, it is very easy to get started. One of the main sections of the interface is the waveform. Here you can place markers at various points, and tie text notes to these markers. You can also add notes such as "verse", "chorus", etc. to make it easier to jump ahead to these sections of your songs. You can even set loops between certain markers if you want to focus on a small section of the track.
The developers have added some great features here, too. There is the option to add different colored text to the notes, so you can identify who is making each comment. You can speed up or slow down the track. There's even a pretty effective EQ that you can adjust to focus on certain frequencies. You can even "handwrite" notes as well, so you're not stuck with just text or symbols.
More and more, I am seeing full bands of musicians who are creating albums on iOS devices who do not even live in the same country. Just think for a second how cool that is. Now imagine that these musicians can easily share tracks, give feedback, or even just provide encouragement.
The app is a universal app, which makes sense to be able to include all musicians on iOS. I had a chance to play around with it a bit, and I didn't experience any issues or crashes. It's a very smooth, well-designed app. The controls are all very intuitive. Simple, and in the right places.
Notetracks is a pretty unique idea for an app. While iOS devices allow us musicians to create entire tracks (or even albums) all by ourselves, sometimes a little feedback or collaboration can be helpful. Whether looking for a way to get "unstuck" on a track, or just working with a virtual online band, Notetracks allows for much more detailed communication between musicians. It's definitely worth a look if you're looking to get by with a little help from your friends.
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