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Colour your iPad Tunes with RGBSOUND

This is not a virtual instrument, this is not a drum machine or a sequencer: this is RGBSOUND!

So reads the description of new music app RGBSOUND (released today) for iPad and iPhone. The description goes on to say:

By tapping the colors you play sounds and you launch infinite electronic loops, by shaking the device you change your music pattern.

It is a lot of fun to play with, we think that's what the Developers were after. You can see it in action in the video below:

Hands on

Whilst playing with this app today we have been both delighted and annoyed/frustrated in equal measure with the sounds we've generated. This may be our own ineptitude, but as you'll see from the video, the app possesses what we would call a slightly cryptic user interface.


The overall sound is very 'House', with a healthy measure of Acid and Electronica thrown in and it is easy to very quickly create a cacophony of annoyance.

But as you spend more time with RGBSOUND and start to learn the interface, you begin to realise how much more you can do with it. After a while you can start achieving some unique sounding mixes (if you're careful) and the interface holds a few surprises too.

UI touches

Try for instance pressing the little squares found in the centre of the four screen edges! And don't forget about the clever use of the touch interface to adjust the speed, pitch and volume of the samples.

The UI also seems to be designed for projecting onto a wall in a club or at a party with the flashing sequence of blocks indicating the loop patterns being used but also providing some mesmerising visuals.

A welcome break

We are not sure that RGBSOUND will replace any of your main music creation apps in the long run, there are no custom sound imports or recording/export facilities for starters.

But, as experimental as RGBSOUND seems, it offers an interesting approach to user interaction and provides another creative tool for the iPad musician looking to break away from the usual suspects for a while.

We think it is worth checking out even if just to try something new for a while.

Great price

RGBSOUND is available now in the App Store for a very reasonable 59p ($0.99).

As always, if you try it yourself be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

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Reader Comments (1)

Great ! I like it!!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterinformatique lausanne

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