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Guitarists will love RiffMaster Pro for iPad

We were a bit sceptical before trying this on our iPad because many of these 'slow downer' type apps make the audio sound horrible, especially at the slowest speeds with clipping and stuttering.

In RiffMaster Pro for iPad though there is none of that. The audio quality is really fantastic. In fact, it is probably the best audio slow downer we have heard, on any platform.

Sample songs

We tried it out with two classic cover band songs, "Rebel, Rebel" by David Bowie and "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses. Both songs, but especially the latter, have intros that thousands of young guitarists have spent many hours listening to over and over again to perfect their covers.

In both cases we were able to slow the song right down to 50% speed without losing any detail and retaining perfect pitch to play along with. Actually, the audio was so clear and we found it so fascinating to hear the individual notes and words being sung, that we started slowing down all our songs to hear how they were constructed.

You can choose to change the Pitch instead and keep the same tempo, which will help Guitarists and bands who tune down, as many do to get a bit more grunge in their sound.

Play that again

Setting up repeated sections is very easy and the waveform display is fast, accurate and responsive when scrubbing through the song. You can also mark certain points in the song, useful if you are learning a particular section and can see it coming up in the waveform display or add notes for the songs.

An essential purchase

If you are a Guitarist with an iPad and you want to learn songs by other artists, you need this app - simple as that really!

RiffMaster Pro is available from the App Store for $4.99, which is a lot cheaper (although with less advanced features) than their Desktop versions.

Here's a video preview from the Developers showing how the app works. Remember if you get this app to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

 

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The quality of this app is really stunning. I bought it based on this post and expected it to be clear, but I was very surprised at how clear it is, even at 50% speed, where many slow-downers glitch and get messy. Any idea how this differs from similar devices, as far as how it achieves the clarity it does?

For an older guy like me (early 40s) who remembers the era of trying to learn songs off an LP, something like this for 5 bucks is nearly miraculous. The interface is simple and works well. Thanks for mentioning it on the blog.

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hi Mike - that's what really impressed us too, glad you were happy with the purchase after reading our post.

They have a desktop app of the same name which has been around for a while, so we are guessing they used this significant advantage and a similar audio engine to make their iOS version as good as it is.

August 1, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Just as an extra data point for this kind of app, there's also Capo. I haven't tried RiffMaster Pro (which I have no doubt is great) so I can't compare them, but Capo's slowed down and pitch-shifted audio is excellent. Capo allows you to slow down and shift pitch at the same time; the audio quality remains excellent. It has a Mac desktop app which is far more powerful and costs quite a bit more but the iPad app is good enough for my purposes.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Marcos

Thanks Miguel, we will have a look at Capo.

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