worship technology - iPhone apps
I phone, you phone, we all phone for iPhone. The latest craze in wireless technology, it seems like everyone and their brother is sporting an iPhone these days.
While applications like "More Cowbell" and "iToot" all offer their own form of usefulness (and comic relief), there are several Apps that might prove useful in the contemporary worship environment. Let's take a look at a few...
A great tool for guitarists that need a little chord-refresher every now and again, Chordmaster by Planet Waves is a must-have tool for the beginning and intermediate guitarist. In addition to clear illustrations of chords and their various finger positions on the guitar, Chordmaster is also equipped with virtual strings that allow the user to strum the chord. Left handed? No problem, as Chordmaster comes with both left and right handed diagrams of over 7000 chords. Ditch that chord book, and pick up Chordmaster!
A great way to capture musical inspiration on-the-fly, FourTrack by Sonoma Wire Works is a power-packed app for under $10. Giving artists the ability to layer vocals, guitars, bass, etc., FourTrack is also the only multitrack recorder for the iPhone that includes live drum recordings, panning, and wifi-sync capabilities (giving users the option of downloading recordings to a computer). Making recording a snap, users can easily record their musical ideas via an external microphone or the built-in iPhone microphone. If you're looking for an inexpensive, but highly versatile multitrack recorder, we strongly recommend checking out FourTrack.
An inexpensive app ($9.99) that packs a wallop, RTA (Real Time Analyzer) is a great tool for the sound man on your A/V team. With both Octave and 1/3 Octave modes, RTA is an easy way to take a visual look at room acoustics, tune the room, or test the speakers. Loaded with a built-in pink noise generator, RTA also allows you to save and recall up to 10 graphs, allowing you to compare and contrast different acoustical settings. In addition, RTA also meets or exceeds IEC and ANSI specs.
A handy chromatic tuner, Cleartune is a great tool for guitarists, bassists, and other instrumentalists that require a highly portable tuner. Using the internal microphone on the iPhone, Cleartune features a easy-to-read interface, and allows users the option of selectable notations and temperaments. In addition, Cleartune offers users a tone generator, and the adjustable A4 calibration. Highly portable, Cleartune is a great way to keep your ensemble in tune!
Looking to buff up on your guitar scales, arpeggios or modes? Scale Wizard by Planet Waves offers over 10,000 different patterns (including left-handed views and alternative tunings). Audio-equipped, users can also listen to descending and ascending scale patterns, in addition to hearing individual notes. With multiple positions, Scale Wizard is a great tool for beginning, intermediate, and even advanced guitarists.
Offering all the features of a hand-held sound level meter, SPL by Studio Six Digital is a digital decibel meter that includes options for storing results, in addition to filters and averaging modes that meet or exceed the criteria for ANSI Type 1. Allowing the user to position the microphone towards the sound source, SPL is equipped with a screen that flips, in addition to a resettable MAX dB field that allows users to capture the highest reading for each session. Highly portable, SPL is a great way to stay on top of the sound level in your sanctuary!
Tired of lugging around a Dr. Beat with you to each rehearsal, service, or gig? Tempo by Frozen Ape is a highly versatile metronome that operates in both landscape and portrait modes. In addition to over 17 different time signatures, Tempo offers 4 sound sets, 12 chromatic pitches, and a tap tempo function. Equipped with visual feedback, Tempo is also a great tool for the drummer in your ensemble, ensuring that each song starts at the correct tempo every time!
Connecting you with your favorite artists, Pandora is a great way to discover new worship music for your ensemble. Simply start a station with the name of one of your favorite bands/artists, and Pandora finds other songs and artists that are complementary, allowing you to discover new music along the way. The best part? It's totally free!
Look out keytar players! miniSynth by Yonac is the latest craze for those looking to add a little bit of synth to the worship band. Having seen the YouTube videos of bands using this powerful synth in live performances, it's no surprise that miniSynth is such a hit! Now featuring recording/playback capabilities, and the ability import and export files, miniSynth also features a 48 key monophonic keyboard, 6 selectable octaves/oscillator, 2 analog modeling VFO's, built in reverb, and more.
C'mon. Everyone needs a synthesizer that features a singing and dancing robot. Enough said.
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