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  1. Abcmsaj

    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    Name: Boom
    Developer: [creative]
    Price: $0.99 (59p)
    Size: 23.4 MB
    Version: 1.1.1​

    There are loads of music apps out there. Some were made for functionality and fun, like Ocarina. Some were made for professionals, BeatMaker. And this one is made for that back-alley gangster rapping which I know you secretly do in your spare time.

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    The presentation of the app is very nice. I look at is as an aluminium background and some mini vinyls lined up neatly in rows. The menu is neatly on the right hand side and the transitions between menus are exceptional (shall talk about them more in a bit)

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    When you tap on a vinyl, you'll notice the number turns into a pause sign. When this happens, basically you're playing a loop. On the first screen, there are 9 different drum beats for your to loop (one at a time) and you can do your P-Diddly rap over the top. All beats were created by David Justice (the sound engineer for the app) and are all different and unique.

    Beat 5 has a bit of a gap between loops, so it throws the timing off a little bit - But I've told the devs and I hope there'll be a fix in a future update.

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    The new feature in v1.1 is this. It's the mixing table. 15 different sounds which can be played at the same time. And that's the point of it. Now you've got 15 fixed loops which you can mix together and make your own tune.

    A mixture of drum beats, synth chords, melodies and vinyl scratched are at your disposal, and however you decide to mix them - They all sound great.

    The idea is brilliant. For $1 you get an amazing mixing system with 15 varied sounds - But the only problem is timing them...

    There is a small latency (lag) between when you press "play" and when the sound actually starts playing. This is illustrated in the video I made below. And it makes it very difficult to make a sound where the timing is perfect. However, I have seen the [creative] dev team's video where they get it spot on! So maybe all you need is practice

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    EDIT: Ah.. while doing the video I also found that loop 7 on the "Mix" menu had a gap aswell. Bringing it to the devs' attention now

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    Click Here ^^^^^ To watch the video on YouTube.

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    The transition between the "Mix" and "Main" menus is wonderful. I also show you that in the video above. Also, because the app is now in its 1.1.1 state, 3.0 firmware features have been added! It might only be a small change, but if you find a problem you can now email support without having to leave the app

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    The loops sound incredible, the menus looks swish and professional, it's an all-well rounded app.

    And finally, the scores:

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  2. studangerous

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    v1.1.1 out fyi
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    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    Great minds, etc. Just updated the version #

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    BigDaveyJ New Member

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    Thanks for the awesome review!

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    Thanks for the awesome app.

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    No problem, I can tell by the 0 replies besides Stu, you, and me, that it isn't a hit.
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    SumDaii Active Member

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    It's actually pretty good!

    btw, abcmsaj, thanks for the avvy, AND i love this thing:

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    :3 :3 :3
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    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    That's courtesy of Manic Nimrod

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    He's a very good slave to me.
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    Should I report that? Oh noes, your a mod too

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  10. Manic Nimrod

    Manic Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    Slave huh?

    Hmm.

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