A musical instrument and a song writing tool, polychord is a fun way to explore music on your iPad. While bands have already discovered that polychord makes a great addition to any studio, it's also suited to those who have little or no experience making music. If you're a filmmaker or video game designer, now you can compose your own beautiful music. And it's a great way for kids to build song-writing confidence, even if they lack the dexterity and coordination of seasoned pros. And speaking of professionals: although polychord is easy to use, there are a ton of powerful features underneath the clean and simple UI.
Chords made easy
Polychord gives you instant access to a lot chords. By wrapping the different types of chords around each circle, we were able to fit a lot into a small space, while keeping them big enough to press easily. This gives you easy access to over 60 chords at any time!
Turn on Auto Accompany, press any chord, and the drums and bass will play along in tune --there's also an arpeggiator which dynamically plays the notes of the selected chord. Switch to a different chord and they'll follow you. Beginners can button-mash their way to a song, while more seasoned song-writing pros will find that polychord is a great way to break out of a rut.
Picking & Strumming
This is what truly sets polychord apart. Have you tried to play a piano keyboard on a small touchscreen? It's not ideal. Polychord's strum keys change automatically with the chords, so it doesn't have to make room for keys you don't need. They're incredibly fast and responsive, so you can slide up and down the keys with many fingers at one time.
4 proprietary synthesizers
warm & fat waves: sine,sawtooth,triangle,square
Cutoff filter with resonance
30 note polyphony for chords & strum keys
full ADSR envelope controls
bitshift mode for 8 bit chiptunes-style sounds
tremolo with speed & Depth control
sample accurate timing
Sharing & Recording
Total integration with SoundCloud network, including Facebook and Twitter extensions
Lightweight performance recording files let you record thousands of takes
See the keys light up when playing back a song
File manager for renaming,tagging and deleting songs
Save your palettes (entire state of the instrument)
Assign palettes to f-keys for fast switching during performances
Use polychord as a controller for Digital Audio Workstations like Ableton, Garageband, Logic & Pro Tools
Control other compatible apps on the same iPad using virtual MIDI ports (both Beta apps in the video below are now available):
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