Music/Recording App: MadPad
Rating: 4 out 5 stars
Tired of just Autotuning your mornings? Now you can remix your life, thanks to Smule’s MadPad. We tested the Smule app on the iPad 2, but it’s available for both the iPad and iPhone. With the app you can make music from anything. Recording your samples are as simple as pointing your iPad or iPhone at yourself, music instrument, water faucet, or whatever other sounds you may want to capture with your recording.
If you’ve been wanting to dabble in music production or get into “looping,” the app provides an inexpensive and fun way to do that. Looping audio/video tracks has been a popular pastime for musicians, but it’s been difficult to loop tracks without a bank of samplers and other gear. MadPad puts a miniature video and sound studio in the palm of your hand.
Portable Digital Sampling
The MadPad is easy to use. The recording interface is simple and straightforward. Once you’ve recorded all your samples in one of the 12 locations (recordings can be long or short), you’re returned to the main screen. Hit the menu button and then click on the looping icon. You can then play your samples just like a sampler, pressing the pad to trigger the sound/video you want. Before you know it, a song has come together. The app would make a Reggie Watts looper fan crazy since it has so much creative potential.
To make “beats,” start with a bass line, then add other sounds and effects. Or take a lesson from the master:
Musician Reggie Watts makes beats using just his voice; he lays down a track and then layers it over another sound. His self-styled method has made him a regular musical guest on Conan O’Brian’s show.
MadPad also lets you import sounds, in addition to recording them from scratch. There’s a library of more than 50 sounds…including guitars, pianos and new sounds uploaded by the MadPad community daily.
Making Sound Waves
Once you’ve created the next pop hit, you can save and then share your creation. Like the rest of the interface, sharing is as easy as a one-button click. You can tweet it out, post it, or e-mail it. You do, however, have to have the MadPad on your device to view a video you’ve been sent. Still, it’s the closest you can get to a cheap portable sampler without making your own music apps.
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