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Two Cool New iPhone Tab Apps
This month, two exciting new iPhone/i Touch
apps were released, each providing their own
unique way of presenting tab.
From the makers of the popular Guitar Toolkit,
Tab Toolkit supports Guitar Pro and Power
Tab, as well as text and PDF with more limited
features. You can upload tab files directly from
your computer, or download them from the
web using a browser in the app.
Once downloaded, Guitar Pro and Power
Tab files scroll across the screen at a user-determined tempo with a fretboard graphic
showing finger positions at the bottom of
the display. An audio synthesizer plays the
corresponding sounds. The display adapts to
either portrait or landscape configurations.
Other features of Tab Toolkit include a metronome, tracks for guitar, bass or piano, and
a lefty mode. Text and PDF versions of tab
are viewable, but lack the scrolling and audio
capabilities of the other formats. The application is available on i Tunes for $9.99.
Jammit is a notation tool for guitar, drums and
bass that puts every track of a song at your
fingertips. Going beyond just a tab delivery
device, Jammit uses master recordings to
allow you to isolate the track you’re trying to
learn and either remove it from the mix or listen to it alone. This function of the app, which
uses graphical sliders to select the levels of
each part, gives the user a unique perspective
on each part, and can help you hear the notes
and tones in a way never before possible.
Once you select how you want to listen to
the accompanying track, you can set the tab
to scroll at whatever speed you’d like—
without distorting the audio—and even loop
parts that you’d like to try again. The application also features a record function so you
can record your part in with the master tracks
of the included songs.
Jammit is releasing multiple versions of
the app packed with three songs each for
$6.99 on i Tunes.
Welcome a Future Gearhead
Premier Guitar would like to wel-
come future gearhead Madelyn Elise
Ireland to the PG family. Weighing in
just under Les Paul heft at 8lbs, 4oz,
Madelyn features a short 21. 25" scale.