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Music iPad App Review #2: moxMatrix Groove Generator
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moxMatrix turns your iPad into a unique electronic musical instrument. It’s a new kind of sampling groovebox! Enjoy the vibrant intuitive interface and push your rhythmic and melodic musical ideas to the limit. It pulses under your touch and with your music. Create loops that include 10 distinct sampled voices and two drum tracks with 12 drum samples each. Use your own samples and create a truly unique beat. Simply drag them into the application when your iPad is connected to iTunes. Each track can be customized with a sample set, transposition, scale, and mix volume. Assign distinct scales to each track, from melodic minor to the whole tone scale to the blues scale. Store your loops in the pattern bank, capable of holding 32 separate patterns. Loops can be from one to sixteen measures long — that’s 256 beats! Use your own sounds or use any of the several dozen included. Engage JAM mode to improvise with all your tracks over a beat you’ve created. moxMatrix represents a convergence of beauty of design, ease of use, and the iPad’s revolutionary possibilities. It’s our hope that this instrument helps you explore new musical ideas and achieve creativity in unexpected ways.
Developer Website: http://moxmatrix.com
iTunes Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/
Application cost: $4.99 U.S.
MusTech.Net Quick Text Review:
moxMatrix is a great application for creating and generating Grooves and Drum Beat Patterns. One of the highlights of this applicaiton is the ability to import your own samples for use with the application (Find out how to do this here: http://moxmatrix.com/samplehelp.php). The included sound sets are very good and you will get a lot of mileage out of them. If you are looking for a program like this, your search may be over.
YouTube Video Review Embed:
Recommended for your iPad music tool arsenal? Yes, if you use generators like these.
(By the way, I only do reviews of applications that I feel are useful and interesting to educators).
Caveats: I would love to see some more documentation with this application.
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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