How often do guitarists find themselves lost at sea with ideas bubbling in their heads but without an actual guitar around? My experience tells me, it happens too very often. I came across Guitarcraft in the middle of a similar crisis and I found my answer. Guitarcraft, with its song, riff and solo writing features, along with its high quality audio and easy to use interface allowed me to implicate my ideas fruitfully.
Guitarcraft App Review
Guitarcraft provides an array of features that the user might find particularly appealing. In addition to the 24 fret 6 strings virtual fretboard, its tablature HUD screen enables viewing and editing music as well as navigating freely between the notes. The recording mode allows the user to tap the rhythm of the riff or solo, facilitated with multi touch tap mode making them sound all the more realistic. The app also features palm muting for all notes on the guitar neck, both rough and smooth vibrato styles and a built-in metronome and tempo modifier that adds to its usability.
Strings can be picked in both up and down motion, much like an actual guitar, to create and maintain the feel of solos, chords and shredding both in the recording mode and playback. Chords with open strings, palm mutes, vibrato or bends can be played with ease and the fretboard can be resized for guitar riff and solos using notes all over the fretboard. The strings can be bended as much as the user desires.
Guitarcraft focuses primarily on audio latency and user interface responsiveness, to suit the needs of Android users. With features like High gain and low gain amplification, 6 reverb effects (Room, Hall, Arena, Cave, Abyss, Psycho) and four tuning patterns (Normal tuning, Half step down, Full step down, Drop-D), the app should suit the taste of many guitarists.
Using Guitarcraft is easy. To create a riff or solo the user must follow two steps. First, touch all the notes they want in their riff, including bends, vibratos, palm mutes, chords and so on. Then, they press the “Record” button (button with circle in middle on top of screen) and tap whenever the next note should be played / strummed until the end of the song. If they feel satisfied with the turn out they may save the riff or continue to experiment further. Moreover, if they want to save the current riff and keep experimenting, they can save it, clone it and continue in another file.
The app is said to have glitches when used on Samsung Galaxy Note, but the developers claim to have fixed the problem. Also, I feel the number of tuning patterns can be increased, since there are so many of them. By and large, the user-friendly approach and variety of features makes Guitarcraft a suitable app for the creative guitarists around the world.
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