Misa Digital | KITARA | PlayAnyWay

PlayAnyWay
Background Research
Alain Frapolli | Simon Müller
Interaction Design | FS 2011
ZHdK, University of the Arts Zurich
Mentors: Karmen Franinovic | Daniel Hug | Jürgen Späth
Introduction
Based on our concept we set our focus on mobile applications which are used to
make music. We found out that most apps can be assigned in two main categories,
instruments and beat machines.
• Instrument apps work basically like a classic instrument. You can make music by
combining single tones in a rhythmic order.
• Beat machine apps are used tho create and refine a beat.
• In the third category “Other” we collected innovative tools and software related to
our project.
In this qualitative research we analyze 13 existing products by a series of criteria to gain
important knowledge related to our project.
Criteria
Description
Overview
A short description of the project.
Interaction
What interaction and gestures are used?
Visuals
What influences do the visuals have?
What kind of visual feedback is used?
Sound
Does it work with real or synthetic sounds?
Are they adjustable?
To what kind of music genre do the sounds match?
Accessibility
How well it is accessible (1-3 experts, 3-6 advanced users, 6-10
beginners)
Engaging over time
How well it is engaging over time? (0-10)
Participating
How well it suits to participate to other music? (0-10)
Composing
How well it suits to compose and refine the sound? (0-10)
Pros
What are the most positive aspects?
Cons
What are the most negative aspects?
User feedback
What feedback did other users gave?
References
References and related links for more information.
Instruments
Criteria
SoundPrism
Criteria
MorphWiz
Overview
Perform live music on a harmonic tone grid.
Overview
Interaction
Play one, two or three tones with one touch.
Most success with trying simple patterns and move it around
MorphWiz is a alternative instrument based on a keyboard. It let you
adjust all kind of sound and visual settings.
Interaction
Visuals
Grid based on the pitch in different colors.
Highlights when touching.
Tap and slide on the keyboard to make sounds.
Horizontal line to change to tone.
Vertical line to adjust the sound.
Visuals
Same tones in different octaves have always the same colours.
Three ways to display the touchpoint: ring, particle and fire.
Sound
Sounds are very ethereal and alternative.
Many presets, about 50!
Accessibility
6/10
Beginners can make very easily sound with the instruments, but the
settings menu is far to complex.
For experts very interesting because it has a lot customization
possiblities.
Engaging over time
7/10
It has a lot of potential when you once get used to it.
Participating
7/10
It has a few presets which suits surprisingly well to Music from
Santana and Seeed.
Composing
4/10
The possibility to choose a key tone and almost every existing and
even a custom tone scale, gives a big value, if you like to compose or
just play on a specific base.
Pros
• Very flexible
• Many presets
• Choosing between many tone scales (major, minor, lonian, dorian,
etc.) on every ground tone
• Recording function
Cons
• Bad visual feedback while playing
• The sounds are in general only faintly compatible with regular music.
• Settings are too complex for beginners
User feedback
Total 63 Bewertungen ****
Sound
Four instruments but they doesn’t work well to play along other
music.
No possibility to manipulate the sound.
Accessibility
6/10.
It is very easy for a beginner because you can’t do anything wrong
while playing tones.
But at the same time it is hard for musical beginners to be creative
on the very abstract tone-grid.
Engaging over time
4/10
Just if you are very into music otherwise it gets boring fast.
Participating
Composing
Pros
Cons
User feedback
3/10
The app on the iPhone mutes the music in the background so it is
impossible to jam along on your headphones. In addition the few
instruments aren’t very compatible to usual Pop or Rock music.
4/10
For beginners, composing complex music based on more than three
tones is very hard. But after a lot of practice, and for experts, it can
be a valuable addition to the overall package.
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Easy to play harmonic notes
Very nice visuals
Visual feedback while playing
Easy possibility to record a session and send it with e-mail
• No sound manipulation
• Just four instruments
• Gets boring fast
der fisch: much fun to play! *****
very great app. one of the best I have. it makes much fun to play
with it. you can modify the scales, and you have the possibiliy to
use different vibratos per tone, if you can play that ;-) one idea for an
update: user editable graphics
Total 138 Ratings ***+
Tuneproll: Na ja... **
Mangels Sequencer ist bei diesem App. nicht wirklich viel zu holen...
Julian Vogels: Sehr gelungene Spielerei *****
Die SoundPrism App hält, was sie verspricht: Musik machen ohne
Vorkenntnisse. Sie ist toll designt, man versteht schnell, wofür
welche Buttons stehen (und ansonsten gibts auch gute VideoTutorials auf audanika.com). Es macht wirklich Spass sich Melodien
zu überlegen. Auch dass es die Basstasten gibt ist super.
Ich hätte mir noch ein paar mehr Sounds gewünscht, und in Zukunft,
für die Weiterentwicklung der App auch Effekte wie einen Low-CutFilter, einen Flanger oder Phaser oder ähnliches. Dann könnte man
die App sogar als Gimmick für das DJing einsetzen.
References
App Store
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundprism/id386833491
SoundPrism & Other Tools
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS7QI6-uDXY
Basz T: Fauler Zauber **
Wenn das eine FreeApp wär, könnt ich schreiben «gar nicht schlecht»
- im Preissegment weit über 5€ erwarte ich allerdings mehr als ein
Spielzeug. Nett: Die meisten gewünschten Parameter sind editierbar;
bekloppt: Man muss, um an diese ranzukommen, erst durch mehrere
Untermenüs, da wünsch ich mir doch musikalisch intuitiveren Zugriff.
Noch blöder: Latenz von weit über 50 ms (auf dem 3g sogar über
100)! Musikalisch ist anders, rhythmisches Spielen Utopie, die
Engine längst nicht geräteoptimiert.
References
Official Site
http://www.morphwiz.com/
AppStore
http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/morphwiz/id377345348?mt=8
MorphWiz and SoundPrism Jam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gIjG36wy_M&NR=1
Instruments
Criteria
Ethereal Dialpad (Android)
Criteria
Jam Session
Overview
Slide over screen to create ethereal sounds while background flashes
in different colors according to the finger position.
Overview
Jam Session lets you play a virtual Guitar on the Nintendo DS.
Interaction
Interaction
Slide single or multiple fingers over screen to create a sound
No gestures implemented
Strike the single string to play a tone, whilst simultaneously holding
down the D-Pad in 1 of 8 directions. By holding the shoulder button
you can access a second set of chords.
Visuals
Background flashes in different colors depending on finger positions
Toggle grid visible or invisible
Visuals
Sound
Ethereal sounds; never harsh, always smooth
Very limited range of different sounds
The visuals are very stripped down. A simple cord, plus an
exchangable background image. No BG animations whatsoever. The
cord can be toggled to vibrate when struck, plus the cord color is
also adjustable.
Accessibility
10/10
This app requires no special skills, simply touch the screen and slide
your fingers around
Sound
The sound of the chord is clear and comes a fairly close to what
a classic guitar sounds like. There many effects options to tweak
the chord sound, including delay, flanger, tremolo and distortion.
Moreover, you can create your own chord palette.
Engaging over time
2/10
Short due to limited range of sounds and interaction; Pick up every
now and then
Accessibility
Participating
2/10. Possible to play with others, but very limited range of
expression
5/10. The controls require some time to get used. Especially the
simultaneous pressing of the D-Pad and the striking of the chord.
Can be played by left- or right-handed people.
You can also toggle a metronom at anytime.
Engaging over time
Composing
0/10
Everything is done on-the-fly
Pros
• Easy to play harmonic sounds
• Visual feedback of finger position
Cons
• Very basic visuals
• Gets boring fast
• Sound set is very limited
6/10. Once the controls are mastered, playing can be real fun,
especially when performing live in front of other people or together
with others, classic instrument players as well as Jam Session
players.
Being able to record your own songs is also a plus. Additionally,
you can sing along or use the microphone on the DS to pipe your
vocals through the system itself, but you can’t record vocals onto the
system; only the notes you play.
Participating
User feedback
will: Really a neat pocket app to create music truly anywhere. If your
an ambient music lover, this is for u. *****
Billy: I wish there were instrumental sounds. ****
8/10. Once the controls are mastered Jam Session offers advanced
players a great way
Composing
5/10. No option to edit recorded songs. Simple playback, not even an
option to fast-forward.
Pros
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Fairly authentic sound
Allows to customize the chord sound in many ways
Great tool when on the way
Record your own songs
Cons
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Requires some time to get used to D-Pad controls
Very basic visuals
Own songs impossible to download or share
No visual record / history of played notes
User feedback
GT users
i have this game...its cool to play with but extremely hard to learn to
play!!!
References
Android Market
http://www.android-hk.com/applications/ethereal-dialpad-synthesizer/
Feedback:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/ethereal-dialpad-%28synthesizer%29/
as.adamsmith.etherealdialpad
From the interview: Josh Grubb from the band “Vietnam”. His Live
concert experience using JS as his guitar. It’s nice to have something
right there, put my headphones on and start experimenting
It sounded great through the amp. The strumming part was not
too different. It’s pocket-size and ready at all times. It’s definitely
convenient when you don’t have space for a whole guitar
References
Gametrailers: Comments + Interview with Josh Grubb
www.gametrailers.com/video/concert-video-jam-sessions/20908
Screenshots
http://media.ds.ign.com/media/892/892095/imgs_1.html
Instruments
Category conclusion
Accessibility
Composing
One of the major improvements from instrument apps as opposed to traditional
instruments, is that playable tones can be limited to those of a harmonic scale, e.g.
in SoundPrism and MorphWiz. This is particularly interesting for beginners. The
aforementioned apps, incl. Jam Session, allow for further customization for more
advanced players.
For a beginner using an instrument app, composing is not likely to be a priority. The
pleasure comes from creating a melodic tune by experimenting, rather than having to
focus on any technical elements, such as chord progressions, key and time signature
etc.
This principle applies for SoundPrism, MorphWiz and Ethereal Dialpad. The grid system
in combination the basic interaction of simply sliding your finger over this grid matrix
enables beginners to create harmonic sounds instantly.
Jam Session uses an abstract interface of a traditional guitar. The chords are hereby
mapped to Nintendo DS’ D-Pad, thus alleviating lower-intermediate player the access to
the experience one has playing a real guitar.
Concerning accessibility, the key principle of all reviewed applications in this field is a
simplified interface and interaction model.
Engaging over time
Immediate auditive feedback when playing is rewarding and encourages players to
further experiment. Apps like the Ethereal Dialpad or SoundPrism offer an intuitive
interaction model.
The less coordination is needed, e.g. multiple simultaneous inputs or fine motor skills,
the more likely it is that somebody who’s inexperienced will continue.
We’ve also noticed, apps with sounds that have a less distinct synthetic timbre are
more likely to be accepted by a broader audience.
Many user comments suggest that many apps provide a too limited range of different
sounds, thus restricting one’s musical expression.
Participating
When one is to participate or jam with other people, an instrument needs to provide a
range of sounds, that blend in with other instruments as well, whether they are digital
or traditional instruments, in order to create a harmonic vibe. As mentioned before, we
noticed that many of the pre-defined sounds and effects are too artificial to blend in with
other instruments.
Furthermore, it is vital to be able to quickly adapt to what the others are playing, without
having to click through a myriad of menus. Jam Session is suited very well for this
purpose due to its clear interaction concept.
Except for the Ethereal Dialpad, all other instrument apps enable you to record a tune.
All tested apps however, offer only very limited replay functions, that enable you to
review your recorded tracks. Jam Session shows on the upper screen of the DS exactly
which chords were pressed, in real-time. This is an interesting feature, especially for
intermediate players. The player however, does not get a chronological overview, e.g. in
form of a note chart.
Beat Machines
Criteria
Easy Beats LE
Criteria
RD3
Overview
Easy Beats has basic elements of an MPC which are usually used to
create electronic drum beats in professional music production.
Overview
It combines a drum machine with different drum kits and a 303-style
synthesizer.
Interaction
Taping on the 4x4 Pads to create 16 different drum sounds.
You can record up to 4 bars with each 16 time steps.
Best when looping a bar and refine a beat until it sounds good.
Interaction
Multitouch control over all parameters
Visuals
Decent overview of all components. Yellow color is used to
distinguish the active elements from the inactive ones in gray.
Visuals
Highlights pads in blue when touching.
The recorded pattern is also highlighted.
Second view shows all tracks and time steps.
Sound
High quality digital sounds. Many options to change dozens of
parameters know from similar drum machines.
Creation and playback (single, sequential, random) of four different
baseline and beat patterns.
Sound
The drum sounds are basic but functional. There is no possibility to
adjust them.
Accessibility
Accessibility
7/10
It is very easy for beginners to play around and make nice beats after
a few minutes.
7/10
Fairly easy to understand, for beginner as well as experts. All
available elements are visible, no scrolling is required on any of
screen.
Engaging over time
5/10
The MPC elements let you create many different beats, doesn’t
matter if you are beginner or expert. The free version has some
constraints, for example you can not save your favourite beats.
7/10
RD3 offers an accessible interface and a high range of possible
sound combinations. The beat grid support makes it easy for
beginners to create a melodic beat.
Participating
4/10
In principle it’s possible to work together on a song, for this however,
an Android device with a larger screen is recommended, e.g. Galaxy
Tab. One can also export/import a song.
Composing
7/10
Composing is easy and fun due to RD3’s good visual and auditive
feedback.
Pro
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Contra
• No option to import custom sounds/effects
• No sound feedback without letting the loop run
User feedback
Mark: Androids not for making music yet, but this is pretty cool. ****
Kevin: Played with it for 5 minutes, going to buy the pro version right
now! ****
Pascal: Tons of possibilities,easy to understand works on Galaxy Pad.
****
References
Reviews
http://www.appbrain.com/app/rd3-demo-groovebox/com.mikrosonic.
Engaging over time
Participating
Composing
5/10
Because of the fixed beat speed it is only possible to participate
when you turn the recording function off. You can add to your music
another drum beat, but it is hard to keep a rhythm over a long time.
8/10
With the possibility to refine the beat you can compose complex and
very interesting results.
Pros
• Good but little too long tutorial video
• Good highlighting
Cons
• Just very basic sounds
• No sound manipulation
User feedback
Total 10331 Ratings ****+
Bluestonestudio: Beats *****
This app is awesome, and easy to use well put together, I›ve used
the $2000 mpc and this isn›t far off!
Beef Strÿkker: Awesome app! *****
Great for recording and composing basic beat ideas. It can even be
used in your car with an aux input. I›m a drummer and I love it!
References
Official Site
http://www.hopefullyuseful.com/
High quality sounds
Export created song
Cut/Copy/Paste a pattern
All elements are visible
RD3Demo
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mikrosonic.RD3
Background
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_TB-303
Beat Machines
Criteria
Beatwave
Criteria
ZooZbeat Lite
Overview
Beatwave follows the monome and the basic step sequencer
principle. You have a grid with 16x18 which is always looped. By
tapping a field, it makes a sound when the timeline passes by.
Overview
With ZooZbeat you can create your own music track in one of the
predefined genres. A song can contain up to four sequences which
were always looped.
Interaction
You can tap and slide on the grid to active tones on the specific
place.
Interaction
Visuals
Selected positions are highlighted. When the timeline passes on
them by colorful waves are emitting.
Sound
Drum sounds are placed at the bottom, melodics in the middle
and higher part. The sounds offers a bright variety. Up to four
simultaneous grid layers can be used.
Based on the music genre you can add notes of every instrument by
shaking the device. The harder the shake, the higher the note. You
can also tap the sequence bar to add a note at the current position.
When you rotate the phone to landscape you get a more accurate
view of the sequence.
Visuals
The visuals serve the purpose but aren’t special. The sequence bar
could be bigger with more understandable icons in the portrait view.
Sound
The sounds are good but don’t offer any variation.
Accessibility
6/10
It seems first a little complex, but after a few minutes it is clear how
to use ZooZbeat. Non musical experts can very fast create their own
tracks. Whether every input was purposeful or happened at random.
At least it sounds mostly good.
Engaging over time
4/10
Once you made a track in every genre it does not motivate a lot to
use it again.
Participating
1/10
The application offers no possibility to play the instruments not in the
sequence loop. This makes it practicaly impossible to participate to
other music.
Composing
7/10
The first step allows you to make the basic pattern off the reel and
refine it afterwards in the landscape view.
Pros
• Appropriate use of the shake gesture
• Many different genres
Cons
• The shake detection is not very precise
• You need to hold the phone tight so it won’t drop
User feedback
Total 16749 Ratings ***
Accessability
10/10
With Beatwave everybody can draw something and get a nice audio
and visual feedback. For intermediate users it offers also many
settings to adjust.
Engaging over time
6/10
The fundamental concept and the settings of tone, sound, tempo
and mixing gives enough range to explore for many hours.
Participating
1/10
Participating is due the constant tempo barely possible.
Composing
8/10
You can spend a lot of time composing a very nice and harmonic
rhythm but the limited length of 16 steps is very restricting.
Pros
• Due the basic principle very accessible
• Nice and suitable visuals
• Many settings
Cons
• No possibility to play tones without the hole timeline
• Very small fields on the iPhone and iPod
User feedback
Total 11693 Ratings ***+
Patton303: Fun toy ****
It›s a very basic step sequencer set up on a 16th note grid that plays
back simple melodic tones.I actually use it to show my drumming
students how step sequencing works.Great for beginners with no
musical experience.Pro›s should look elsewhere.
Rock153: Good *****
An App I can finally make my own melody and instrumentals with,
not just rearrange stuff. With it›s export via wifi, it›s a steal for $.99.
It is very confusing at first, and is hard to get used to.
Agent_Bravo : Great *****
I just wish I could do a whole songs worth instead of 4 1 track layers,
I love it tho very veritile.
References
AppStore
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beatwave/id363718254?mt=8
VietNamWar: I love this app ****
Really nice but pls update make more rhym and sound
References
AppStore
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoozbeat-lite/id295436861?mt=8
Beat Machines
Category conclusion
The four beat machines we have tested are in average very accessible. This results by
the very simple basic principle of the step-sequencer which is understandable in a few
seconds when you see it.
When using the application Beatwave you don’t even need to know how it works, you
can just paint something on the grid and listen to the feedback. That painting is actually
a effective method to bring music to everybody. Who can’t paint? Another reason for the
easy use is the constraining grid. The tones you make are always in a certain rhythm. It
sounds more or less always great.
But the constraints in time and tones don’t just have pros. The sequence of 16 to
maximum 64 steps is always looped and maybe after a while you feel not motivated
anymore or that you have tried almost every possible combination.
This looping of the same sequences in a specified tempo makes it impossible to
participate to other music. EasyBeats is the only of our tested tools which allows you to
play a single tone without the whole timeline. So you can at least add a custom beat to
your music in the background. Unfortunately the sounds are pretty basic and they feel
synthetic in a negative way.
Composing of a sequence is achieved by looping the same part over and over. With an
appropriate view you can control and refine every part of your track. This makes it very
easy to spend a lot of time with it. Too bad that the sequence is limited to maximum 64
steps.
All applications except for ZooZBeat are controlled with simple taps on a specific
position on the grid. ZooZBeat takes advantage of the accelerator sensors to detect a
shake in different force levels. This is a interesting approach but is in the end not very
satisfying.
One thing we missed in these applications is a step sequencer which you can use
with your own samples. There is for sure at least one available, but these professional
samplers are mostly too complex for beginners.
References:
Step-Sequencer
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequenzer_(Musik)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_sequencer
Other
Criteria
TapTap Revenge 4
Criteria
Singing Fingers
Overview
The TapTap Revenge series is definitely one of the longest running
and most downloaded music gaming apps. The principle is like Guitar
Hero, you play along predefined tracks of known artists by tapping in
the right rhythm and on a abstracted tone range on the screen.
There are always three rails and depending on the chosen difficulty
more or less icons are approaching which you need to tap when they
are at the end of the screen.
Overview
Singing Fingers offers a creative way to combine tones with sketches
and replay them.
Interaction
Make a tone, noise, sing etc. while drawing a line, dots etc at the
same time.
Strike or touch the parts of the lines to you’d like to listen.
Visuals
«See music» and «hear colors». The pitch of the sound is translated
into a color, while the loudness of the sound determines the size.
Sound
Record anything. No predefined sounds. User creates every sounds
via microphone.
Accessibility
9/10
Beginner
Very easy and intuitive. Accessible for every age (/ culture / religion).
No complex buttons, menus, or rules.
Make your own instrument. Sound is visible.
Engaging over time
3/10
A fundamental purpose is missing, thus making SingingFingers just a
fun toy to play around.
Participating
7/10
Recording sounds and experimenting is fun
Composing
2/10
Composing is rather challenging for SingingFinger users, since it first
requires to record a set of different sounds, plus creating a layout
that allows triggering these sounds easily.
Pros
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Very easy to play & accessible
Interesting visual feedback of finger position & loudness
Endless sound space
Ability to Save “paintings”
High Exploration factor
Cons
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Canvas can get convoluted/crowded
Not designed to be played in a Live performance/session
No Eraser-function -> Paint over or reset canvas
Microphone input always needed
User feedback
Total 240 Ratings **+
Interaction
Tap the approaching icons according to music on the three rails.
Visuals
Visual feedback when tapping on the defined zone. Some bands and
artists have their on visual style. When you succeed over a defined
quantity the visuals can get in some kind of bonus round mode.
Sound
The only sound is provided by the artists.
Accessibility
9/10
When you find your way through the overloaded menu in the play
screen, then it is clear what to do.
Engaging over time
7/10
If you like the basic principle it is very engaging. There are many
popular artists and songs which you can buy additionaly.
Participating
9/10
It works pretty well to participate to music with tapping in the right
rhythm. But those who like to make their own sounds or want to add
something new to a song should look elsewhere.
Composing
0/10
Not possible.
Pros
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Cons
• The approaching icons seams in the harder levels a bit accidental
• Overloaded menus
User feedback
Total 181 Ratings ***
Very engaging principle
Many popular artists and songs
Five difficulties
Sophisticated point system
schlimmmmmmmmmm: Einfach krassssss *****
Dieses App. Ist toollll hat bei einem neuen Level eine neue Musik
und ist alles gratis.....
References
dawweber: Fun! Anyone can have it! *****
Why wouldn›t you want this app?! It›s fun.
Official Site
http://tapulous.com/
Xinixr: Creativelicious *****
What a creative, fun and clever app. Perhaps the most original way of
funneling musical, visual and physical creativity into a single activity
that I›ve seen. I›d give 6 stars if I could.
AppStore
http://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/tap-tap-revenge-4/id405373266?mt=8
References
Official Site
http://singingfingers.com/
Other
Criteria
Wii Music
Criteria
Misa Digital Guitar Kitara
Overview
Wii Music gives beginners a chance to experiment music making
without prior knowledge.
Overview
Interaction
The 60+ instruments boil down to four different control schemes.
Following the pre-programmed songs leads to decent results.
Coming across as casual, improvising however, is a disaster, due to
the lack of control over the notes you play.
MDG is an electric guitar in shape, with a digital interface, namely an
8” touch screen.
Basically a MIDI controller, with a guitar-like interface, and an onboard polyphonic synthesizer with effects.
Interaction
The Kitara’s neck has 24 frets, like a tradition guitar. Instead of
strings, each fret contains 6 buttons. On the touch screen below,
strumming is done by touching one or multiple digital strings. Effects
can also mapped to the touch screen’s x- and y-axis and controlled by
tapping or sliding on the screen.
Visuals
The touch screen features a bright palette of neon colors, visually
illustrating you fingers’ current position. The instrument it has a shiny
black futuristic plastic look.
Sound
The predefined batch of sounds and effects are in high quality and
editable. New sounds can be loaded onto the system via USB.
Accessibility
5/10
Entry difficulty: Advanced - Expert
This instrument is designed for a more experienced audience
that knows how to play a traditional guitar. Aimed for professional
guitarists, studio musicians, DJs, electronic, ambient or traditional
musicians.
However, the Kitara in its form is as big a traditional guitar, hence
nothing to stash away in your pocket.
Engaging over time
5/10
The open-source software allows users to pre-program and
customize their own sounds.
Assign different sounds to different strings.
If it becomes popular enough, new apps and tools might appear,
some that could even help beginners to play.
Participating
7/10
Experienced players are offered a interesting new tool to experiment
with, especially for Electro bands like Daft Punk.
Composing
5/10
Composing with this multitouch guitar is nearly as challenging as as
with a real guitar.
Pros
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Cons
• Requires prior musical knowledge & guitar playing skills
• Expensive (US $850) and very hard to get
• Bulky, not for on-the-way
User feedback
Youtube comments
situlo: its cool and the technology in it is amazing but people might
forget the art of playing a real guitar.
Visuals
Sound
(Your avatar plus the background players or your friends avatar when
jamming together.)
Note chart can be toggled on as a visual aid.
The presentation is clean and understandable, and is similar to Wii
Sports.
Wii Music is limited to melodic expression.
Horrible MIDI approximations
Mostly outdated pop or folk songs, with a few classic game tunes
Accessability
7/10
Entry difficulty: Beginner
Mainly very young children and parents.
Being marketed for “people who want to play music instantly, but
don’t want to practice a lot”, Wii Music requires a lot of dedication to
achieve satisfactory results due to limited, imprecise and unintuitive
controls.
Engaging over time
4/10
While playing along to the note chart can engage players of a short
period of time, improvising will likely not last longer than a few tries,
even with the ability to share your own compositions.
Participating
1/10
Jamming together by ear leads to a chaotic, frustrating experience.
Composing
4/10
It is possible to record and share your session videos via Wii
network.
Pros
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Playing along to a song is quite good
Following on-screen musical cues can be fun for kids
Offers a limited form of musical expression
Clean presentation
Cons
• Horrible sound quality
• Imprecise, unintuitive controls
• Freestyle mode is a failed attempt
User feedback
Bman54: Gametrailers gave this way too high of score. This game
looks like CRAP!
SSBFan12: This game was terrible.
(This would be fun after a few beers on Saint Patrick›s day.)
(This blows more than a hooker on speed.)
IGN Reviewer: Our condolences to the two and a half million people
who buy this game.
References
Gametrailers Review
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/review-wii-music/42242
http://wii.ign.com/articles/921/921024p1.html
Broad range of high quality and customizable sounds
No more finger pain
Open source software running on a Linux kernel
Usable with MIDI devices
Low latency touch screen
Aesthetically impressive
VORELURK97: Personally i wouldnt use one (as a serious musician)
but i think its a really cool invention and a product of the future and
some examples of its new technology.
References
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2eiP12hQQY
http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=gallery&lang=en
http://www.facebook.com/misadigital
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2011/01/15/the-misa-kitaradigital-guitar-an-open-platform-for-synthesis/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Zad5_eWVA&feature=related
Other
Criteria
SonoSketch
Category conclusion
Overview
This desktop application has another scope than most of the tested
tools, but it has a very interesting approach.
SonoSketch helps you search through your sound effects collection
by sketching the characteristics of the sound.
Of course there are other ways to make sound and music more accessible to beginners,
than with mobile instrument apps or beat machine apps. But most of the important
findings can be gained from those two categories.
Interaction
You can paint a dot on a timeline and change the length and curve of
its tail. On this basis it searches a matching sound file. By playing the
timeline you hear every drawn sound file.
Visuals
The sound is represented by a blue dot with a tail in a small basic
window.
Sound
Due this is a search mechanism it has no own sounds.
Accessability
9/10
The draw function is very intuitive thereby very accessible for
everybody.
Engaging over time
6/10
It depends on the success with your own sound collection.
Participating
0/10
Participating is fairly impossible with this tool.
Composing
0/10
Composing something in this small timeline would be very hard.
Pros
• New way to explore sound effect collections
• Very accessible
Cons
• Needs alway a good sound effect collection
• No alternative search
User feedback
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References
Project Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEkxflCH220&feature=play
er_embedded#
Explanation
http://www.accessive-tools.com/sonosketch/
Website
http://h3e.eu/
In this category are just a few approaches worth to mention.
The music game TapTap Revenge gives with great success a participating feeling with
just tapping in the rhythm of a song, but does not allow any creativity. It rather focuses
to bring rhythm closer to its audience.
SingingFingers is more or less the opposite. You can experiment with sounds through
drawing, but it has no substantiated purpose that could convenience you to use it for a
longer period of time.
Wii Music is an attempt to do a myriad of things for an inexperienced audience, boiled
down to simplified controls schemes. This concept to introduce the target audience,
low-level beginners, is great. The realisation however, is too dumbed down, boarding
to wiggle waggle randomness at times. This furthermore proves to be inadequate,
when one is to participate together with others. As we found out earlier, a qualitative
audio output is an important factor to most users to further explore a music making
application, regardless of what kind it is.
The multitouch guitar Kitara gives a different feeling of playing a guitar, but provides
no big innovation to make a traditional guitar more accessible for our project’s target
audience. You need a similar skill level and practice as with a real guitar.
The comprehensive idea of SonoSketch could be interesting for sound manipulation,
since more professional sound editing tools use abstract and difficult methods.
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