Apple today released Music Memos, an app for the iPhone and iPad which can help musicians record their work and edit it. The apps functionality lies in between the company’s older simple recording app, Voice Memos, and the full on power driven music analyzing and editing software, GarageBand.
Right off the bat, you will observe that the app has a very simple and easy to use interface. It presents you with a big blue record button at the center of the screen. You will not be able to find any settings menus or any other options in the app. The only other accessible portions are present at the top. The top right icon will take you to ‘Ideas’, recordings you have stored on the device, and the center icon will help you tune your instrument which, to be honest, works just fine.
The app doesn’t even require you to press the record button at all. You can preset it to Auto mode which will start recording as soon as you start playing an instrument or simply making any noise. This is quite a handy feature too.
When the app is recording the sounds, the whole interface turns red and the button at the center of the screen starts pulsating. Also, you’ll be able to see the waveform of your sounds being displayed at the bottom. Once you’re done recording, it automatically splits everything into measures and attempts to figure out what chords you were playing. You can do this manually, too if you aren’t satisfied with the results. The app also allows you to take notes about the music you were playing.
Another useful feature is the ability to add backing drums or bass which the app can do automatically. It doesn’t allow you to superimpose tracks, though.
You can store these recordings and organize them by quality, time, title or any other important parameter that you like. From there on, the tracks can be directly shared on SoundCloud, YouTube or even Apple Music’s Connect, if you’re registered.
The new app is available for free on the App Store and it combines the easy to use interface of Voice Memos with the musical touch of GarageBand.