Feeds
70%
SoundBrush iOS app icon

SoundBrush

Paint me a tune

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

iOS App of the Week After happily tapping away with Figure just recently, I decided to try and find some other simple apps that might be fun for musically challenged people like me. SoundBrush is well named, as its clever interface allows you to doodle with sound in the same way that you would sketch with a simple painting app.

SoundBrush iOS app screenshot

Tap and swipe to jam

Designed specifically for the iPad, the app’s workspace consists of a blank screen that acts as your musical ‘canvas’. A single row of icons allows you to select four different instruments – piano, flute, strings and synth – each of which is denoted by a different colour. You then ‘play’ those instruments simply by painting strokes of each colour onto the screen with your finger.

You can raise or lower each note by moving your finger up and down, while horizontal strokes extend the duration of the note. Each sound/stroke is played automatically as you paint it onto the screen, and then remains in place so that you can continue to paint/play other sounds and build up a more complex melody.

SoundBrush iOS app screenshot

Simple doodles are converted to sounds

It’s a clever way of making the musical tools accessible, and kids will love it as they can draw something like a smiley face and then ‘play’ it to see how it sounds. You can delete any sound with a quick double-tap, or just hit the Clear button to wipe the screen and start all over again.

It’s fun to just pass the time by making random doodles, but if you want a bit more control then you can activate a grid that displays individual notes and scales and allows you to tap out tunes with more precision.

SoundBrush iOS app screenshot

See what notes are played

My only complaint is that, like Figure, SoundBrush lacks an option that would allow you to save and export your musical masterpieces. That omission is a little harder to forgive with SoundBrush as the app costs £1.49, whereas Figure is a mere 69p.

However, the developers of SoundBrush promise that Save and Export will be added in a 1.1 update that is coming soon. ®

SoundBrush iOS app screenshot

Settings are basic

We make our selection of the best iPhone, iPod and iPad downloads every Thursday. It you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More iOS App of the Week Winners

SkyDrive SnapGuide CloudOn Figure PowerCam

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

70%
SoundBrush iOS app icon

SoundBrush

A fun way of creating musical doodles that will particularly appeal to kids.
Price: £1.49 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.