miniMusic releases the Pianofly for iPhone and iPod Touch 05/05/09
miniMusic has released Pianofly, a music synthesizer and piano keyboard for Apple's iPhone platform. They tell us that Pianofly includes never before seen features like a scrolling, multi-touch keyboard and that sound is generated by a powerful FM synthesizer with an elegant interface allowing anyone to create and edit instrument sounds easily. They say that you can make quick adjustments while performing, altering sounds on the fly. Here's the full details directly from miniMusic...
The first feature you notice in Pianofly is the keyboard. Other piano applications for the iPhone generally show just one octave of keys, then use tiny arrow buttons to shift up or down an octave. Hogwash. That's the kind of piano you'd use with a mouse! The keyboard in Pianofly moves with you, scrolling as you play; let your fingers fly up and down the full 88 key piano! This is how on-screen pianos always wanted to work, but didn't know how.
Then you notice the sounds. Eight pages full of customizable instrument icons. Just tap one and start playing. Want to design your own instrument timbre? Of course you do; double tap on an icon and the editor is revealed. You actually see the waves and adjust their lengths to set frequencies and change waveforms. Rewire the nodes for modulation. Double tap on a node and edit its ADSR envelope for smooth amplitude changes: give it a hard, fast attack or fade it in slowly, rising gently on the breeze. Don't forget to use any photo or image to make the perfect icon for your new instrument.
Pianofly can make a huge variety of sounds. You can play them alone, or jam with a song from your music library. A great way for DJs to add cool effects over their playlist or for students to practice. Come out of your musical cocoon; make music anywhere with Pianofly in your pocket.
Planned improvements include multi-track recording and additional wave types and effects like reverb or flange to design even more elaborate sounds. The sky is the limit for Pianofly (are you getting all of these puns?). ABOUT MINIMUSIC
Pianofly is the first iPhone product from miniMusic, which has been developing award winning, mobile music software for the Palm OS since 1999. Over the years miniMusic built an entire suite of music tools for the Palm platform including: notation and pattern sequencing, MIDI playback and mixing, sound design, MIDI control surfaces, wave sampling and editing, and educational titles for sight reading and ear training.
miniMusic is already working on several new titles building on the Pianofly foundation; their second product for iPhone will be available this summer, with several more titles by the end of the year. Lint Labs has also been launched as the non-music wing of miniMusic, currently offering an innovative drawing program for the iPhone called "No.2" (like a No.2 pencil... that's "HB pencil" in some countries). We used No.2 to draw some of the sound icons in Pianofly! Pricing and Availability:
Pianofly is available now from the App Store at an introductory price of only $1.99 USD. After the introductory period, the normal price will be $2.99 or higher as additional features are added.