If you're a musician looking for a cheap way to create wacked-out rhythm samples--or just an audio nut who wants a new toy on your iPhone--check out the new JR Hexatone Pro app for iPhone. Created by Amidio, the company behind the wicked-fun and surprisingly powerful StarGuitar app I tried earlier this year, Hexatone was coproduced with Jordan Rudess, who plays keyboards for prog-metal giants Dream Theater.
Like StarGuitar, it comes with a bunch of built-in samples, but it also lets you import your own. The trippy honeycomb pattern is basically a six-dimensional controller, letting you manipulate up to six different repeating audio components (oscillators), and it comes with a bunch of effects like stutter and distortion. But like most audio gear, the best way to learn how to use it is by playing around with it. Finished product can be exported back to your computer via the built-in Wi-Fi server, where you can tweak it further in your digital audio workstation of choice.
If that's not enough to get you to shell out $9.99, check out Rudell's demonstration of the app in the video below:
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