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App Wrap: "Guitar! By Smule," "Musyc"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Guitar! by Smule

Smule has become a name synonymous with high-quality social music-playing apps, and its latest, Guitar! by Smule is no exception.

It's a guitar hero-type experience, only Smule-style, where the notes float over the pickups. The long lines mean your strum, while the dots mean you pluck or tap. If you want to challenge yourself, the harder levels also make you use your other hand to hit the correct color per phrase.

What's interesting about this one is that there are popular songs for you to buy with money earned by playing well. The lyrics to those songs are sung by some of the top singers chosen from Smule's Sing Karaoke App.

Guitar! by Smule is a free app for just iOS devices.


Musyc is one of those apps that blends art with making music.

It's a pretty simple concept. You choose shapes, drop them onto the screen, and depending on the shape, where you put it and how big you make it, it plays a sound. You also draw lines, which the shapes can bounce on or swing from. Once you get enough shapes on the screen, take your hands off, sit back and listen.

Slide the bar up top to determine what types of instruments the shapes will be, from percussion to digital, video game-y sounds. If you start to get really good and really want to tinker, there's a modulator to adjust each shape's sound, as well as an equalizer.

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