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Review – TonePad

tonepadTonePad is a free app for those musicians who sometimes like to just doodle about on a guitar or synth, not composing anything in particular, but making pleasant sounding music. You get a grid of dots, each one representing a note and the app goes from left to right, sounding out the ones that you’ve highlighted. It’s like a drum machine but with a pleasant sounding synth sound.

It’s fairly limited because you can’t change the synth or range of notes, but the ability to turn notes on and off on the fly gives you plenty of scope to make soothing tunes.

Perfect for doodling around late at night, or on a tranquil mountaintop. Apparently the pro version lets you save ringtones and share ‘songs’, but I don’t care about that personally. If it offered more instruments or perhaps let you layer different tracks, then I wouldn’t hesitate to slap down a pound or two.

Overall, a good little music app for making your own mellow melodies.

Movie Blocks 1.1 submitted!

A new update to Movie Blocks has been submitted to the app store and is awaiting approval by Apple. Should be available for free in about a week’s time from now.

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What’s new in the update:

  • EASY, NORMAL, HARD and SUPER-HARD modes. These adjust the targets you are expected to reach. You still get the same points regardless of the mode, but advancing to the next levels is harder or easier, depending on your choice.
  • Repetition of movies is reduced considerably. Once a movie appears in a round, it will not appear again for many rounds, ensuring you don’t see the same movies all the time.
  • Options panel giving in-game control over sound, as well as viewing the Help and About screens.
  • When the amount of locked blocks is equal to the target number, the round is over. Previously you had to manually choose random blocks to force the round to finish when you knew there was no way out.
  • Graphical tweaks

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