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.


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