8Bitone is a Retro 8-bit Synthesizer + Sequencer for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
On first glance 8Bitone looks like any other keyboard app for the iPhone. Within about 5 – 10 minutes of playing with some of my many options and settings , your initial opinion will be shattered & overhauled. You’ll see how every dial at your disposal will change the sounds you can produce completely.
Like most musical apps for the iPhone, 8Bitone is not a professional music making suite, but it sure is fun. I’ve spent a shocking number of hours just tapping out rhythms and putting together little tunes.
I took it upon myself to truly find out how detailed you could actually make a tune with it. Turns out i made myself a ringtone using only 8Bitone and Quicktime to record & convert the file.This is 8Bitone’s main downfall, the lack of a multi-format record/export function. It’ll record your songs, and store your voice styles, sure, but if you want to send an 8Bit jingle you’ve written to a friend, there’s no export function. An .mp3 format would be fantastic and the most obvious choice, but a .midi option would be handy too.
I really like it, and consider it up there in the leagues of awesome iPhone musical apps, along side BeatMaker & euno. It may not be advanced as the others, but it does have amazing sound-tweaking options.
If you reminisce over your old games consoles soundtrack, be it Atari, Megadrive or Nes, you will love 8Bitone, even if it’s just to tap the keys and try to figure out how to play the Mario tunes we all know & love.
For all you people with desktop audio software you should check out YMCK’s Magical 8Bit Plug
8Bitone is also now available as the “lite” version (iTunes link) so you can download and try out before buying the full version.
… Synthesizer / Monophonic / 1 oscillator or LowBitNoise. / LFO / Envelope / HiSpeed Arpeggiator
… Sequencer Edi t/ With Truck manager on Sequencer screen, Composing is easy with Piano Roll format. In addition, Voice Change is equipped to produce different Voices in the song. 4 trucks are the maximum limit.
… Voice Edit / The nostalgic sounds can be created here by turing knobs and operating sliders on Synthesizer screen. In 8Bitone, a group of values which are set on the Synthesizer screen is called â€œVOICEâ€. Each one song can contains up to 128 Voices. In addition, playing with keyboard on the bottom of the screen can be enjoyable too. Move the wheel to control the Pitch.
… Edit Controller / Edit Controller on the screen right side will show 3 types of monitor. / Selection is operated by touching each of the monitor`s name.
… Transcontroller/ PLAY, STOP, COPY, PASTE, DELETE function for songs are performed in the Transcontroller. In 8Bitone, Transcontroller will be turned on with TCR button of the screen upper part.
Cost: $8.99 $0.99
Developer: Yudo Inc.
Posted on: 04/08/2009
Posted in: iPhone