Touch-screen beat creation moves up a level with bip for iPhone
Any new music creation app that appears on iOS finds itself instantly compared to the likes of Propellerhead Software’s superb Figure, and normally this isn’t a very fair fight. However, in the case of bip it would be unwise to hedge your bets too soon into any comparison. bip is incredibly complicated and wonderfully simple in the same interface; it’s quite an experience. Much like the aforementioned Figure, bip is built around the concept of touch-screen interaction and manipulation in order to allow users to create their beats. There are what feels like an endless array of gauges, levels, sounds and characteristics that can be tweaked in order to make your music sound unique. These layers exist for those users that want to use bip to create their own music from scratch, but there is general level enjoyment that even the novice ‘producer’ can get from simply playing around with the app.
The grid interface breaks each track down into sections, and then each section as up to nine parts in a layer below, and each one of these can be tweaked as the user sees fit. For the more casual ear, this means taking advantage of the multi-touch gestures and simply experimenting. This is, after all, an entertainment app and accessibility is a key aspect of bip. There is boundless potential for this app to be used by artists to create and mix their music within it, but its ability to still remain accessible to casual users is arguably one of bip’s most compelling features.
A simple and intuitive interface belies a surprising amount of layers and creative power.
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