The WI Guitar app is available for both the iPhone and iPad and it is sold as the first virtual acoustic guitar app that is truly playable and it comes with a startling array of cool features that should excite anyone who loves playing guitars. The target audience for this app is mainly going to be songwriters and artists but its use as a professional recording instrument may interest a slightly wider group of users.
You will be able to play a large range of unique chords and combine them with the action buttons to allow you to build a huge array of musical compositions. With an unbelievably realistic sound the WI Guitar app reacts just like a real guitar when strumming or plucking the strings so the harder you hit the strings the louder their response.
When it comes to usability this app screams specialist the second you open it. The screen is essentially made up of guitar strings to the right and a selection of chords and action buttons to the left. Other than this there are no tutorials, no explanations, and little information on the use of the app. Obviously for musicians and songwriters this is unlikely to pose an issue as they understand chords and the general use of a guitar.
We did enjoy this app immensely and, as guitar enthusiasts, appreciated the ultra realism. Indeed, if you are ready to jam and find yourself without a guitar, this app could certainly work as a replacement to liven up a party or hook it up to loudspeakers for a serious session. Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.
Value for money
This is a difficult app to rate in terms of value for money due to the range of user it is aimed at. On the one hand the price would seem far too high for any users who just want to use the app as a toy, although there is a free version of this app and thus you can have your fun without the cost of the full version. On the other hand the amazing realism of this virtual guitar and the huge popularity it will have amongst those users who want to use it as a composing tool will make it worth every cent.
WI Guitar iPhone and iPad app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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