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Beat Maker Go! - Make Music & Beats With Drum Pad

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ads and learning curve out of sync with cool features.

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Though there are a lot of cool features that budding musicians will love, there's also a steep learning curve and lots of ads. If you don't already know some of the terms used in Beat Maker Go! - Make Music & Beats With Drum Pad (like "noiser" and "tremolo"), this app won't teach you much about what they mean. Even the FX screen doesn't give you a whole lot of guidance about what it means to adjust the speed, depth, and level of the sounds, and it's not even clear which sounds or buttons on the pad you're adjusting. Plus, the in-app ads are extremely distracting: Banner ads run across the top of the screen, and it's distracting to get interrupted by pop-up ads promoting other music apps from the same developer. In general, if you're already experimenting with programming a digital drum pad, this could be a cool tool to experiment with. If you're just starting out, keep looking for a better tool to help beginners build up their skills.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: improvising and music analysis, music, playing, rhythm
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, innovation, making new creations, producing new content
  • Pricing structure: Free ($1.99 for ad-free version)
  • Release date: January 9, 2017
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Publisher: Gismart
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 14, 2019

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