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Medly

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Create, remix, share with powerful music-production tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can start to develop digital music production skills by adding instruments, loops, and sound effects one by one. They can experiment with combining different effects and changing different elements of their song to change its overall effect. Kids can also explore different built-in templates and effects to understand how different instruments and effects can impact a song's mood and emotional effect. 

Ease of Play

There are a spectacular number of features here, which can feel overwhelming at first. The built-in handbook is a huge help for budding musicians and experienced composers alike. 

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The app comes with 16 instruments and 100 loops built in, and users can add more through in-app purchases. Monthly and annual memberships are available with more content added each month. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Medly is a digital music production app that lets users compose, remix, and share their own music. The app is free to download and comes with 16 instruments and 100 loops, and users can record live audio and export their creations as sound files or upload them directly to SoundCloud. Buying a paid monthly or annual membership lets users access more instruments, more loops, and features for uploading music, and users can also purchase add-on “packs” with new instrument sounds and loops. The app isn’t intended for users under 13, and people can use the app on their devices without creating an account or sharing any personal information. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MEDLY is a music production app that lets users sing and compose their own music using 16 built-in instrument sounds, 100 built-in loops, and a wealth of samples and sound effect features. A built-in handbook includes screenshots and instructions that walk through how to get started and how to make the most of all of the features, and users can easily tap and swipe to experiment and learn on their own. Musical creations can be saved locally on your device or you can choose to share them by exporting them as a video, an audio file, or directly to the digital music site SoundCloud.

Is it any good?

The more you tap and swipe, the more stellar features you’ll find for creating, remixing, and sharing music. The starting tutorial and the website’s help section are great, and once you’re familiar with the features, it’s remarkably easy to pick instruments, add notes, and create your own songs. There’s a lot to like about the free version of Medly: You get 16 instruments and more than 100 loops, and you can choose to keep your music on your device, export it, or share it. It’s especially appealing that you don’t have to share your creations, but you can do so flexibly if you want to. Buying a subscription may not be necessary, especially for younger kids; instead, encourage kids to explore all of the built-in loops and instruments before you spring for a spendy membership or extra sound packs. Overall, this is a great tool for empowering kids to play and experiment with music-making.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different instruments and effects can affect the mood of a piece of music you create with Medly -- and with music in general. What sort of mood do you want to create with your music? How might you use the app to create that mood?

  • Users can share their recordings with other people via SoundCloud or by posting videos to other platforms. What privacy concerns might arise from you sharing your creations?

  • Listen to one of your favorite songs and talk about what you hear: name each instrument or sound, identify when it comes in, and explain how it affects the song. Consider how you might use a tool like Medly to produce a similar song. How would you get started? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: music
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99 per month for monthly membership, $34.99 for an annual membership. In-app purchases from $2.99-$9.99 each)
  • Release date: June 19, 2019
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 230.50 MB
  • Publisher: Medly Labs Inc.
  • Version: 5.3.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: July 15, 2019

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