Seline HD - Music Instrument

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Wonderful audio tool caters to sophisticated music-makers.

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Ease of Play

Musical notes are laid out like a computer keyboard, and played using all five fingers of both hands. It's pretty intuitive, but like any instrument takes practice to master. A piano keyboard along the top indicates which notes are being played and serves as a reference point for piano-trained players to relate to. The presentation is sophisticated, with no tutorial to ease the player into it. One succinct help file explains all there is to know.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seline HD isn't just another virtual piano -- it's an app that literally turns the iPad into a unique musical instrument. It's played by using all five fingers of both hands to tap notes that are arranged similar to a computer keyboard and can be customized with 25 popular musical scales and modes. There are 23 synthetic voices, and nine drone sounds. The app also functions as a rudimentary audio recorder that saves recorded music as WAV files in iTunes.

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Is it any good?

Anyone can play around in SELINE HD, but it takes practice to learn the intricacies of this sophisticated program. Previous musical experience -- such as knowledge of note names, scales, and modes, and an understanding of terms like "vibrato," "reverb," and "trill," -- is a plus as well. There are less intimidating and cheaper apps out there for younger kids who just want to make some noise (like Bebot, Magic Piano and Bloom HD), but enthusiasts will find Seline HD a wonderful and inspiring music-making tool.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $7.99
  • Release date: August 28, 2010
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Amidio Inc.
  • Version: 1.0

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