Creative song-mixing app geared toward older teens.

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Ease of play

Using your fingertips, you'll drag the circles around the screen to create a unique mix.

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The game has optional in-app purchases from the Shapemix Music Marketplace, which includes additional songs to download from various artists (most of which aren't mainstream acts).

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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Registration is optional and open only to users 18 and older. Users must register to upload a mix to the Shapemix community; they can also share creations via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Shapemix is a music app in which users mix the various parts of each song to create a unique mix. The app includes a collection of songs -- most them instrumental -- and users can buy additional song as in-app purchases. There is also an associated online service that is open only to users 18 and up. Shapemix is iPad-only; an iPhone version called Shapemix Mobile is also available.

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Why merely listen to music on your iPad when you can remix and share it? Such is the case with SHAPEMIX, a new spin on mixing music that lets you create original tracks by dragging shapes on the screen using your fingertips. For example, in "Rise of the Machines" -– one of the 100 tracks included in this $5 download -- you'll see eight colored circles, each one representing a different instrument (e.g. bass, drums, strings, etc.) or sound effect. Drag the shapes up or down to increase or decrease volume and left or right to hear more in your left or right ear, respectively. If you double-tap a circle you'll open up effects to tweak per track, such as reverb, delay, flanger, and low pass. Plus, you can also view your song by time (color-coded horizontal tracks) opposed to the mix (shapes) view. Before you record your creation, which you'll mix in real time, you'll also be able to add loops, alter the duration of the song, and adjust the beats per minute (BPM). Want to mute the vocals? Extend the guitar solo? It’s all up to you.

Most of the music is dance-related, so if you're not a fan of this kind of music this app isn't for you. On that note, because all the melodies and beats have been preprogrammed, you need not have any musical knowledge or talent whatsoever –- and will likely be impressed with the outcome. When you're done with the mix, you can name it, save it to your tablet, or share it via or social media. Music lovers who'd like to try their hand at mixing tracks will no doubt enjoy playing around with this fun app.

App details

Release date:August 12, 2011
Size:19.90 MB
Publisher:Shapemix Music LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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