Parents' Guide to


By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Creative song-mixing app geared toward older teens.

App iPad Music
Shapemix Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

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

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: August 12, 2011
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Shapemix Music LLC
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate