Soundy Thingie

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Great concept in an app bound to annoy most parents.

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It's very easy to create a noisy cacophonous din, but much more challenging to create something that's appealing to listen to.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Soundy Thingie allows users to create and customize different sounds by simply drawing lines with their fingers. How and where you draw the line -- placement on the screen, angle or curve of the line, and even the speed with which you make the line are all factors -- determine the pitch and frequency. Skilled users could use the app to put together a real tune, but most kids will probably just enjoy making noises. Parents should make sure they know what they're getting into before downloading this app.

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Is it any good?

The idea -- and the technology -- behind SOUNDY THINGIE is pretty amazing. There are so many ways to customize the sounds you create, all by simply drawing lines with your finger. However, without musical skill and knowledge, you're unlikely to be able to create anything akin to a tune. Most kids will simply enjoy creating a blipping, bleeping cacophony.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: August 2, 2010
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Hansi Raber
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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