Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has dived into the world of iPhone apps with his own sequencer, the JR Hexatone Pro. The press release is intent on jamming in as many adjectives and buzzwords as possible, and I just won’t deprive you the joy of interpreting jargon:
JR Hexatone Pro is a next-generation 6-directional loop generation tool that uses artificial intelligence and advanced randomization algorithms to produce constantly changing sonic structures. The app is capable of creating many type of drum loops, melodic sequences or rhythm patterns, thanks to its ability to load custom user samples and modify them in realtime. Users can also engage built-in Stutter or Chorus effects and control them with the iPhone’s accelerometer.
JR Hexatone Pro is a great addition to the modern musician’s rig. The application comes with a massive library of 400 original factory samples and 40 factory loop presets. After creating and recording the loops, users can export them to .WAV files (via the original ioLibrary technology) and use them on a desktop computer or directly in Intua Beatmaker.
The app is available now on iTunes for $9.99. Unfortunately there’s no trial version, but early user-submitted reviews are promising. The idea of using the accelerometer to control effects by physically moving the device is a pretty novel idea, though.
Let us know in the comments if you ponied up ten beans for this. If you’re in the market for a much more simplistic (read: something to dick around with when you’re stoned) artist-designed music generating app, Brian Eno’s Bloom is amazing and only $4.