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Steel Guitar

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version 1.1 now features the option to choose between two modes of slide playing, according to your preference

Twang, crunch, bend, slide, swell, whomp, clamp.

Meet the gorgeous sound of chrome-pressing-against-nickel: here, in all its sweaty glory, is the very first steel ever made for your iPhone and iPod Touch: Steel Guitar.

We call it "Steel Guitar" advisedly: it's comprised of the four instruments that defined a good deal of Rock, Blues and Country. In it, you can select among the Lap Steel, Eight-String Console or either of the traditional Nashville or Texas setups. You can use it as a plain slide guitar (turn on the six-string "Lap" mode, and turn off the accelerometer), or use the full ten-string monster along with configurable "pedals" (actually, the axes of the accelerometer). Slide, pick, dip device to bend. Wire up the volume pedal and swell. Have fun. Slide along with Webb Pierce, Elmo' James or Allman Bro' pick the style, we provide the sound. To boot, we opine that it's far easier to play than any other app-guitars out there. You be the judge.

Here are a few tips. By default, we set it to launch on the Nashville setting, so don't be daunted seeing ten strings on the screen. Also by default, we kept the accelerometer active: so hold your phone flat to hear the tuning: dip it away from you, towards or to the left or right to activate various "pedals" to bend certain strings. You can go straight to the "Accel" menu under settings to eye the hook-up, modify it or turn it off. It's up to you. To play your first I-IV lick, hit strings 3-4-5 (numbered from the thinnest string) on open and give a quick flick to the phone to the right and facing towards you.

Volume pedal is not active in the launch-default setting, to prevent confusion. If you cannot hear a sound in certain tunings or instruments, make sure that the phone isn't dipped to the left (with the pickup on your right), as that's where we wired all volume swells by default.

Made prolly (and if so, proudly) in a smokey old N'Orleans sin-house.


Slide guitar emulator with "pedal" bending and multiple instruments
4 instruments:
- Lap Steel (6-String)
- Eight-String
- Nashville (10-String with E9 tuning)
- Texas (10-String with C6 tuning)
4 different tones per instrument:
- Clean
- Tweed
- Tolex
- Brit
Two slide modes: normal and pro:
- Use "normal" mode to auto slide from note to note
- Use "pro" mode to manipulate the slide bar completely manually
"Handy-Pandy" fretboard scrolling: just hit and hold the button and slide the fretboard
Built-in common tunings and/or pedal-hookups for each instrument
User can alter the tuning of individual strings (while plucking to test)
Volume/pitch bend pedals hooked up with 4 axes of the iPhone/iPod Touch Accelerometer
User can alter factory copedent on easy-to-use matrix display
Adjustable accelerometer sensitivity
Accel on/off switch (useful if you don't want the pedals, and just want to play slide guitar)
Adjustable fret width, pickup height and string spacing
Volume swell feature (by default, hooked up to the left-dip of device in tunings where it's active; but user can assign to any direction)
Our very own retro-nut echo/reverb algorithm
Chorus/Vibrato effect
Master Volume
Compatible for iPod play along (launch iPod, select and play song, exit, launch Steel Guitar to accompany)

What's New in Version 1.2

-- Improvements to the audio processor subsystem
-- Increased UI responsiveness
-- Performance adjustments to the FX module

iPhone Screenshot

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Customer Reviews

Confusing (or counterintuitive) for an actual steel guitar player

can anyone tell me how to get a user's manual for this app? The app has potential, but did the developer work with anyone who actually plays the instrument? right now I'm stuck above the 12th fret because I used the scroll function. Also, though I can pluck rapidly thru multiple strings, it's difficult to play multiple strings simultaneously. finally, if the ("pedal") method of altering pitch is tilting the ipod, it looks like only 1 raise or lower can happen at once? if it could create intervals or triads with string raises and bar movement like the real instrument, not for creating real music, but just for a real player to work out the math of a given musical part, I'd pay decent money for it.

All in all, very good

I downloaded just to see if it was any good. As one that plays real steel guitars, I liked the various features that others may not think to add otherwise, it ran well, good quality sound, except for actually sliding the fret. Also would be good to actually have a way of recording, kind of like a sound recording session that we would do, goofing around til we found a good tune and worked from there. All in all, a very good, well-designed app.

Too Cool On the iPad!

I didn't think there would be a steel guitar app for the iPhone but I searched for the heck of it, and to my amazement there it was.
Pretty awesome app. But like most instrument apps, the iPhone is to smallish for any realism. So I loaded this on to my iPad and loved it. The size is perfect for 10 string. I can actually play songs on it. It would be to awesome if you guys made an iPad HD version. Thanks for making my day!

Steel Guitar
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 6.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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