ThumbJam is a powerful musical performance experience. You get over 40 high-quality real instruments multi-sampled exclusively for this app. Hundreds of included scales allow you to effortlessly play in any style from rock to classical, whether you are a musical novice or a seasoned professional.
Jordan Rudess, the world-renowned keyboardist for Dream Theater says:
"ThumbJam stands at the very top of the overcrowded music app world. The sounds included absolutely rival those found in pro instruments and making music on the app is a total joy. The only problem I have with this app is that I did not make it myself! Luckily, I'm able to work with the developer and offer a few good feature ideas as well as some choice sounds from my personal collection!"
Even if you've only played air guitar, ThumbJam lets you sound like a pro. Pick an instrument and jam -- with all the scales to choose from you'll never hit a wrong note. The high quality instrument samples will make you sound like you just skipped years of music lessons.
For the performing musician, this app is awesome for soloing on an instrument you didn't bring along. Play in any key, any style -- go from a string ensemble to a wailing guitar. ThumbJam was developed and tested by musicians to feel and sound like a real instrument. You'll be surprised at how expressive it can be, make sure to check out the videos and audio at thumbjam.com.
ThumbJam makes use of tilt and shake to add vibrato, tremolo, note bends, and volume swells for more realistic and expressive results. It supports up to five (eleven on iPad) simultaneous touches and up to 32 voice polyphony, for each of up to 8 loaded instruments! Delay and stereo reverb add depth to the sound, and a resonant lowpass filter gives you more tone shaping power. Put on your headphones or plug in to your home stereo to experience some of the highest quality instruments in the App Store.
Build your own loops from the ground up or import your favorites and jam from there. Layer as many loops as you want, with different instruments for each. Export your loops as audio files or Ardour DAW sessions via WiFi. Copy and paste audio from other apps using AudioCopy/Paste as well the general pasteboard, via email, AudioShare, iTunes Document Sharing, or open directly in another application. Supports Audiobus and Inter-App-Audio for streaming sound to/from other apps in real-time, including state save/restore with Audiobus2.
Extensive MIDI input and output support over WiFi or Bluetooth, with any CoreMidi compatible device, or other apps on the same iOS device with virtual MIDI. Now also supports Ableton Link for tight sync between apps on the same network.
New powerful arpeggiator feature lets you play patterns with perfect time sync, from the screen or via MIDI control.
The app includes a huge variety of scales, from western to eastern. Save your favorites for quick access, or create your own in-app. You can even import new scales in the Scala format for complete flexibility.
You can also record your own multi-sampled instruments using a built-in or attached microphone, or from file import.
+ Cello, Violin, Viola
+ Upright Bass (plucked and bowed)
+ Several drumkits
+ Electric Guitar
+ Electric Bass
+ Tenor Sax
+ Low Whistle
+ Acoustic Guitar
+ Hammered Dulcimer
+ Grand Piano
+ Drawbar Organ (2 types)
+ Pipe Organ
+ Synth Strings
+ Synth Choir
+ Sawtooth Waveform
+ Sine Waveform
+ Triangle Waveform
And from Jordan Rudess:
+ JR Zendrix
+ JR Smooth Steel
Many more for immediate FREE download in the app including several drumkits, Mellotron, basses, banjo, tabla, ukelele, guitars and more! New instruments posted regularly.
- Fixed issue with inter-app audio (IAA) instrument specific outputs when offline rendering (freeze) from DAW hosts
- Added mono/stereo sample recording option (when creating an instrument in the app)
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Ratings and Reviews
I've found this app to be both excellent and frustrating in equal measure. The sound samples are great, as realistic as many expensive sound stations or keyboards I've used. I do find the interface a bit confusing sometimes though. And also had a couple of issues exporting stuff but I think this was highlighted with a note by the developers when the new update hit (losing of data if not selected). Another thing I'd like to see addressed is the addition of a conventional keyboard layout as an option. 1 octave would be fine although it could be expanded via the "span" button to more. I'm a semi-pro musician and whilst I understand much about different scales and modes etc., I would kill the option to have a "proper keyboard" to use. Otherwise I find I'm constantly customising scales in order to remove any notes I don't want. And an easier to navigate UI would be good. Can't fault the sampling though and I have made some good sounding stuff with this so no HUGE complaints from me. Also, the recording through a mic facility where you hum or play another instrument is not entirely reliable. It seems to hit the correct notes (if you've picked the correct scale), but quite often even if there is no noise being generated and I'm in a quiet environment, there is a high note coming from which makes it fairly unusable. I've tried altering the three settings but doesn't really help. Good overall though.
Hats off to the developer
I make/perform music daily with extremely physically and cognitively disabled students and ThumbJam has enabled them to be fully involved in the process and to simply become musicians in their own rights. It is truly amazing to witness someone with PMLD play their iPad with their nose, chin or with the tiniest finger mouvement. This is made possible thanks to the clever design and high level of customisation of the app. Also, as others have mentioned before, the instruments samples are great sounding and imparting realism and expression in the playing is a slide or a shake of a finger away. I don’t know if the developer is aware of the immense impact his app is having in terms of enabling people with SEN/PMLD to express themselves musically... On my and their behalf, many, many thanks indeed.
Still one of the very best apps EVER
I've had this app for so many years - it's still one of the simplest to use yet still delivers unparalleled expressiveness and realism for ios acoustic instruments. A bona-fide classic, and an absolutely essential and fundamental purchase for those wanting to create music on ios: a near perfect music app IMHO. The only other app I ever felt similar about was Alchemy, which sadly no longer exists in its previous majestic form: Thumbjam, like Alchemy in the past, makes it sooooooo easy and instantly gratifying to create music with that it almost feels like cheating... That's such a rare achievement, and surely a sign of truly magnificent software... 'Kin brilliant. 🤘
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.