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Cove: The musical journal

By Humane Engineering

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Create music to help express complex feelings. Cove is a personal musical journal to help you with your emotional and mental health.

• Create different musical moods and create music with over 30 different instruments
• Just tap and swipe. With simple controls there’s no way to do it wrong!
• Build a song using base chords, melody and percussion
• Store your Cove in a personal journal. A private space to write some thoughts about your feelings where you can add notes, images or tags.

We believe Cove has a role to play in improving emotional and mental health by encouraging self-expression.

Cove can be used any time, but may be most useful when you find it difficult to express yourself through other means, such as talking or writing. You can use Cove whenever you feel like it, there is no right or wrong way! You can make music by yourself, or share what you make with others.

“It's hard to express and understand our emotions sometimes, this app helps out a lot.”
– Taylrbrwr

“Love this app. It's so easy to use and so easy to create songs that reflect how I feel.”
– Jjsantan

“This app is just great. I've just been so anxious lately, over so many different things.”
– AKarst525

“Really enjoyed the ease with which I can capture an emotion I am feeling at the moment.“

“The loops you make and save really can be an emotional outlet.”
– Mashable

“Cove is a journaling app that upends what you’d expect from a journaling app.”

“It’s a brilliant idea that removes the awkwardness and struggles that can come with trying to put difficult emotions into words.”
– It’s Nice That

“For people who struggle with anxiety or just find it hard to even determine their own moods, melodies can prove a useful tool of expression.”
– The Next Web

Cove is currently being tested in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and has been created in collaboration with specialists and clinicians. Cove was developed with young people in mind, but adults may find it equally useful to express and capture a mood or emotion.

Cove primarily uses music instead of words to express a feeling or mood, and so it may be helpful in conjunction with talking therapies and counselling. Cove is not a substitute for professional therapy, and not suitable for those experiencing severe distress or suicidal thoughts.

We made Cove because we want everyone to be able to express how they feel. We really love all the various ways people are using Cove. If you’ve enjoyed it too, please leave a review and tell us what you think.

What's New in Version 2.0.1

We’ve got a fresh new version of Cove for you! We’ve added a whole load of new features (and fixed some bugs!)

• A brand new user interface! When selecting a mood, you can now scroll to discover the right sound. With our new menu system, it’s easier to build a song and save it to your journal.
• More instruments and sounds! We’ve added more instruments to the melody and percussion layer so you can create more diverse music. Create soothing soundscapes to relax, or vent your feelings with an angry tune.
• New saving experience! You can now add images, and even add your location.
• New journal! We’ve re-designed the journal from the ground-up, to be more usable and more personalised. You can see your photos, notes and tags in a beautiful journal page. Let us know what you think!

• Each instrument has its own name now, so you can tell the difference between them.
• You can control the volume of each layer separately, including the mood layer.
• Stones in the melody layer now play a sound, even if it immediately follows another.
• We’ve added some support pages, so if you are struggling and want to speak to someone, we’ve made it a little bit easier.
• Cove now launches to the journal, so you are never too far away from your previous entries. You’re always just a tap away from creating something new!

• There was a bug that would crash the app for people using iOS 9 or earlier. We fixed this, thanks for everyone who helped us figure that out!\
• If you have any other problems, please contact us through the app

We love hearing how people use Cove, please take a moment to rate us in the app store.


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Customer Reviews

Really great, relaxing app

This is one of my favorite apps and I'm so glad I tried it out. It's really relaxing and fun and I really enjoy it! It's set up really simply and intuitively, and it's just an all around quality app. Would give it 6/5 stars if I could!

Cove: The musical journal
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Size: 91.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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