Soundboard for iPad
By Ambrosia Software, Inc.
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Soundboard for iPad provides a quick way to enhance your live events, podcasts, or broadcasts with sound clips, effects, or musical accompaniment. Bring your production studio with you on your iPad, just plug it in, and tap away for instant access to all of your audio assets!
Soundboard lets you create libraries of your favorite audio clips, all instantly available by tapping on your iPad's screen. Switch between banks of audio clips with ease, and organize, name, and color code them to your heart's content. You can import Soundboards from the Mac version of Soundboard, or choose any audio clips from your iTunes Library, and then tap away.
Soundboard was designed for live performances - the interface is intuitive at a glance, and in no time triggering your favorite sound effects will be automatic. You have control over each individual sound's volume, as well as master volume and ducking controls at your fingertips.
The iPad's portable form factor and intuitive touch-screen interface are a natural match for storing and trigging sounds from your library of audio clips.
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What's New in Version 1.0.1
-- Added a "single sound mode" for playing only one sound at a time
-- Implemented an import/export mechanism for sharing soundboards
-- Windows-compatible soundboard sharing mechanism
-- Retina support for the "new" iPad
-- Added the ability to duplicate a soundboard
-- Various optimizations for increased speed and ease of use
-- Numerous bug fixes and enhancements
Great, but needs a fix
I have a few programs from Ambrosia Software. They make really good stuff! So, when I saw Soundboard for iPad by Ambrosia I knew that it would fit the need I have for it. I am very pleased with this app. It works pretty good. It is easy to enter clips, edits easily, plays nicely, backs up simply. Use is intuitive. I have one problem with it however. For some unknown reason it shuffles the soundboards I have. (I have 11 pages/soundborads of clips.) So when this happens I simply hit edit and reorder them in the proper order but the next time I open the app they are out of order again! It is very strange. I need them to be in a certain order. So, I contacted support but after two attempts over the last two months I have heard nothing nor have I seen a fix for this come out. I'm kinda disappointed because in the past Ambrosia has had excellent service and I have gotten quick service.
If Ambrosia fixes this little problem I will update my review and give this App five stars!
I heard about this app on Leo Laporte's radio show. I announce air shows and I've been looking for this kind of a solution to easily build a playlist for an air show and play clips at a moment's notice. This seems to be the best solution I've found other than a hardware solution like 360 Systems' Instant Replay. That's over $3000, weighs a lot, costs $$ to ship to a show, and doesn't allow me to add clips or pages so easily. There are a number of acts in our business that will find this a great help to their performances. Even the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds would find Soundboard a good alternative to what they're now using!
I'll review again when I've used at an air show. Next one for me is MCAS Miramar in San Diego in mid-October. For now, 3 stars is all I'll give it but if it works like I hope, it'll get 4 1/2.
Another reviewer suggested a fade out of one clip when starting another. That would be good. So would a crossfade. I'd pay $100 bucks if Soundboard did that!
Good but could even be better
So far, so good. But please consider adding the following features:
1) Auto Cue
2) Swipe through the Sound Boards without first having to press the '' button in the bottom right corner
3) The (new) single sound mode should have the option to fade out the previous sound.
The third request is a must have option when you are talking over a (loop based) music bed that needs to end when you are finished talking and start the-end-of-the-music-bed (or any other) jingle.
Hope this can be included in the next update.