By Andrey Smetanin
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"Muza is pretty cool and looks stunning!
It's very easy to play and can help to come up with ideas and melodies you wouldn't arrive at if you sat down and started composing on a conventional keyboard."
"Muza is a gorgeously done midi controller with its own built in smooth sounds. Quality design and control is of the essence with this app - too many controllers have a boring look and clumsy feel. However, Muza changes all that and adds a vital factor- your intuition!"
"The UI of Muza is just Splendid! The highlight of Muza is its Harmony tool, a really great feature which allows you to set the chord's interval on the Harmony keyboard. A Killer App!"
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Muza is a beautiful and easy-to-use musical instrument and MIDI controller.
It works within a selected musical scale and features a unique harmonizing tool, user-friendly side keyboard and a pitch wheel.
You can use it as a stand-alone app, or as a MIDI controller for your music hardware or software.
If you want to use it with external hardware or a computer it easily hooks up via Core MIDI and you are ready to play music.
Customize look of the app, tweak scale and behavior, save presets.
Use Muza as inspiration for your masterpieces.
* Unique "Harmony" instrument to play chords (up to 8 notes)
* 2 octave Side keyboard "Stripe" with octave shifter that plays notes within a scale (up to 4 notes)
* 2 extra pads to load one-shot or looped samples (drones, ambience, drums etc)
* Pitch wheel
* 200+ samples
* MIDI Support. Each instrument can be set to one of 16 midi channels
* Virtual MIDI
* 26 musical scales including Pentatonic, Hexatonic and Octatonic scales (with MIK scale names)
* 3D design with 18 different color schemes
* Adjustable light to suit your mood
* 128 preset slots to save your sound set, scale and options
What's New in Version 1.1.1
Minor bug fixes.
* improved virtual MIDI
* stripe pitch bending (hold note and drag to the left)
* MIK scale names for Major and Minor
Earlier I wrote that this app had potential and looked great, but suffered from latency issues. I thought, and wrote, that perhaps it ran slow on my iPad 1. I got a quick response from the developer letting me know that their tests on iPad 1 were fine. So I shut my iPad down completely, and then rebooted. Voila! No latency. So it works fine, and is fun to play. I'm particularly enjoying using it as a MIDI controller for other apps.
A nice midi controller where the pitch wheel springs back to center like on an analogue synth. The buttons are nice and big so they're playable. Good combinations of arp buttons, chords, and individual notes plus being able to setup or change scales very easily.
Ok I guess?
The interface is unique but also cumbersome. It's three button pushes to select a new sound. the basic sounds are that of the most basic synth and kinda cheesy IMO. I don't find it creatively compelling enough to try and use it for actually making music.