Pro Chords - Instant Inspiration - w. WiFi MIDI
By Groundcontrol ApS
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Vince Clarke from Erasure tweets about ProChords: "Intend to make
liberal use of it, in all future compositions.”
ProChords is a unique iPhone application developed to write songs with
professional chord progressions, in an easy and intuitive way.
In the process of writing a song, ProChords offers an extensive
variety of options as to what chord could be played next, after the
sequence of chords you have already chosen during a writing process of
a new song.
These suggestions are based on pattern recognition, which literally scans
more than 12.000 successful songs to find similarities with the chord
progression you are working on.
This will undoubtedly inspire you to get fresh and interesting ideas – ideas you
wouldn’t otherwise have thought of.
It's made to inspire – not to do the songwriting for you. It merely
suggests a huge variety of options starting with the most common
ProChords has been downloaded by more that 70.000 musicians,
including many highly acclaimed professional songwriters, producers,
sessions musicians, music teachers and students – all of whom have been a
great source of inspiration for the continuous improvements.
Be Creative Everywhere
You don't have to sit by your instrument to work out new ideas for
tunes. You can literally work anywhere - with or without headphones.
And having it next to you when you are playing your instrument is an
endless source of inspiration, and will definitely help boost your creative
MIDI WiFi (ProChords to Mac or PC via rtpMIDI)
Virtual MIDI (ProChords to other Apps)
MIDI E-mail Export
It's highly recommended to watch the video tutorial, to get the full
benefit of ProChords.
What's New in Version 2.3
More fixes for IOS7
This app is a great idea poorly implemented. It's clunky and limited. As I see it there's no real reason for some of the obvious flaws and lack of features. I'm not a coder so I can't say how easy or hard it would be to implement these into the app. First no real menu to select between recording and construction making so you have to back of the program to the save screen to return to the recording screen. Another glaring lack of insight is you can't record the chords repeatedly because each time you play the chord it advances to the next chord. You have to add the same chord for each time you want to play it and it's a very time consuming process. My suggesting would be to have it record cords by hitting the keyboards and not just the advance arrow. Granted, it's just a notebook to test ideas and not a full feature recorder but those would make It far more useful.
Here's comes ChordPolyPad...
I love Pro Chords, and would have given it five stars back in the day. I will still no doubt use Pro Chords, but the excellent MIDI and audio implementation sported by ChordPolyPad should serve notice to GroundControl ApS: Houston, you have a problem. Your features were fabulous a few years ago, but Pro Chords finally has some serious competition, something neither Chordbot nor Chordion nor any other compositional iOS app I own previously provided. Since I've enjoyed Pro Chords, I'm hoping its developer will stop resting on laurels. For my needs, it I could only pick one iOS app...
Chord Voicings Too Limited
This app does not allow many of the chord voicings I like to use. For example, the Maj 13th chord has only the root, M7, M9, P11, and M13, allowed. But for most applications I use M3 instead of P11 for this chord, but sometimes want both. It is also omitting the P5, which I sometimes want. It lets one choose the bass note freely and that mitigates some of the other issues. I agree with some of the other reviewers that more chord types need to be offered. I have found some inspiration in the app, so that is why I give it three stars.