Jun 19, 2013
App Awareness: Musyc Puts Musical Creativity In Your Hands

Get ready to be extremely distracted, because Fingerlab, the same group that brought you the Apple Design Award-winning drum machine app, DM1, is back with something more beautiful: Musyc. Musyc is an app that turns your touch into music using stunning visual representations of sounds. With just your fingers, you can create shapes and patterns on a boundless soundscape. Download the app for free in the app store to see for yourself.

The first thing you should do when you download Musyc is make sure you go through the entire demo–it’s really easy to miss some of the subtle functionality of the app, but that’s what makes it so cool. For example, if you scroll through the shapes, you’ll find a sequencer. Implementing a sequencer is pretty tricky, but the demo makes it easy to understand. Then, you can create a rhythm or drum beat, depending on what sound texture you decide to apply to it. Add some shapes, let them bounce around off of lines, and pat yourself on the back. If you’re not amazed at the physical accuracy of the graphics, you’ll be amazed at the sound you’ve just created.

The best part of this app is its integration and accessibility. Once you’ve created your sound, you can duplicate it to create different versions, lock in all changes, record it, and upload it to Dropbox, SoundCloud, iTunes, and Mail, or AudioCopy it, which allows you to use this sample in a bunch of other music apps.

Fingerlab is a Paris-based development lab that focuses on user interaction and design. In addition to DM1 and Musyc, they also developed iMotion HD, Albert, Multiponk, and Rockmate. Within minutes of using Musyc, you’ll see much they care about the user experience.

Musyc is currently optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPad, but stay tuned for updates, as they will include optimization for the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch.

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