Gadgets We Like: GoChords Makes Writing Songs Easy With Its Web-Based Tool & App

GoChords was founded on the belief that you shouldn’t need to be able to read music in order to write it. This free tool, available as both a web-program and an app (for the iPhone, iPad, and Android) makes it easy for musicians of any level to compose music for whatever instrument they choose. All you need to know how to do is “drag-and-drop” chord symbols on top of the lyrics you’ve typed in. GoChords is stocked with a huge library of chord shapes, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you have the option of creating custom chord shapes.

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Gadgets We LIke: TuneTug Gives Party Guests DJ Power

Have you ever found yourself at a party, wishing you could jump in and play DJ? TuneTug, available as a free mobile app on iOS as well as through a mobile web browser, gives partygoers the opportunity to contribute to the party’s playlist.

Once you connect to the party (either through the mobile app or through tunetug.com on your phone), you’ll see a list of the songs lined up to be played, with up and down arrows next to each song. If you’re really into a song on the list and want it to go toward the top of the playlist, you just “tug” on the ‘up’ arrow, and if you see a song you’d rather not hear anytime soon (if at all), the ‘down’ arrow is your friend.

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Gadgets We Like: MadPad App Creates Music From A Coffee Shop

Smule, the creators of social music apps like Magic Piano and Glee Karaoke have developed an app that lets you create a whole song from your bicycle, a can of soda, a book, or any other object or sound. MadPad, compatible on the iPhone ($0.99), iPad ($2.99), and iPod can turn any sight or sound into an instrument.

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Gadgets We Like: SuperGlued Keeps You In The Know About Local Concerts

SuperGlued will make your your life a lot easier when it comes to finding and attending live concerts. The local calendar will keep you aware of upcoming shows in your area, complete with a list of the artists performing, the venue address, the attendee list, and other relevant info. If you see something you like you can purchase the tickets through your phone.

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Gadgets We Like: Voice Band App Lets You Make Music Using Just Your Voice

The Voice Band app from WaveMachine Labs lets you create songs complete with varying instruments, while using only your voice. Sound pretty cool? It is. You can use your voice to record up to 10 different instruments (guitars, bass, sax, synths, drums, and mic) separately with the app’s built-in recorder. All you need to do is select the instrument you’re recording, and then sing into the app’s recorder, thereby setting the pitch and beat for that instrument.

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Gadgets We Like: Retro Boombox Music Player App

Are you someone who is upset that the carry-a-boombox-with-you-no-matter-where-you-go craze isn’t as common as it once was? Well The Retro Boombox Music Player for iPad is bringing that back, and their classic design is light enough to increase the number of places to which you can carry your boombox.

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Gadgets We Like: Song Writer App Captures Musical Inspiration, Whenever/Wherever

One of the most important things about songwriting is being able to capture any and all ideas that you have. Timing shouldn’t be a fork in the creative process. With this in mind, brothers Daniel and David Harrison, artists themselves, worked with Apptology Inc to create the Song Writer App for the iPhone.

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Gadgets We Like: Kristin Hersh's Album "Crooked" Released As iPhone & iPad App

Who said an album release has to be in the form of an album? Kristin Hersh, solo artist as well as lead singer and guitarist for Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, combined artistic mediums for a rather unique release of her album Crooked. The album was released as a book and download on the Harper Collins imprint “The Friday Project,” as a CD through independent retailers only, digitally, and as an application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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