Appcompanist

Appcompanist

Appcompanist

By Appcompanist, LLC

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2017-10-17
  • Current Version: 1.7.7
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 207.56 MB
  • Developer: Appcompanist, LLC
  • Compatibility: iOS 9.3+
Score: 4.54
4.54
From 83 Ratings

Description

Appcompanist gives classical and musical theater singers and voice teachers full control over the world’s best accompaniment recordings, including tempo, key, melody, fermata and more. Appcompanist puts a level of control in your hand never before possible with recorded accompaniments. Transpose to any key; set any tempo; blend a melody guide track in and out in various octaves as piece plays; create additional rubato, fermatas of any length, ritardandos and accelerandos; set markers and create cuts and loop sections, all using simple on-screen motions that can be done with one hand while teaching or singing, and all without affecting musical quality. Appcompanist also includes over 450 Vocal Exercises and Warm-ups as part of the free version, all with full app functionality. Repeating exercises also let you choose direction (up, down, or repeat the same key) prior to each repeat. 10 full-length sample songs are also included so you can explore all of the app’s features. Top-level collaborative pianists from around the world are recording note perfect, singer-sensitive accompaniments for every aria, art song, and musical theater piece in the vocal repertoire for use in Appcompanist. Thousands of titles are already available in the fastest growing accompaniment library available. Features: Transpose instantly up or down 11 half-steps from the originally recorded key. Turn a melody guide track on or off any time during play, adjust the level of melody you hear against the full accompaniment, and choose to hear melody in one of three octaves. Hold and sustain the accompaniment, then bring it back in with perfect accuracy for musical pauses, cadenzas, recitatives, or other times in which a fermata is indicated. The fermata can also be used to start the piece when you're ready. Check next melody pitch when stopped and start in perfect sync with the accompaniment every time. Adjust tempo during play to suit any interpretation or set a new tempo with the tempo slider. Add markers, create cuts, and set loop sections. Filter and sort the library by genre, composer, language, voice type, greater work, title, and more to find the perfect piece. Create and edit playlists and share songs and playlists with other users. Create Custom Versions that can be controlled just like the original accompaniment. All recordings are played by the some of the world’s top collaborative pianists and coaches. Subscription Details: Note: All prices shown are in US dollars. Prices in the app will reflect current exchange rates from US Dollars to your local currency. Musical Theater Titles Only US $9.99 per month / US $99.99 per year Classical Titles Only US $9.99 per month / US $99.99 per year Complete Collection of All Titles US $14.99 per month / US $149.99 per year • All of the above subscriptions come with a free trial for new subscribers: If you cancel for any reason within that period you will not be charged. If you continue, your paid subscription begins at the end of your free trial. Pick-Six Subscription US $3.99 per month Pick any 6 songs from the Complete Collection and access them as often as you like during your monthly term. You may change any or all of your selections at the beginning of each new monthly term. You can have a maximum of 6 selected songs during any monthly billing period. • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. • Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Terms of Use can be found at http://appcompanist.com/tos.html

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Reviews

Frustrated

1
I was relying on this app to help me make recordings this fall for young artist programs. Sadly, it ended up being more frustrating than helpful. The biggest issue I have with it is that many of the recordings of standard opera rep have unpredictable accelerando and rubato played in. I ended up spending hours trying to undo the erratic tempo changes in my pieces using the custom version tool, so that I could sing and record the pieces my way instead of the pianist’s. I also had trouble making my audition videos using the app because the custom version tool, although a really great idea, doesn’t allow for the fact that fermati and cadenzas are going to be slightly different each time you sing something. I know you can always override using the fermata tool, but I couldn’t do that while making a video of myself. This caused more frustration when I inevitably would sing something either a little longer or shorter than I had when I made the custom version, and couldn’t predict when the next downbeat would come. This app has so much potential to be such a fantastic resource- the tools are awesome, they just need to be executed better. Why not record the piano parts senza rubato or accelerando, even when written in the score, to then allow the singer to make the adjustments as they create their own version? That way we won’t have to undo someone else’s version of the piece. It would also be really helpful to have some kind of visual tool (more than the fermata lighting up and then turning off) so one can see how soon to expect the accompaniment to come back in after a fermata.
By rubystella12

A waste of your hard earned money

1
WARNING: Do not use these tracks for any auditions if you are home in quarantine, unless you want to set yourself up to fail. This applies for this recent season of Young Artist Programs. I have to say, I was optimistic when I heard there was an app that was a lexicon of timeless works in your pocket. During this pandemic of COVID-19, it is more imperative then ever to have a virtual pianist on the go. Unfortunately, I have given just about every rendition a try with one glaring problem..... The Musicianship. I don’t know about you, but paying a monthly subscription for recordings that lack any sense of musicality and let alone basic pulse is infuriating. Sure the “custom versions” feature is great for making a hack job quick rubato section or fermata, maybe tempo change here and there, but none of that matters when there isn’t a steady tempo to begin with. Some egregious cases of this exist in La Calunnia from Barber of Seville, and Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from The Magic Flute. These both are without a doubt the absolute worst renditions of these pieces I have ever heard. Both have horrible transitions, erratic, nonsensical tempo changes, and unnecessary additions to the accompaniment line. I truly am not over exaggerating here. I tried to give this app a chance a number of times, but the amateur quality of what you are paying for is hard to ignore. While pursuing my Masters, almost every rendition I have brought into a lesson or coaching has been met with bewilderment or even laughter at the poor quality of performance in recordings from my mentors. It’s that bad. Good luck trying to sing with any sense of musical collaboration whatsoever. Save your money and hire a pianist who will do the tracks just for you. Trust me. I am not one to waste my time writing reviews, but I need to do my fellow musicians a service.
By S.Z.F. Bass-Baritone

Best app for vocal teachers and singers!

5
I don’t usually write reviews but this app has been the game changer for my vocal studio. I no longer waste time worrying about accompanying my students. I can 100% focus on the students vocals. Recordings are beautiful with simple but powerful tools that still allow me to be in complete control of music editing. The digital library is huge and they keep adding to it all the time!
By BHuling

Amazing app

5
The best app for literally anyone dabbling in musical theatre. Whether if you’re a voice teacher, practicing your rep, or getting ready for an audition this app is right for you. Tons of songs and they keep adding more and more. I hope they add Forever Plaid!
By grumpydude300

It’s pretty good.

5
Very useful. Awesome.
By skjfdfghh

AMAZING APP! REMARKABLE! CUSTOMER SERVICE!

5
I can’t say enough good things about this app and it’s flexibility. It’s user-friendly, has a large collection of music and the ability to change tempos and keys is 2nd to none. When I had a special request, their customer service got back to me quickly and could not have been more helpful or supportive. I highly recommend this app to any singer. C. Stefany, Tappan, NY
By C. Stefany

Game changer

5
Appcompanist is truly a gift. My students have benefited so much from it and as their professor I am able to support them in real time by using this tool. In small colleges where their are not enough accompanists to be in every performance class, this tool has been a life saver. Thank you for creating it and offering it at such a reasonable price. I highly recommend this app to all professors and students. You will not regret your decision and your investment in yourself by subscribing to this amazing app!
By Joe.M.Hernandez

A great app, a responsive and helpful company.

5
The amount of repertoire available and the controls at hand to adapt for your style is as good as it can get absent a real life pianist. Even better, this was so helpful at the start of the Covid 19 crisis. I was able to make a recording of some lenten pieces to send to my church job, rather than going into the city and the church and risk being exposed or exposing others during this pandemic. I emailed the developers about my intended usage and they quickly responded with the green light. As an active performer and teacher, I feel the subscription price is worth it. Thank you AppCompanist.
By Singing in VA

Good but there’s one major flaw

2
I think this is an excellent app, but my one big complaint is that a lot of the recordings aren’t in tempo making them very difficult to practice with. It’s one thing if the singer is creating the rubato but when the accompanist is doing it it’s quite difficult to follow especially since in a lot of romantic pieces the accompaniment can be sparse making tempo impossible to predict. If these are meant to be used for practice, they should be strictly in time so the singer is able to count properly.
By Jamesjohnjo

Would like to see notation

3
My initial impression is that this is a useful app for warmups, but it would be nice if it displayed the warmup in notation along with the syllables.
By Acappella!

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