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.
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.
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!
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!
Very useful. Awesome.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.