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First Impressions of Seline HD

I've been playing with Seline HD for a few hours now, and I have to say that it is a joy to use.

Seline is a very expressive instrument app with some beautiful sounds to it and a very straightforward and easy to grasp interface.

There have been quite a few instrument apps for the iPad, some successful and some not. I would put Seline in the successful camp and for good reasons. In my opinion any good instrument app should have an interface that allows you to use it immediately but also gives you enough depth to get into the app and develop how you use it.

Seline is very playable and you can loose yourself in it quite easily, I know I did. The instruments in seline are of a very high quality, and all sound great with the interface. I'd hope to see Amidio add more over time. The drone function is great as it follows your melody on the fly. That was very impressive indeed.

There are lots of apps that say that you can make music even with no musical experience at all. That's quite a difficult thing to judge, especially if you do have even some musical ability. However, I can see Seline easily fitting into that description as it really is effortless to use.

But just because it is so effortless don't be fooled into thinking it is a toy. There's a good degree of control available if you want to look for it. There are options for transpose and scale together with settings for reverb and delay etc and Seline has a record and overdub function that seems to work fine and files are exported to WAV file.

The thing that impressed me the most has been Seline's expressive ability. Another good app from Amidio.


Anonymous said...

Indeed, this is a nice app. The first "instrument app" that comes close to ThumbJam, which is still my favorite one. And the first Amidio app that doesn't lead to instant eye cancer... ;-)
They should throw in some portamento function soon.

Anonymous said...

Just about to download this app. I will say that $5.99 is actually a lot more reasonable than most of their other apps have been (i.e. Touch DJ for $20? really?). But, this really just seems to be another iteration of their typical PCM based synths with non-standard interface (piano, guitar, etc.). Most of their apps are basically this, and it's getting boring - especially when you hear the same pan flute over and over again.

But, I've got a couple of extra bucks to spend so I am going to try it out and post up what I think.

ashley said...

Well I hope you like it