We are delighted to announce the grand opening of the Tab Store as part of TabToolkit Release 2.0. If you play guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards, we believe that TabToolkit 2.0 is the best way to learn and jam along with your favorite songs on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The addition of the Tab Store gives TabToolkit users access to officially-licensed, full-score songs with notation for each guitar, bass, drum, and keyboard part, as well as vocal tracks with lyrics.The Tab Store launches with hundreds of popular songs in a wide range of genres and more songs will be added weekly. Here are just a few examples of the many great officially-licensed songs in the Tab Store: “Limelight” by Rush, KoRn’s “Freak on a Leash,” “Smoke on the Water” from Deep Purple, and The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” Each song is available as an affordable in-app purchase for only US$0.99. We’re also excited to announce that TabToolkit, previously priced at US$9.99, will be available completely free of charge for a limited time in celebration of the Tab Store’s grand opening.
Taking Digital Sheet Music to the Next Level
TabToolkit goes beyond the capabilities of most digital sheet music platforms because it smoothly renders guitar tablature and standard music notation on-the-fly at full device resolution, rather than unevenly scrolling statically-formatted pages. With the 2.0 release, TabToolkit supports butter-smooth, full-resolution music notation rendering on the new iPad Retina display. Plus, TabToolkit supports live multitrack audio synthesis with tempo control. It’s a snap to mute, solo, or adjust volume on every track individually, a must for practicing and playing along. Even effects such as guitar bends and slides are perfectly synched with the notation.
The new Tab Store’s content likewise stands out from typical digital sheet music. Most digital sheet music is formatted into single sheets that include vocals and perhaps one or two instruments. Tab Store songs, in contrast, are “full-score” transcriptions with independent notation tracks for every guitar, bass, drum, and keyboard part, as well as vocal tracks with lyrics. And because Tab Store songs are transcribed into dynamic music notation instead of static pages, they not only display multiple tracks, they actually synthesize multitrack audio with independent control of each instrument.
Learning and Jamming
In addition to the new Tab Store, TabToolkit 2.0 has radically improved as a learning and jam along tool for guitar, bass, drum and keyboard players:
- A/B looping: With a few touches, you can select a section of any song, and loop it for practice or to jam along.
- Interactive drum guide: A popular TabToolkit feature is the visual display of fretboard and keyboard guides that shows finger positions synchronized with the scrolling tablature or music notation. In TabToolkit 2.0, drummers can now join in the fun thanks to a full drum kit display that shows drum hits synchronized with the drum track of any song.
- Enhanced keyboard support: You can now combine left and right hand parts into a single keyboard track, showing hands both in the music notation and in the visual keyboard guide.
- Tab rhythm notation: Guitar tracks can now display helpful tab rhythm notation.
- One-touch soloing: Each track now has a solo button, in addition to mute.
- Multitrack Volume Mixer: Lets you quickly change the volume of multiple instrument tracks on a single handy screen.
- Vastly improved audio synthesis: Based on new high-fidelity audio samples for over 190 different instruments. (Available on iPhone 4 / 4S, iPad 2, and the new iPad.)
- Innovative vocal engine: Based on actual male and female voice samples.
To sum it up, we’re happy to provide TabToolkit users with quick, easy access to great, full-score, officially-licensed music. We want to pass on special thanks to music publishers Alfred and Hal Leonard who have worked closely with us to properly license content in the Tab Store. Agile Partners is an ardent supporter of artists and we’re glad these artists will be able to share in the success of the Tab Store.