ThumbJam is a powerful musical performance experience. You get over 30 high-quality real instruments multi-sampled exclusively for this app. Hundreds of included scales allow you to effortlessly play in any style from rock to classical, whether you are a musical novice or a seasoned professional.
Jordan Rudess, the world-renowned keyboardist for Dream Theater says:
« ThumbJam stands at the very top of the overcrowded music app world. The sounds included absolutely rival those found in pro instruments and making music on the app is a total joy. The only problem I have with this app is that I did not make it myself! Luckily, I’m able to work with the developer and offer a few good feature ideas as well as some choice sounds from my personal collection! »
Two signature sounds from Jordan are featured in the application!
Even if you’ve only played air guitar, ThumbJam lets you sound like a pro. Pick an instrument and jam — with all the scales to choose from you’ll never hit a wrong note. The high quality instrument samples will make you sound like you just skipped years of music lessons.
For the performing musician, this app is awesome for soloing on an instrument you didn’t bring along. Play in any key, any style — go from a string ensemble to a wailing guitar. ThumbJam was developed and tested by musicians to feel and sound like a real instrument. You’ll be surprised at how expressive it can be, make sure to check out the videos and audio at thumbjam.com.
ThumbJam makes use of tilt and shake to add vibrato, tremolo, note bends, and volume swells for more realistic and expressive results. It supports up to five simultaneous touches and up to 16 voice polyphony. Delay and lush stereo reverb add depth to the sound. Put on your headphones or plug in to your home stereo and prepare to be blown away.
Build your own loops from the ground up or import your favorites and jam from there. Layer as many loops as you want, with different instruments for each. Export your loops as audio files or Ardour DAW sessions via WiFi. Copy and paste audio from other apps using Sonoma Wire Works AudioCopy/Paste as well the general pasteboard used by BeatMaker.
Want to jam with your friends? ThumbJam lets you broadcast tempo, key, and scale to other nearby devices via Bluetooth so you can play together live. Even better, you can use it as a MIDI or OSC controller over WiFi to control software instruments on your computer!
The app includes a huge variety of scales, from western to eastern. Save your favorites for quick access. You can even import new scales in the Scala format for complete flexibility.
You can also record your own samples using a built-in or attached microphone and play them instantly. Create your own presets with different settings, scales and keys based on the existing instruments. You can even import samples from other apps using audio copy and paste!
+ Cello, Violin, Viola
+ Upright Bass (plucked and bowed)
+ Several drumkits
+ Electric Guitar
+ Electric Bass
+ Tenor Sax
+ Low Whistle
+ Acoustic Guitar
+ Hammered Dulcimer
+ Grand Piano
+ Drawbar Organ (2 types)
+ Pipe Organ
+ Synth Strings
+ Synth Choir
+ Sawtooth Waveform
+ Sine Waveform
+ Triangle Waveform
And from Jordan Rudess:
+ JR Zendrix
+ JR Smooth Steel
Many more for immediate free download in the app including several drumkits, Mellotron instruments, slap bass and more! New instruments posted regularly.
Version 1.3 fixes the lack of sound issue for iPod touch devices.
It also adds native iPad support! This is just the beginning for the iPad version. Look forward to more updates that further take advantage of iPad-specific features.
PLEASE update your reviews and ratings to reflect the capabilities of this version! Again, we are very sorry for the extended delay on this fix.
Also if you have questions or suggestions, please ask on the forums at thumbjam.com or via email at email@example.com. We cannot provide feedback on iTunes App Store reviews, which is frustrating when we have the answers you need.
Features from 1.2.x still worth mentioning:
Includes support for fast switching and background audio operation (if loops are playing) under iOS4.
=== Metronome and Looping ===
– Metronome added with a selection of sounds
– Set tempo directly or tapping
– Specify number of beats per bar
– A fixed loop length option lets you specify ahead of time how long of a loop you want to record in bars.
– More lenient timing when ending loops
– Added support for recording loops with the microphone (internal on iphones, and/or externally connected for all devices)
=== MIDI and OSC live output ===
You can now use ThumbJam as a MIDI or OSC controller over wifi for software instruments or midi sequencers on your computer. Look at the Prefs->Remote Control page to enable these features. For the MIDI output you will need to the DSMIDIWiFi server software on your Mac/Windows/Linux PC found at http://dsmi.tobw.net to receive the MIDI data. For best results connect your device and computer using an ad-hoc wireless network directly between them. See the forums at thumbjam.com for more detailed instructions, and for a description of the OSC messages sent.
=== Other Updates ===
– New Viola instrument to round out your string quartet
– Split-screen ability increases playable note space while also allowing for independent setting of key and note range per side.
Toggle the split-screen feature from the key change popup in the key controls sidebar.
– Added inverted tilt option for pitch control
– In-app news added to notify users of new available instruments, loops, or other tips
– Sonoma Wireworks AudioCopy/Paste 1.1 support, allows for copying and pasting multiple simultaneous files.