Kool Tools: Anytune for Mac
Anytune, the iOS music practice app that enables musicians to slow down music without changing the pitch, has come to the Mac. It allows musicians to learn to play or transcribe songs by slowing down the tempo, adjusting the pitch, repeating loops, and setting and sharing marks.
It uses iCloud to integrate with the Anytune 3.9 app for iOS and has the same set of music practice and transcription features. Anytune for Mac will be immediately familiar to musicians who use Anytune Pro on their iPads. They can search, filter and import their iTunes music or use Anytune for Mac's folders and playlists to organize their music outside of iTunes."
The double waveform displays in Anytune allow musicians to visualize and quickly navigate to sections of interest in their songs. Tempo and pitch changing let artists practice at their own pace and pitch without unwanted audible artifacts. Loop marks and audio marks used for practicing or transcription can be created and shared via email to collaborate with others, or via iCloud to iPhones, iPads or other Macs.
The FineTouch EQ and built-in presets help to pinpoint instruments for practicing. A LiveMix feature makes musicians feel like they're playing in the band; plug in an instrument or microphone and perform along in a mix with a favorite track.
The Step It Up Interval Trainer allows learners to start off slowly and gradually increase the speed over a looped section of a song. For musicians who need to transcribe music, Anytune simplifies transcription work flow by changing play-pause to pause-repeat, allowing a track to be traversed and repeated phrase by phrase more easily and in a more natural way for transcribers.
Anytune for Mac requires a Mac OS X 10.8 or later. A demo version is available at the product web site (http://www.anytune.us/anytune-mac/). You can buy the product for US$29.99 at the Mac App Store.