Technimo has updated their awardwinning iRealb musical accompaniment application and re-christened it as iReal Pro. The new version is available immediately for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android. iRealPro remains easy to use but adds several new capabilities including:
- Customizable click tracks
- Built-in chord diagrams for guitar
- Easier song creation and editing
- More custom mixing capabilities
- AudioBus support for iOS
AudiBus capability makes it possible to use iReal Pro in conjunction with other music apps on your iPhone or iPad, for example, combining iReal Pro with guitar audio from GarageBand, AmpliTube or AmpKit.
iReal Pro has more than 30 different accompaniment styles to chose from (Rock, Soul, Pop, Ballad, Bossa Nova, Funk Rock, Swing, Latin, Blues, Shuffle etc.) enabling a broad repertoire. You can customize the accompaniment by changing not only the style, but the tempo, the key and the bass and piano instrumentation. Also worth noting is there are hundreds of songs available on the forums including the typical Jazz standards, Blues, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Pop, Rock and more. So even if you're more comfortable playing songs than creating them, there's a ton of material to tap into. Take a look at the video below to get a feel for iReal Pro on the iPhone.
If I have one criticism of iReal Pro it's that it is very jazz oriented. So even the rock and blues songs inevitably sound like a lounge lizard jazz combo who wouldn't know how to rock if they were playing AC/DC. I'm not sure what the best solution to this is. Maybe some of the songs are using older styles, or maybe there's a need for more styles and rock instrumentation. Hopefully this is something that iReal Pro can continue to improve.
Overall, iReal Pro continues to get better and better with every release. It's a versatile tool for the practicing musician. iRealPro is just $7.99 for iPad and iPhone via iTunes and $19.99 for the Mac. Best of all, this is a free upgrade for all existing iRealb users.