iPhone 用の音楽アプリは星の数ほどありますし、iPad 用の音楽アプリも山ほどあります。しかし、iPhone と iPad の両方を利用するアプリはどうでしょうか。ギターアプリ OMGuitar で人気の Amidio が開発中の FUTULELE は、iPhone と iPad を Bluetooth で同期して演奏できる「ウクレレシンセサイザー」アプリ。ネックの部分を iPhone が、ボディの部分を iPad が担当します。

コードは曲ごとに12種類まで設定可能。発売は4月早々の予定で、iPad 3 に最適化! というちょっぴり気の早いアピールもあります。また、FUTULELE にぴったりの iPhone + iPad ケースを作ってくれるところを探しているとのこと。演奏動画とプレスリリースは続きに掲載しています。

NY, 03/05/2012

Amidio Inc (www.amidio.com) have announced FUTULELE, an Ukulele synthesizer for iOS. One of the most remarkable features of Futulele is that it can be operated with the iPhone (iPod Touch) and the iPad simultaneously, in a way that has never been introduced before.

It is not a secret that many iPad owners also have an iPhone, so Futulele is an excellent and innovative reason to get the best musical juices flowing out of both. A special guitar-shaped case holds the two devices, making it possible to select the chord on the iPhone and strum along the iPad screen, just as on a regular instrument. Changing a chord requires only one tap, and the strumming technique is easy and convenient. No external wires or hardware accessories are needed, since the devices use Bluetooth for communicating.

The chord switch lag is kept at a minimum level, and as for the sound, Futulele successively captures every little nuance of a high-grade professional Ukulele instrument. Up to 12 chords can be used per song, and changing chord sets on the fly is a blast. Full recording and sharing possibilities come straight from Amidio's top-ranked guitar app OMGuitar (http://amidio.com/omguitar), as well as the onboard FX section.

Futulele (universal iOS app) is expected in early April, 2012 and will be one of the first music apps optimized for the iPad 3. It will be also possible to play using a single iPad. Website: http://amidio.com