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Washboard

$0.99
iPhone / iPad
Genres:
  • Music
  • Entertainment
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Turn your mobile device into a musical washboard! You can play the classic metal washboard as is, or customize it by adding instruments like horns and woodblocks in any combination. You can even add decorations like a flower, a sticker or party lights. Play along with your iPod music, or plug into an amp and join a jug band!

Some reviews say the app doesn't sound like a washboard, but it does use audio samples taken from a real washboard. The samples come from a metal board played with 1" zinc washers -- this gives a sound harder than thimbles but softer than spoons -- and include a tap, scrub and wood sound. The add-on instruments also use real audio samples. Instruments include:

- Small cowbell
- Large cowbell
- Small horn
- Large horn
- Tambourine
- Cymbal
- Small woodblock
- Large woodblock
- Service bell
- Vibraslap
- Toy chicken

Decorations (no sound) include:

- Toy dinosaur
- Flower
- Bow tie
- Hula girl
- Woody Guthrie sticker
- Party lights

If you have any MIDI equipment, you can also use Washboard as a MIDI controller. Map each instrument in the app to a note number in your sound module, then tap the board or attached instruments to send note-on commands. The MIDI commands are sent on channel 10 for easy access to most percussion modules.

Before buying this app, I recommend watching the demo video at washboardapp.com to see how it works. If you need help after your purchase, please contact me before writing a bad review. I have no way to respond or help you if you publish your complaints in a review, but I respond promptly to all emails.