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—  The makers of JamUp Pro debut Beats Metronome, Jam Player, and AccuTune for iOS—

San Diego, CA—August 22, 2012—Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) announced the release of a trio of new iOS music-utility apps: Beats Metronome,  Jam Player, and AccuTune. All offer the same high level of sound quality, features, and usability found in the company’s flagship app, JamUp Pro.

“Each of these apps performs a specific function and does it really well,” says product manager Calvin Abel. “We’re confident that musicians will find all three to be essential items for their software toolkits.”

Beats Metronome combines a comprehensive feature set with an elegant user  interface. It can be set to a whopping 35 different time signatures,  including compound and complex meters. It also sports a handy tap-tempo function—great for  figuring out song tempos—and 17 different click sounds. Turning on Flash  Mode in the Settings page enables a strobe-like flash on each beat (it  can also be set to flash only on the downbeat). This mode can be very useful onstage or in other low-light  environments.  A different type of graphic depiction of the beat is  provided when the Visual Beats function is turned on and the iOS device  is rotated to landscape mode. The display changes to show circles that represent the beats in a measure. As the metronome counts  the time, the appropriate circle is highlighted, providing an  easy-to-follow visualized version of the tempo.
Jam Player is  a simple-to-use, yet enormously powerful app that promises to make  learning and practicing songs a lot easier by letting the user  seamlessly manipulate the tempo and pitch of a recorded song. The first step is to  load a song into the Jam Player from the iOS device’s iTunes library.  The Speed control knob can then be used to slow down the tempo of the  song without affecting its pitch. For instance, a super-fast guitar solo could be slowed significantly to make it easier  to learn, and then sped up periodically as the player becomes more  comfortable with it. The Pitch control raises and lowers the pitch but  has no impact on the tempo, and it’s a great way for a singer who’s learning a song to change the key of the original  track to match his or her vocal range. Using the Speed and Pitch  controls in tandem allows for manipulation of both variables. The app’s  sophisticated pitch and time algorithms provide stunningly good results, even at extreme settings.

As  its name suggests, AccuTune is a super-accurate chromatic tuner. It responds either to notes captured by the iPhone or iPad’s microphone, or  through a guitar adapter like Positive Grid’s JamUp Plug. It provides two different  views: the top of the screen is a standard meter display and the bottom a  note-wheel. Both offer a great level of detail, making precise tuning  easy. Pressing the Setup button brings you to the Settings screen, where you can change the calibration from the  default 440 Hz, set transposition, adjust temperament, and more. Most  importantly, the AccuTune features a smooth response, making tuning  easy.

Beats Metronome and AccuTune list for $4.99 and Jam Player for $9.99. However, all three are available for the low introductory price of 99 cents.
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About Positive Grid
Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) is a developer of amp-and-effects modeling software for Apple iOS. The company was founded by three friends, who also happened to be guitarists  and engineers with software backgrounds. They got their start modeling  tube amplifiers back in 2007, during a grad school project they worked on together. It was there that they got the  inspiration for the name Positive Grid, which comes from a phenomenon  that occurs during vacuum tube saturation. Separately, the three have  variously worked on projects for the iPod and Google audio teams, and for music-software developers like iZotope and  Euphonix. They launched the first version of JamUp Pro in 2011.
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