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04-20-2012, 06:51 PM
With so many music-related apps for iOS, Android, and PC platforms, it's been a while since I've seen anything that I would regard as revolutionary. But, the Jammit app might well be just that. Even though it's clearly aimed at aspiring musicians, this has potential appeal even for those listeners that won't come any closer to a real instrument than an air guitar.

What does Jammit do that distinguishes it from other applications?

Simple - it allows you to isolate different instrument tracks for classic rock songs sold through Jammit's website. Yes, there are other apps out there that do stuff like reduce the vocals or specific instruments, but that's done using EQ or other processing. Jammit is the only music application I'm aware of that actually licenses the original multitrack recordings. And their music library is growing. The selections available already include acts like Rush, Deep Purple, Boston, 311, Norah Jones, KT Tunstall, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Maroon 5, Lamb of God, and Nirvana.

How It Works | Jammit - The Ultimate Music Platform (http://jammit.com/how-it-works)

Jammit Lets Budding Rock Stars Play Along With, Isolate, And Record Over The “Masters” | TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/25/jammit-lets-budding-rock-stars-play-along-with-isolate-and-record-over-multi-track-tunes/)

This means that with available songs like Rush's "Tom Sawyer" or Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water" -- you can actually listen to Geddy Lee or Richie Blackmore in isolation without any accompanying instruments. Or you can listen to the rest of the band and adjust the levels for the different instruments. Just listen to how it works.

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The app includes sheet music transcriptions, recording capability, pitch control, and looping functions. All this is cool stuff for a musician, but even for a listener, isolating the different instrument tracks can make for a new listening experience with songs that you might have already heard 100s of times.

What's the downside? Well, the tracks are not cheap and you have to buy separate files for each instrument. If you want every instrumental part for "Tom Sawyer" they will each cost you $4, so it's $16 for the guitar, bass, drum, and keyboard sections. But, if the song is one of those holy grail tracks that you've already repurchased before via different formats and mastering runs, I would think that the ability to hear the isolated music tracks is a more dramatic change than yet another remaster.

For now, Jammit's only available on Mac OS X and iOS devices (Windows is coming soon). Download is free, but you have to buy the tracks separately.

04-20-2012, 07:28 PM
I'm going to load this sucker and use it liberally.