Lets see a Blackberry do this - Ocarina.

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by razorianfly, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    I just spotted this tonight, and thought I’d give you all a quick heads up on it. When you thought you’d exhausted every little thing you could perform with your iPhone, you find something you missed.
    There are many uses for your iPhone’s microphone, but this one is quite a bit different to the others. App developers have realised that the microphone can actually pick up air being blown through it, and this is the basis of Ocarina.


    Ocarina developed by Smule is a 59p/$0.99 electronic synth flute for iPhone.
    Basically you blow into your iPhone, and use the touch screen to control the pitch of the sound by covering virtual holes.

    I downloaded it 1) out of curiosity and 2) because it was 59p. I just featured it.

    It sounds pretty great for a simulation.
    Anyone using it, bought it? /Thoughts?

    R-Fly
     

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  2. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    ZOMG Zelda. :)

    Downloading.

    Awesome! You can listen to others playing. :O I was wondering why it asked for permission to see my location...

    Seriously, someone play something from Zelda.

    Edit: The video tutorial is of a guy playing the Zelda theme.
     
  3. lee.anderson macrumors regular

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    Yep I got it.
    I can say that this is without a doubt the most addictive and fun app there is.
    It works really well, and on the smule website there is a section in the forums where people can upload scores so other people can play tunes too.

    There's also a cool feature that shows you a globe (like google earth) and show the location of other people playing, and you can actually hear them play in real time.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Neat idea.

    Did you travel back in time, though? And more importantly, did you save Princess Zelda?
     
  5. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    All it is missing is:
    1) The ability to save your own songs on your phone.
    2) The ability to save others' songs on your phone.

    But mostly #1.
     
  6. chrisjonny macrumors member

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    Coolest show-off "look what my phone can do!!!" App yet.:p
     
  7. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Yep. I had a friend say "My phone was more expensive than yours!" ($400 Blackberry) and I'm like... seriously? Also, I know someone getting the Dare and he's told me "It is so much better than the iPhone!" Sure... can yours play an Ocarina?
     
  8. arubinst macrumors 6502

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    Cool!

    This has got to be the coolest app ever
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Agreed ... but, if not for ...
    :)
     
  10. Pring macrumors 6502

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    Hmm I bought it but I'm unconvinced. I have to blow pretty hard to get it to register... WAY harder than on the videos.
     
  11. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    This app rocks! Well worth $1, I'd say its even worth upwards to $5
     
  12. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    are you kidding me?

    your friend is bull**itting about the Dare.

    my friend has a Dare and it sucks ass so much. i HATE it. he states that out of my iPhone, his Dare and our other friend's Diamond, mine is the best.

    The Dare is so limited in... everything. I Dare you friend to shove it up his ass.
     
  13. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    Got a video review up. Tried my best to play the thing, but did a bad job. Only after the review did I find the music sheets! lol
     
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  15. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Yep. I would pay $5 for it.
     
  16. jmann macrumors 604

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    This was awesome! I love this app! It is totally worth more than $.99!
     
  17. jmann macrumors 604

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    Mine registers my blowing perfectly. But I am using a 3G iPhone. What kind do you have?
     
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Um...awesome!!!

    The ability to do it isn't really a shock. With the Nintendo DS microphone, you had to blow up the balloons on your cars in Mario Kart DS. But that looks to be quite an evolutionary piece of software.

    I can now see little kids taking iPhones to fourth grade music classes instead of recorders.
     
  19. speedracer3000 macrumors 6502

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    it's definitely very unique and innovative use of the iphone
    too bad I am just too musically challenged to be able to make any kind of pleasant sounds with it, so far it's just noise :D

    I did notice there is some inconsistency with the sounds, my fingers stayed the same but the sound changed, not sure if it's me not doing it right or a bug with the player...
     
  20. iblastoff macrumors 6502

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    yah really. i'm surprised people aren't over these novelty crap apps by now.
     
  21. RiGo macrumors member

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    +1

    Tens of thousands of ppl will abort their BB purchase because it can't be an ocarina :rolleyes:
     
  22. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    That's what I used to think about all the folks whining about no games for Mac... :rolleyes: ... just shows how much I know.:cool:

    I guess crap apps, like games, have no real purpose, but can do a great job of demonstrating what your hardware is capable of, given the right software. Like all those red-hot Windows gaming setups that never, ever do anything really useful (unless entertainment counts...;) )

    You gotta admit, iPhone makes BB look so old school.
     
  23. fastbite macrumors 6502a

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    This app is piece of art. It is truly amazing in concept and execution.
     
  24. TheHoff macrumors 6502

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    Cool. I'm now learning how to play that flute song Picard plays after he lives a lifetime on the other planet now.



    btw, what a cool idea for the dev to include the ability to hear other people playing... bravo
     
  25. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    That's actually really cool!

    I find their playing of Stairway to Heaven really funny... especially since they seem to be kind of dramatic doing it.
     

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