April 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Listen: ‘All Along The Watchtower’ Played with iOS Apps

sonosaurusThe people who built some of the best virtual guitars in iTunes have finally gone and done it: They formed a real band.

The unnamed band recorded the following cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” somewhat in the style of the Jimi Hendrix version, using their own apps as well as some others (listed below):


Guitarism developer Adil Sherwani, who emailed the recording to Evolver.fm, explains:

“Recently, I (creator of the virtual guitar app ‘guitarism‘) teamed up with two other creators of iOS guitar apps to form an iOS developer band. I met these guys on the Audiobus developer and user forums, and we’re recording everything using only Audiobus and its compatible apps — primarily our own instruments plus some effects apps for amp simulation etc. So now we can safely say that Audiobus brings together not only iOS music apps, but their creators as well!”

These developers compete against each other in iTunes for your virtual guitar dollar. Nonetheless, they laid down their differences in the interest of The Rock.

Here’s a list of the apps they used:

As for the vocals, Sherwani sang them with his own personal vocal chords, straight into an iPhone without relying on a hardware mic, preserving the recording’s “100 percent iOS” status, on the instrument side, anyway. They did use Garageband on various Macs to mix their parts together “to simplify collaboration.” We assume this is because they aren’t all in the same place, because Garageband supports Audiobus now too.

(more on Audiobus)