Jungle rock

You’ve probably surmised by now that SoundForest is fun and surreal. But it’s also limited – which at various points works to its advantage and also its detriment.

The limited board slots are in a sense like you having six monophonic tracks. Two icons cannot exist in the same space, which forces clever positioning when working up complex interplaying melodies. Yet the simple structure also ensures SoundForest’s suitable for anyone with a sense of creativity and fun.

But disappointingly, whether you’re an expert musician (suddenly juggling elephants, owls and dolphins, and wondering: how did I get here?) or a complete novice, there’s no export to get loops out of the app. (The website suggests connecting a device to a Mac and recording into QuickTime Player. Erm, no.)

Frog chorus

The app also isn’t happy moving beyond a one-bar loop. Although you can expand compositions to four times that length, flipping between bars is tedious, and there’s no copy and paste. You can at least, fortunately, easily save compositions – up to 18 miniature songs are stored per theme.

But gripes feel churlish when you consider this is a RM10 app that’s an awful lot of fun. Just by dotting random icons about, you can produce some really interesting noise. It encourages play, and should appeal to kids and adults alike.

Just don’t get disappointed the next time you’re out for a walk and the local butterflies aren’t emitting rave synth stabs like the ones in SoundForest.

SoundForest is available for iOS

Stuff says... 

App of the week: SoundForest review

A great app whether you’re already into music, or just fancy having fun with a noisy, colourful sound toy
Good Stuff 
Really easy to use
Four varied themes
Rewards creative exploration
Bad Stuff 
Awkward to create multi-pattern loops
No export options whatsoever