Locally created app Earhoof packs a lot of musical punch
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
A musical app created by Gainesville-based company Psicada was named one of Apple's best new apps after its launch in March.
The Earhoof app is meant to be played as a standalone, virtual instrument on an iPad. A unique combination of music and technology, the app comes with 80 built-in instruments, or preset sounds, including the meow of a cat, creator Brendan Regan said.
The app transforms an iPad into a “futuristic drum pad,” Regan said. Four blue columns sit on a silver surface, waiting to be triggered by touch. Gliding a finger across each of the columns sets off a series of different rhythms that seamlessly transition from one beat to the next.
“Basically it's a way to create new types of instruments by combining multiple sounds and effects,” said Regan, founder of Psicada. “It's mainly geared toward electronic musicians, although anyone who's interested in music could find use for it.”
He said the music created on the app can easily be imported onto other devices, allowing DJs to add Earhoof's rhythms into their music sets.
Regan, a Gainesville native, received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida. He moved to Boston for five years, where he worked with a music software company.
“I've always been interested in music technology, and the intersection of technology and music, and how technology is always pushing the way people create music,” he said.
Ideas for music apps consistently formed in his head, until he finally decided to move back to Gainesville to bring them to life. About a year and a half later, Earhoof was created.
Regan is the programmer, software developer and designer for the app, saying it was the first time he did everything on his own. He said he's very pleased with the way the app turned out, as are its users, according to the feedback he's gotten.
There a few technical issues he is solving, and he will be adding extra features that users have asked for. Regan is looking for an office for Psicada in downtown Gainesville, and plans on creating more apps in the future.
Earhoof can be downloaded for $4.99 at the Apple online store.