Yamaha TNR-e iOS App

Yamaha TNR-e

Information and Specifications

Category: Dubstep Apps
Released: Nov 07, 2013
Version: 1.0.0
Size: 79.3 MB
Language: English
Seller: Yamaha Corporation of America
© 2013 Yamaha Corporation
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Price: $19.99
Get it here: TNR-e – US – Yamaha Corporation of America

Description: The Yamaha TNR-e is a follow up to the TNR-i and both apps are iOS versions of the TENORI-ON hardware sequencer. The TNR-e features the same 16 x 16 matrix button pad display from the previous model but has extra features and sounds not found previously.


Review

The TENORI-ON lives on in two iOS versions now: the original TNR-i and now the TNR-e. The differences between the two iOS versions are according to Yamaha enough to create an entirely new app.

We still have the 16 x 16 matrix button pad display. The big difference is the sounds. The “e” in TNR stands for electro or electronic and the sounds are for Dubstep according to Yamaha; “new tones that capture the essence of dub step, progressive house/EDM, electro and other types of music not previously available” as they put it. The other new features are the 2 master effects section and XY pad display for movement between various effects. The app supports Inter-App Audio to control sounds from other compatible apps and Soundcloud to upload and share your sequences.

Is it any good? I wasn’t much of a fan of the original app, although it had a neat and tidy interface it was a bit limited. The TNR-e adds features I use a lot in apps, such as XY pads and effects. Combine the 2 and the app is a winner for me. The killer feature is linking 2 effects together to create movement and cool effects such as the ability to create breaks. The not so good: like the TNR-i I didn’t much care for the 2 banks of 5 buttons at the bottom for changing Layers. It just seems awkward and unless you know your way around and remember what button does what, you’re getting bogged down in what button to press next.

The act of making a sequence is hit and miss. Because nothing is labelled you end up pressing CLEAR a lot. I like a named pad layout kind of system you get on a MPC or drum machine. If you like randomness this should be fine but for precise programming, especially if you’re laying down bass notes or lead lines it is frustrating. Playing the app on an iPhone is almost impossible for anything other than messing about with. The grid display is too small and the layout of the 2 banks of buttons just annoying.

I’m not saying this is a bad app. I like it. It works best on an iPad and it requires a lot of patience. One last niggle: the price. I’m not sure it’s worth $19.99. If you own both apps that’s almost $40. There should be an in-app purchase from the TNR-i for the new sounds and the XY and effects sections should be part of a update and not the basis for a new app. It is too much? Yes!