updated 11:05 pm EST, Thu February 5, 2009
iPerform3D for Mac
iPerform3D has launched a guitar instruction application, iPerform3D. The software uses motion-capture and 3D animation technology to provide a visual aid that is designed to help an aspiring musician practice guitar. Full camera controls enable users to rotate and angle the camera to point in the desired direction, while the action and sound can be set to a slower pace without distorting the proper pitch. To help with practicing the music, users can also loop a riff or song section as many times as needed.
The software comes complete with a list of lessons that users can search through by type, genre or difficulty. Each lesson provides three different sections, a video introduction with an instructor, a 3D animation portion, and a backing track with a tab guide that allows users to practice what they just saw. In order to replicate the look of genuine guitar, the company uses motion capture recordings of real musicians.
iPerform3D requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and offers a free 5 day trial. Prices for the program range from $40 for a beginner's course, while subscriptions cost $30 for one month, $50 for three months, or $140 for a full year.