In the past year, we’ve written about quite a few music apps and streaming services. Most of them have clean, minimal interfaces, both on the desktop and iOS. But what about a music player with a perfectly executed skeuomorphic interface for the audiophile in all of us, which works exactly like a record player should?
Meet Turnplay. This beautiful iPad app is designed to reproduce the experience of listening to vinyl recordings on a high-quality turntable. And beautiful is an understatement. The amount of effort put into this application is simply amazing. I asked Denis Pakhaliuk, CEO of Ramotion, how the app was created:
The turntable was designed to incredibly high standards. Our designers used Technics SL 1200 as a reference and recreated it in 3d, rendered it, used this render as a reference and then recreated all shapes in Photoshop. We took everything we’ve learned about making GUI interfaces and iOS development and implemented it in TurnPlay.
In my opinion, this is the best skeuomorphic interface for listening to music on the iPad today. From the detailed scratches on each record, to the precise virtual mechanics of the stylus’ arm, and to the virtual shelf for selecting your tunes, you can plainly see how dedicated Ramotion is as a design company.
But that’s not all. The functionality of the app is quite solid as well. You can add a track from your music library to the turntable queue easily, and navigate through the recordings you’ve selected on an elegantly rendered wooden shelf. Scrubbing over the currently playing record gives you accurate audio feedback, reflecting on which track you’re currently playing. You can also adjust the rotation speed and key, but there isn’t a volume slider (you need to use the setting in the multitasking tray or the volume rocker on your iPad for that).
As I said before, Turnplay is quite realistic. There’s an on/off switch in the turntable view which actually stops the turntable, and you can’t play music unless that switch is in the on position. Small touches like these make the experience lifelike, blurring the gap between physical and digital media. I can almost guarantee that if you give this app to a senior citizen who’s unfamiliar with newer music interfaces, but can identify with a vintage record player, there will be little or no explaining needed.
Apart from the interface and functionality, why would you want to use Turnplay as a music player? The answer is simple. It’s very authentic. You can hear the crackling noises of the vinyl woven between the melodies of your music, adjust the RPMs, and create all the scrubbing and scratching effects you want, just like the real thing. True audiophiles might say the sound quality isn’t as good as a physical record player, but when connected to some good external speakers or headphones, it produces respectable sound.
If you’re someone who enjoys a great combination of great design and your favorite music as much as I do, get Turnplay for your iPad. At a great price of $1.99, why pass it up?