Rytmik Ultimate for 3DS is not a game, it’s a complex music production application that landed on the 3DS platform. So grab your headphones and don’t forget your brain because this isn’t an app for anyone from the start.
First of all Rytmik Ultimate isn’t there to hold your hand ever, it is right in your face and you will have to find your own way in the complex interface it offers. At the beginning I had no idea what I was doing even though I am an adept at understanding and using most music production interfaces on computer and tablets. But this isn’t a computer it’s a 3DS and there is a lot to cramp onto the screens even if there’s 2 of them. I’m not saying it’s bad but a small tutorial would have been nice to begin with.
Once you toy around the libraries you quickly discover this is no game but a very powerful music application with tons of sounds that can each be tweaked to your preference. There are different music styles with dubstep and EDM probably being the most favorites judging from the shared songs.
You can look for a track in the library and just drag and drop the sounds you want on your audio timeline. By playing with the complex yet vast settings you can go from 8-bit sounding to an Interstellar-esque feel in a couple of seconds if you find your way through the many options.
During my track making I haven’t stumbled upon any limitations such as ‘max clips attained’ nor does the application tell you you can’t tweak a particular sound all the way you want. You’re pretty much free to do whatever you want with every sound. And I guess that freedom comes with the price of you trying to understand the interface. It’s creative freedom and you will be making mistakes; but once you get there and you listen to the deep bass track through your headphones, and when you remind yourself you made this on a portable Nintendo system? It’s worth the extra time wading through the menus.
Now you have created your song and that’s it right? You couldn’t have been more wrong; where most of the other apps limit the use of your track within the app itself, Rytmik Ultimate lets you export your track in a WAV format to your SD card so you can drop your sick beats at midnight on New Year’s Eve to a non-suspecting crowd and see if you did actually create something enjoyable. If you feel like sharing your track with the entire world why don’t you upload it to the cloud?
The cloud is a great addition and you can easily upload or download tracks from other Rytmik users. It’s a great way to find new sounds and you can alter any track to your own liking. Prepare yourself for bit tracks from your favorite games and tv shows and there are a lot of ‘test’ tracks being uploaded but why don’t we just finish them and upload the next EDM symphony?
Overall Rytmik Ultimate is a complex music making app that will test your patience in the beginning but it will be worth in the end with its huge in-game library and sound altering settings to your creative disposal. And with the cloud support and drag and drop interface musical infinity is at your fingertips. Or stylus!
Score: 3.5 out of 5