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This article was published on July 15, 2014

With Sympler for iPhone, creating music-video mashups couldn’t be simpler

With Sympler for iPhone, creating music-video mashups couldn’t be simpler
Paul Sawers
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Paul Sawers

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Launching initially as a beta product last August, Sympler hit the App Store as a means to help users create 20-second music videos through mashing together a range of content. Since then, the app was iterated and refined, with a new experience and slew of fresh features added to the mix.

However, the app was subsequently pulled offline completely, as the team behind it wanted to reset the clock and launch a whole new product. “Same concept, new functionality,” is the general idea here. Sympler version 2.0 is live now, serving up a slew of fresh new features, which we outline here.

How it looks

Sympler is fundamentally striving to be a social platform. And now, users can collaborate, experiment, or otherwise ‘mash up’ other people’s content, which you can access from your main ‘Featured’ feed. It’s worth adding here that sharing videos for remixing is completely optional, anything you capture and create yourself can be kept as a standalone piece of work.

Capturing content is a cinch too, and thankfully there is no need to create accounts here – as soon as you launch the app, you can start using it immediately. Of course, if you want to save mixes to your profile, receive notifications, and make the most of the ‘social’ element, you are advised to create an account.

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Sympler lets you take samples of videos or photos, add in your own photos, videos and audio, and throw in some stock music, which is included within the app. You tap the little tiles in time with the music, and this inserts the appropriate samples at a given point in the recording. The new version also lets you connect and share to other social networks, including Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

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Sympler is a fun app for sure, and there’s scope for building this out into a more feature-rich, robust tool. For example, embedding videos would be a great option here, but there doesn’t appear to be an option to do this. Anything you create can be viewed online however with the sharing of a link.

Sympler 2.0 is available to download from the App Store now.

Sympler | App Store