Oxford, UK – AppKitchen, a collective of developers and car fans based in New Zealand and the UK, proudly announces the launch of Engine Sound Off! 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. Engine Sound Off! pioneers a new generation of driving simulator games. The players’ individual car engine sound is uploaded seamlessly into the driving simulator, giving them a more user-generated experience than ever before available. Engine Sound Off! also scores the uploaded engine sounds that the car fan can share and also compete online for prizes.
For car enthusiasts, the sound of an engine can literally make the hairs on the back of their necks stand up. All major car brands recognise this by tasking their engineers to fine-tune an engines tone and volume (most recently seen with the Ferrari 599 GTB). This passionate car enthusiast community is not small – a web search for ‘sports car clubs’ currently brings 55.3 million unique results. Engine Sound Off! is for car fans looking for a fun, nuetral method to rate engine sounds, and simulate driving their actual car without turning the ignition. An absolute must-have for all car enthusiasts:
* World First: ‘Engine Sound Off!’ instantly rates the Sound of any car engine. Sound engineers were included at an early stage of development to assess the iPhone’s recording capability and microphone sensitivity. “Each car engine sings its own song based on its type and capacity. We found that we could assess any engine against the expectations for that specific engine type, make and fuel type” Chris Young, Sound Engineer Consultant for Engine Sound Off!
* World First: ‘Engine Sound Off!’ simulates driving any car engine. Chris Baxter, Engine Sound Off Developer, “In the real world the acceleration, rpm range and power delivery characteristics are quite different from car to car and if you look closely in the simulator you’ll find that too. So the way the simulator drives, as well as sounds, should be familiar”. The simulator is just as fun when you upload a dog barking, or a childs laughter or just about anything else! It turns out that the waveform manipulation used to simulate realistic engine sounds can create very strange manipulations of non-engine sounds!
* Realistic and Fun! Engine Sound Off! is the only accelerometer based driving simulator that lets you accelerate, change gears and brake! The simulator has a lot of hidden touches, including using the gear shift sound from a Dodge Viper, and the menu button ‘click’ is actually the seat belt clicking sound from an Aston Martin Vantage.
* $500 USD Cash Prize! Drawn June 6. A competition is being run to celebrate the launch of Engine Sound Off! to be drawn 6 June.
* World’s First app to record your engine sound and turn it into a driving simulator
* Calibrated for 50 car brands, including Ferrari, BMW and Chevrolet
* 29 engine types from V8 to 4 cylinder turbo diesel
* Simulator features manual gear changing, braking, speedometer and tachometer display, and realistic rpm limits for your engine type
* In the simulator, tilt your iPhone forward to accelerate
* Highly sophisticated engineering techniques to rate the sound quality of any engine
* Includes a Decibel Meter with a display range of 0dB to 120dB
* Your recordings and ratings can be shared with your friends
* Free entry to the Global Grid online to compete against other players
* iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 7.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Engine Sound Off! 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Promo codes are available upon request. Let us know who you represent, and your deadline when making your request and we’ll be in touch asap. Feature walkthrough video to be available 5 May.
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