A little over two months ago, we covered developer Rolf Wöhrman’s Open Music App Collaboration Manifesto, a call to iOS music developers to push ahead with inter-app collaboration features.
Since then, many developers have worked together to add collaboration support for their iOS music apps, making not only the individual apps more powerful, but the iOS music platform, too.
This week, Wöhrman published an update to the Open Music App Collaboration Manifesto, calling on developers to push application collaboration even further. Or, as Wöhrman describes it, “what iOS DAWs need to do to have fun with synth apps via virtual Core MIDI.” You can see many of his ideas demonstrated in the video above, which demonstrates NLogSynth Pro working with FL Studio HD.
Here is what Wöhrman has outlined – his take on the future of iOS DAWs:
Open Music App Collaboration 2.0
MUST HAVE FEATURES:
1. Implement a MIDI Out option for your instrument tracks
2. Provide a way to mute or at least silence your own virtual
3. Provide a Core MIDI control panel to activate MIDI Out
4. Dynamically update when new Core MIDI devices found
5. Provide a way to map different tracks sending MIDI Out to different
MIDI devices either by MIDI channel selection or MIDI device
assignment per track
6. Send MIDI Note Off messages when your DAW transport stops
7. Implement background audio for your DAW that it keeps running in
background when switching to the synth apps
GOING FURTHER AND BECOME BEST OF CLASS:
8. Implement a pure MIDI track type (instead of silence your own
instruments, saves CPU)
9. Send MIDI transport messages Start, Stop & Continue
10. Send MIDI Song Position Pointer messages
11. Have an option to send MIDI clock messages for sync’ed devices
12. Send MIDI Vol & Pan CCs when user operates Vol & Pan controls in
13. Implement further automation which can be mapped to MIDI CCs and
send to the synth apps for filter sweeps etc.
14. Have a little MIDI Program select panel per track, save setting in
your project file and send it to the synth apps
BE INNOVATIVE AND DO THE INTERSTELLAR iOS DAW:
15. Implement automatic audio copy & paste for track freezing and
final audio mix down.
The increased focus on collaboration between iOS music app developers is rapidly eliminating many of the downsides to iOS as a music platform.
Check out the ideas outlined above. What do you think of Wöhrman’s take on the future of iOS DAW’s?