Windows 8 is not the hit that Microsoft had hoped for.
It’s had lukewarm reception with tech analysts, when it was releasedÂ PC sales declined, it’s forced Microsoft to scale back its hardware ambitions and, most importantly, Synthtopia readers have greeted it with a collective ‘meh’.
So, why are we still talking about Windows 8?
Windows 8 may not be a mainstream hit, but we think it still holds unique promise for electronic musicians. It performs better than WIndows 7, and its support for multi-touch on ‘generic’ hardware opens the door for new types of instruments and music apps.
Rob Fielding, who’s behind several iOS instruments, is one of the developers exploring the creative potential of Windows 8. Here, Fielding demos a multi-touch microtonal instrument, running on a giant WIndows 8 touchscreen.
Fielding’s instrument is an early prototype, but it demonstrates the potential for Windows 8 to let developers create instruments and apps that would be impossible on other operating systems.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Do you want to see other developers explore the potential of Windows 8 for music apps?
I got basic fretting (loose fretting… it won’t completely prevent quartertones, etc if you play them exactly), and legato rules. I am back to the ChucK engine while I get better acquainted with SuperCollider coding. This is just a Windows 8 based OSC controller. It works running into ChucK or SuperCollider