IK Multimedia has announced that it plans to showcase low-latency Android music solutions at the 2015 NAMM Show.
IK Multimedia says that they will ‘present a universal solution that provides near zero latency and real-time audio processing’ on a wide assortment of Android devices (running Android 4.0 or higher and compatible with USB host mode/OTG mode) at NAMM 2015.
Near-Zero Latency Promised
Despite representing over 80% market share of mobile devices in circulation, Android has not established itself as a reliable music creation platform.
IK attributes this to three things:
- Android’s performance, which they say is ‘not suitable for real-time processing’;
- fragmentation of the platform across dozens of manufacturers and carriers; and
- the problem that, even with Android 5.0, ‘the platform still lacks the ability to perform rock-solid real time ultra low latency audio processing’.
They plan on addressing these issues by creating a low-latency audio system and sharing it with manufacturers:
IK Multimedia has solved this problem with a paradigm shift of a universal solution that delivers astonishing near zero latency performance (down to 2 ms round-trip total latency) on every Android device running Android 4.0 or higher and that supports USB host mode/OTG mode independently from the device manufacturer.
This solution will be made available to the hundreds of millions of devices in circulation from manufacturers like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, HTC, Xiaomi and more. Finally, the capability for using the Android platform for serious music making and performance has arrived.
There are a couple of other issues that have challenged developers for the Android platform: higher touchscreen latency and lower profits on the platform.
IK’s biggest challenge will probably be driving enough adoption, on a fragmented platform, to make their software a de facto standard. Interestingly, Android’s fragmentation is an issue that they say that their solution will address.
We expect to have more information from IK at the NAMM Show, later this month.
via aymat, IK Multimedia