Open Mic: What Is The Role For Mobile Devices For Musicians?

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We just posted our 2014 Best Desktop DAW poll – and for the first time, mobile DAWs are getting sophisticated enough that we needed to distinguish between desktop and mobile DAWs.

WaveMachine Labs Auria turns an iPad into a 48-channel audio recording system. Steinberg’s Cubasis lets you record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. And new apps, like Korg Gadget, offer complete virtual studios.

But, while mobile music apps are getting very powerful, most electronic musicians still think that desktop operating systems are best for music making.

Which leads to our question for you….. Continue reading

ThumbJam Coming To Galaxy Note 4, Five Years After iOS Release

Sonosaurus has announced that the iOS instrument ThumbJam is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 ‘phablet’.

The announcement is good news for Android mobile musicians, because ThumbJam is one of the most playable mobile instruments. ThumbJam lets you customize how your gestures are mapped to expressive features like volume, filter or vibrato.

But the announcement also highlights how far Android is trailing iOS as a platform for mobile musicians. ThumbJam was released for iOS in 2009, close to five years ago. Continue reading

Social Mobile Music App, GrooveCloud, Coming To Android

This video demonstrates a distributed beat making session, using two Android tablets connected to the same GrooveCloud song.

Here’s what the developers have to say about GrooveCloud:

GrooveCloud is a collaborative music sequencer for the Android platform that enables users to make music together. Within GrooveCloud, songs can be composed by multiple musicians at the same time.

For example, imagine yourself arranging a drum pattern while a friend is taking care of the bass section and someone else is arranging the track. The interaction is also available in the mixer and the fx section, allowing remote set of the mix scene on all the devices connected.

GrooveCloud is designed to be a ‘social sequencer’, letting you interact with remote friends over the Internet, and connected to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. Continue reading

FL Studio 11.1 Adds MiniSynth, Support For iPad, Android Controllers

fl-studio-11-1Image-Line has released an update to FL Studio for Windows, version 11.1.

Here’s what they have to say about FL Studio 11.1:

FL Studio 11.1 is now available and we are really piling on the freebies this time round.

First, FL Studio 11.1 is FREE for existing customers under the Lifetime Free Update policy. FL Studio 11.1 includes support for the FREE and hugely popular Image-Line Remote Android and iOS MIDI remote controller application and a new FREE synthesizer MiniSynth, that also works as a crossover synth with FL Studio Mobile.

Here’s what’s new in FL Studio 11.1: Continue reading