Mobile Music Making More Than A Trend – iOS Is Now Bigger Than Windows

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It looks like mobile music making – especially with iOS devices – is here to stay.

Sales of iOS devices, which have been increasing steadily for seven years straight, caught up with sales of Windows computers in June: Continue reading

n-Track Debuts Musical Collaboration App, Songtree

The creators of iOS / Windows DAW, n-Track Studio, today released Songtree, an app for the collaborative creation of musical tracks.

Designed to be easy to use and with a branching “tree” interface, Songtree enables the evolution of a single song along different paths (branches, we suppose, if you’re going to stick with the tree analogy). Whenever another user overdubs or adds to an existing song, a new branch gets added to the “song-tree.”

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Marshall Intros London Android Smartphone For Audio

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Marshall today introduced the London – an Android smartphone, designed with audio in mind.

Marshall London audio features include:

  • dual headphone jacks, which can be used for queuing with DJ software;
  • dual microphones, for recording in stereo;
  • dual speakers, which Marshall says make the London ‘the loudest mobile phone on earth; and
  • several music apps.

While the Marshall London boasts unique audio features and a premium phone price (about US $600), the phone’s other specifications have been described as ‘pretty low end’.

As for audio latency, which has been the primary show-stopper for Android music software, Marshall says that the London’s Android Lollipop OS provides ‘low latency audio input ensures that music and communication applications provide an amazing realtime experience.”

Since they only mention audio input, it’s unclear yet whether the London will offer the audio performance required for interactive music apps, where low-latency audio input, low-latency audio output, fast audio processing and low-latency touchscreen control are all required.

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Cross DJ For Android Updated

Mixvibes has released a new version of their DJ app for Android devices, Cross DJ Pro.

The updated Cross DJ Pro has several new features:

  • Color: users can change the color of each deck (7 colors available, 49 combinations)
  • New portrait view switches device orientation to a portrait view – a single player, bigger controls
  • Multiple design/interface improvements, from the library (redesigned in accordance with Android Lollipop standards) to the beatmatcher
  • “Drastic” performance enhancements, including decoding engine, track loading time and battery consumption
  • Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 support

Pricing & availability. Cross DJ Pro is available now, for 4,99€ / $4.99 / £4.99, via the Google Play store.  There is also a “lite” free version. The update is free for all current users.

IK Multimedia’s Android Audio Interface, iRig UA, Now Shipping

IK Multimedia is now shipping iRig UA, their digital effects processor and audio interface for Android device users.

When used with its companion app AmpliTube UA, iRig UA provides “high-quality” sound and “zero-latency, real-time” audio processing for nearly any Android smartphone or tablet (running 4.2 or later, OTG USB mode).

iRig UA’s design utilizes an on-board digital signal processor (DSP) to move all audio processing onto the iRig UA, providing zero-latency performance and what IK Multimedia calls “a truly superior playing experience.” In addition, iRig UA can also be used as a digital recording interface, when connected to a Samsung Professional Audio compatible device with Android 5.0.
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Monoplugs Releases Metronom, A MIDI Master Metronome

Monoplugs, maker of the BStep Seqencer, has just released its newest product, Metronom, a “very powerful” metronome app and MIDI master clock.

Metronom is, as you might have guessed, a metronome with all the essential features of a metronome and support for non-standard time signatures, bundled with what developer Thomas Arndt touts as “a bunch of bonus features like an advanced speed and rhythm trainer. ”
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IK Multimedia AmpliTube Now Available For Android Users

Today, IK Multimedia announced the release of AmpliTube UA, a real-time guitar amp and effects processing app for use on Android phones and tablets.  AmpliTube UA works as a stand-alone app, but is intended for use as the companion app to the (soon-to-be-released) iRig UA universal digital interface.

AmpliTube UA gives musicians with Android devices (version 4.2 or higher which support USB host mode/USB OTG) the ability to “experience the flexibility and full tonal power” of a portable customizable guitar rig complete with 3 stompbox effects, an amplifier, a cabinet and a microphone.
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iDisplay Lets You Use An iPad As An Additional Display

In the latest episode of the iOS Update, host Mitch Gallagher takes a look at iDisplay, a screen-sharing app that allows you to use your iPad as an additional monitor for your desktop computer.

Along the way, Gallagher covers several ways that iDisplay can be used with desktop music software.  Continue reading