When Microsoft released Windows 8 and its line of Surface tablets, we reported that Surface RT tablets are DOA, but that Windows 8 beats Windows 7 for audio and that Windows 8 music apps could be huge.
Yeah – those last two predictions didn’t work out so well for us. Windows 8 has been panned by users and blamed for causing the “most precipitous PC decline in history.”
Now Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 – an update that adds some new features, but more importantly, fixes some of the things people hated about Win 8. Is it enough to make you reconsider the OS? Check out the details and let us know what you think! Continue reading
Mobile app firm Agawi has released the results of its TouchMarks II research, which compares the touchscreen latency of flagship tablets running Android, Windows RT, and iOS.
Touchscreen latency measures the length of time it takes for devices to react to touches. Faster is better, especially for musicians that do realtime music-making on mobile devices.
Agawi benchmarked the touchscreen latencies of leading tablets, including iPads, Microsoft’s Surface and several Android tablets, including Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD. They also tested the Nvidia Shield – an Android-based gaming device. Continue reading
Android, despite being the top mobile operating system, hasn’t taken off as a music platform, like iOS. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to make music.
Time Elapses – A Journey is a short time-lapse film, that features a soundtrack created on Android. The track, titled Moonlight Mood, is by Nishit Gajjar, who composed it in Caustic for Android.
Latency problems with audio on Android have long been recognized as a barrier to the development of music software on the platform. Android developers have had to fight with audio latency that can be 50 times as long as it is on iOS, making many types of music apps unusable.
That’s not the only problem facing Android music app developers, though. Mobile analytics firm Open Signal reports that two other issues are growing problems for Android developers: device fragmentation and OS fragmentation.
Device fragmentation, illustrated by the patchwork quilt of thousands of Android devices above, means that buyers “can get exactly the phone they want – big or small, cheap or expensive, with any number of different feature combinations”.
To app developers, though, device fragmentation means that their apps need to work on a rapidly growing number of unique devices. Last year, Open Signal identified about 4,000 unique Android devices. This year, that number had tripled. Continue reading
Imaginando has recently launched an Android-friendly version of its LIVKONTROL Ableton Live controller. The company says this is “the world’s first dedicated Ableton Live remote controller for Android.”
The controller has a simple-yet-functional interface, and all the main control features are at a distance of a finger. Alternative application views are toggled via multi-touch gestures for a simpler user experience.
LIVKONTROL also works as an Ableton Live remote controller for mobile devices, with its plug-and-play connection to Ableton Live, using LKBRIDGE. Continue reading
This video captures a discussion by Peter Brinkmann at droidcon 2013 on Music on Mobile Devices, focusing on MIDI and libpd.
Here’s what Brinkmann has to say about his presentation: Continue reading
Developer Raph Levien let us know about Music Synthesizer For Android – a free and open source (Apache 2 license) software synth. It’s available now in the Google Play store.
Here’s what Levien has to say about Music Synthesizer For Android: Continue reading
Hexler has release a new version of TouchOSC, a customizable multi-touch music controller app, and it’s now available for both iOS and Android.
Here’s what’s new in version 1.9:
- Support for iPhone5
- Support for custom layout sizes
- Support for more MIDI message types (All controls now support Control Change, Note, Program Change, Poly Pressure, Channel Pressure and Pitch Bend messages)
- Added XY control MIDI mapping mode (Placing 2 or 3 fingers on the control will send only x or y messages)
- New iPhone5 layout: Automat5
- Fixed handling of UTF-8 encoded strings in both application and editor
- Fixed naming issues with virtual CoreMIDI connections (iOS)
- Removed support for MIDIMobilizer Mk I (Please use a CoreMIDI compatible accessory, i.e. MIDIMobilizer Mk II, instead)