NI Maschine + MS Surface Pro

Synthtopia reader Michael Dennis Raleigh shared a recent experiment, using a Microsoft Surface Pro to run Native Instruments’ Maschine:

“I just tested out combining Maschine + the MS Surface pro, here are the results… It gave out after two minutes. However, I was running 5 reaktor vst’s, 3 massive vst’s, and samples for beats. The program, plus all samples, were stored on a micro SD card. The audio driver was stock from MS (not AISO4ALL).”

More information about what worked for Raleigh (and what didn’t) making music on a Surface Pro is detailed on the video’s page on YouTube.

Microsoft Intros Surface 2, Surface Music Kit – Are They Enough For You To Consider A Windows Tablet?

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Microsoft today announced that the second generation of its Microsoft Surface family of tablets. It also announced new accessories for the Surface tablet computers, including a pressure-sensitive DJ controller.

Two new Surface models, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, along with an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories, will be available at Microsoft retail stores and retailers in 22 initial markets. Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 benefit from improvements to processing power and battery life, to display and camera resolution and to the Kickstand.

The first generation of Microsoft Surface devices failed to make a dent in the popularity of iPad and Android tablets. Will Microsoft have more success this time around? Check out the details and let us know what you think!

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Microsoft Windows 8, Surface Tablets Get Multi-Touch Music Apps From Wizdom

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While Google’s Android hasn’t developed into a strong music platform yet, it looks like Microsoft Windows 8 and tablets like the Microsoft Surface might.

Here’s a sneak preview, by Jordan Rudess, of two of his apps, running on a Microsoft Surface tablet. In the video, Rudess demos MorphWiz and Tachyon.

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Takes On iPad, Android

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Microsoft today introduced Surface, their response to the Apple iPad and Android tablets.

And it looks like the world of tablets is going to get a lot more interesting, fast.

Microsoft positions Surface as ‘a new family of PCs for Windows’, very different than they way Apple has positioned the iPad as a ‘post-pc’ device. And Microsoft seems to be doing a good job of executing their vision, introducing a stylish tablet that nevertheless emphasizes the company’s Windows strengths.

Two models of Surface will be available:

  • one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT; and
  • one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft Surface looks like it could be a very interesting development in the world of tablet computers. Microsoft is taking a different approach than Apple, imagining tablets as ultra-lightweight PCs. This vision could be compelling for a lot of Windows users. And, if pricing is right, Surface could put the squeeze on Android tablets.

We’ll be very interested to see how Surface for Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro develops as a music platform. Check out the details and let us know what you think!

Here’s what Microsoft has to say about Microsoft Surface:

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