New App, StaffPad, ‘The Most Natural Way To Write Music On A Digital Device, Ever’

StaffPad is a new pen-friendly music notation application for Windows 8.1 and Surface.

StaffPad features advanced handwriting recognition, and will convert your music into a typeset score. Simply write your music straight on to the screen, using your device’s pen. As you move from bar to bar, StaffPad will convert your handwriting into an ‘engraved’ score. You can draw notes, beams, stems, articulations, accidentals, slurs, ties and more.

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Can The New 12″ Microsoft Surface 3 Replace Both Your Tablet And Your Laptop?


Microsoft today introduced the Surface Pro 3 — a lightweight tablet that they want to replace both your tablet and your laptop.

With the Surface Pro line, Microsoft has been trying to convince buyers that its ‘best of both worlds’ approach to hybrid tablets makes more sense than the Apple’s approach, creating best-in-class, dedicated tablet and laptop devices. Microsoft positions the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet + laptop that’s more powerful than an iPad and lighter than an MacBook Air:

Multiple processor, RAM and storage options intersect with a sleek design that, with a simple snap or click, transform the device from a perfectly balanced tablet to a full-functioning laptop and back again – all in a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air.

Its stunning 12-inch display and new, continuous kickstand provide the screen real estate and multiple viewing angles people need for work and play. And the new Surface Pen – completely redesigned with form and function in mind – delivers a precise, luxurious drawing and note-taking experience with a single click of the pen.

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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?


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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