This video is a profile of the DigiEnsemble Berlin – a group of musicians that are dedicated to exploring the potential of mobile devices for music.
The group meets regularly and arranges music, both classical and popular, for various mobile devices running music applications.
At the core of what they do is a provocative question:
Can we use mass-produced mobile devices to ‘convey the actual emotion and meaning that we feel in our bodies and which we wish to express? Or is this app music….for the players themselves?”
This question – whether mass-produced mobile devices can really be instruments – has been the source of much debate, here and elsewhere. What makes the work of the DigEnsemble Berlin interesting, though, is that they are trying to answer this question, not by debating – but by playing.
This video, via imageline, demos FL Studio Mobile for Android in its current state.
Items ported from the iOS version included:
- Drum pads
- Track editor
- Step editor
- Playback & Recording
- Instrument screen (categories to do)
- Project screen (.flm files from the iOS version can be loaded)
- Loading screen
AudioBus – the upcoming inter-application audio system for iOS – is the subject of the inaugural Touch Music Podcast.
The first episode features AudioBus developers Sebastian Dittmann and Michael Tyson, along with hosts Tim Webb, Sean Walker and Chip Boaz.
Developer RobStar UG has introduced Square Beats – a simple music sequencer for iOS devices.
Square Beats starts by presenting a set of squares that represent steps in a sequence. Tap on one of these squares to activate its sound. Hit some more and you have your first loop. Pinch Out and you can move on to create additional instrument loops and then export to an audio file or to SoundCloud.
And, as the developer notes, “Square Beats looks freaking cool, too.”
IK Multimedia is now shipping its $39.99 mic interface for iOS devices, iRig Pre.
- 40 cm (15.75″) TRRS cable to connect
- to any iOS device headset jack
- XLR input connector for microphones
- Gain control
- +48 V phantom power
- Headphone output
- On/Off switch
- Power/Phantom Power provided by 9V battery
- Battery life is approximately 30 hours with dynamic microphones and 10 hours with phantom powered condenser studio microphones
- Compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.
iOS 6 was released yesterday – and 15% of Synthtopia’s mobile readers have probably already upgraded.
If you haven’t upgraded yet, though, you may want to wait, if you use your device for mobile music making. Reader Mark Mosher reports that several apps have problems.
Based on his testing, both PPG WaveGenerator and Akai SynthStation crash under iOS, immediately after the splash screens are displayed. Mosher notes that “I?ve been in touch with Wolfgang Palm and they are aware of the problem and working on a fix.”
Most of the apps Mosher tested seemed to work just fine, including TC-11, iElectribe, iMS-2o, Lemur, Magellan, Animoog, NanoStudio and others. See Mosher’s site for the rundown on apps he tested.
If you have already upgraded to iOS 6, let us know your experiences!