Music software company Cakewalk today announced the availability of Music Creator 6 Touch on Steam, a popular gaming and entertainment software platform (Portal, Counter-Strike, etc).
Music Creator 6 Touch works on any Windows 7 or 8 PC to create original music.The software has tools, loops, instruments, and FX needed to create, edit, and mix music. Users can share their music using SoundCloud to post music on Facebook and Twitter (or the “old fashioned” way, by burning a CD).
Music Creator 6 Touch also adds touch support for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks and other Windows 8 touch-enabled devices. Using the same multi-touch gestures familiar to smartphone users, musicians can interact directly with Music Creator 6 Touch on their computer screen for a groundbreaking experience.
Previously available as a download from Cakewalk’s store, Music Creator 6 Touch is is the first major music title to appear on Steam, Valve’s game and entertainment delivery platform.
Pricing and availability: Music Creator 6 Touch is available for $49.99/£39.99/?49.99 on the Cakewalk Store and Steam. Visit Cakewalk for more information.
Cakewalk has released Music Creator 6 Touch, the first version of its Windows personal music studio app that’s multi-touch enabled.
- Create, record, edit, and mix your music using the ‘Skylight’ user interface
- 32 audio tracks and 128 instrument tracks
- Includes 6 virtual instruments
- FX including Reverb, EQ, more
- Overloud TH2 Creator amp simulator
- Integrated Step Sequencer
- Trigger audio and MIDI loops using the Matrix View for real-time performance and remixing
- Drag and drop loops, instruments, FX, and project templates from the built-in Browser
- Use any Windows 8 touch enabled device and interact directly with the software using your hands
Here’s a video intro to Music Creator 6 Touch: Continue reading
It looks like musicians wanting Windows-based multi-touch computers may have have to pay a premium.
Windows 8 RT devices – multi-touch ARM-powered computers – appear to be dead on arrival. Microsoft has cut production of its Surface devices in half after weak sales. And sales of third-party Windows 8 RT devices have been ‘almost non-existent’.
While the devices impressed many tech analysts when they were introduced, they failed to interest buyers. Technology research firm NPD Group reports that sales of Windows computers have actually declined significantly since the release of Windows 8, dropping a whopping 21% from the same time last year.
It’s too early to know why people aren’t buying – but Microsoft confused a lot of people with its Windows 8 introduction. And the idea of a Windows tablet/computer that doesn’t run Windows software hasn’t proven to be appealing to buyers, either.
Should musicians upgrade to Microsoft’s new Windows 8?
Based on initial reports, few Windows users are rushing to upgrade.
But musicians have unique requirements, and Windows 8 promises to deliver better performance for music programs and to allow for new types of Windows multi-touch apps. As iOS developer Rob Fielding (Mugician, Geo Synth) puts it, “Microsoft realizes that music apps are going to push the touch hardware the way that games apps pushed parallel processing.”
Should you upgrade? We’ve received a lot of feedback from readers on Windows 8 already. It falls into four main categories:
Botanicus Interacticus is a new technology, developed by Disney researchers, for creating expressive interactive plant controllers, both living and artificial. Touches can be translated into control signals for music or visuals.
This video, via TheVerge, is an overview from the 2012 NAMM Show floor of the Smithson Martin Emulator KS-1974 multi-touch control surface.