Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures Chris Randall jamming with ‘Yet Another Touchscreen Music App’.
Here’s what he has to say about it: Continue reading
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.
Cakewalk has released Music Creator 6 Touch, the first version of its Windows personal music studio app that’s multi-touch enabled.
Here’s a video intro to Music Creator 6 Touch: Continue reading
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.
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.