The next Akai MPC workstation may run Windows 8, based on a sneak preview of a MPC prototype that Akai and Microsoft showcased at Microsoft’s Build 2014 – a developer conference held April 2-4 in San Francisco.
The new MPC hardware, above, looks like a bit like a modified MPC Renaissance, with a much larger screen. The OS it runs on is Windows Embedded Industry 8.1, a version of Windows 8.1 that’s designed for running custom hardware systems, rather than standard PCs. Continue reading
2014 NAMM Show: Here’s a sneak preview of the upcoming Reactable for Windows 8 multitouch PCs. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a little Windows multi-touch music making, with nucleon & sacco at the 2013 Image-Line developers meet. Continue reading
When Microsoft released Windows 8 and its line of Surface tablets, we reported that Surface RT tablets are DOA, but that Windows 8 beats Windows 7 for audio and that Windows 8 music apps could be huge.
Yeah – those last two predictions didn’t work out so well for us. Windows 8 has been panned by users and blamed for causing the “most precipitous PC decline in history.”
Now Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 – an update that adds some new features, but more importantly, fixes some of the things people hated about Win 8. Is it enough to make you reconsider the OS? Check out the details and let us know what you think! Continue reading
This video, by Nucleon, demonstrates a Windows 8 tablet music making setup, using FL Studio and new controllers, introduced this week by Novation. Continue reading
Image Line has released FL Studio Groove for Windows 8, a new sequencing app optimized for touch-based music making.
Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading
feelyoursound.com has released XotoPad, a software that turns Windows computers into MIDI touch controllers.
XotoPad is designed to work best with Windows 8 and a touchscreen computer. The application offers four banks, each with many pads. Each pad, in turn, can either trigger MIDI notes or chords, or work as an X/Y controller for MIDI CC data.
XotoPad Features: Continue reading
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