At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show‘s Advanced Audio & Application Exchange (A3E) session, Pete Brown of Microsoft gave a keynote that offers a preview of their new Windows 10 OS.
In the video, embedded below, Brown discusses:
- Audio and MIDI in Windows 10;
- The new AKAI MPC, which runs a version of Windows 10 Embedded;
- Xi-Machines custom Windows workstations for audio;
- Obedia high-performance audio workstations;
- DAWs that are working on Windows 10;
- Windows 10 audio performance statistics;
- Propellerhead Reason on Windows 10;
- The Windows Mobile port of Propellerhead Figure;
- Image-Line FL Studio and Windows 10;
- Bitwig Studio working on Windows 10; and
- A preview of Microsoft Hololens augmented reality system and virtual reality music software.
Brown says that, with Windows 10, Microsoft is ‘back in the game for pro audio and music’. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!
Key Features of Windows 10 for Musicians and Music Apps:
- Greater emphasis on traditional laptop/desktop users
- Universal app development – features & API’s available across all devices, promising more music app development for more devices
- New MIDI API – available across all devices (desktop, tablet, phone, etc), multi-client support, reduce jitter
- Improved audio stack performance – promises to shave approx 15ms off of audio latency, ‘opt-in’ to lower buffers for even lower latency
- ‘Opt-in’ dedicated audio core – option to move audio processing to dedicated processor core for improved performance
- WASAPI enhancements
- AudioGraph – new API, built on WASAPI, offers ‘higher-level constructs’ for working with audio
- New Codecs – FLAC, ALAC
- Web Audio – included in Microsoft Edge, lets you use browser-based music apps
Microsoft is also looking at adding support for some other features, some of which will be familiar to OS X users, in future versions of the OS:
- Thunderbolt 3
- Bluetooth MIDI
- Lower audio latency
- Audio aggregation and routing
- USB Audio 2 Class
- USB 3/3.1
- MIDI routing
Windows 10 is a free update for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Details on upgrading are available at the Microsoft site. Make sure your music apps and hardware are compatible before you update.
If you’ve used Windows 10, leave a comment and let us know what you’re using and how it’s working for you.