A true pioneer. May his music live on for ages to come!
Mmmm SunVox gets mentioned and Bandlab.... In general maybe most of you know these already but it is a good reminder and found out that Native Instruments released a whole bunch of free stuff!
Developers can start to delve into future goodness but we can also take a look at what is coming. Maybe the biggest news are with Midi.
Native MIDI APIFor apps that perform their audio processing in C++, Android Q introduces a native MIDI APIto communicate with MIDI devices through the NDK. This API allows MIDI data to be retrieved inside an audio callback using a non-blocking read, enabling low latency processing of MIDI messages. Give it a try with the sample app and source code here.
To read the whole thing and to lay your hands on the midi NDK go here:
In 2005, Guitar Hero kicked off an overwhelming craze of music games, but through a lack of evolving the core game, the cost of set-up, and oversaturating their own market, the iconic game series died out. There was a revival attempt a few years back but, as you’ll know, it couldn’t resurrect the genre.
But, in the years since Guitar Hero and Rock Band faded from the spotlight, a new age of music-themed games has arisen thanks to the mobile games market. From the Android Play Store and on gaming platforms available through Chrome, people are falling in love with the duet of gaming and music once again.
Through the first few months of 2019, these are the games spurring the music-themed comeback.
Using famous music to enhance the experience
One of the most popular forms of gaming on mobile right now is at online casinos. Through apps and mobile websites, the gaming platforms offer hundreds of games so that everyone can find something that they can enjoy.
When it comes to music themed slotmachines, there is a huge range to enjoy, many of which feature the real tracks from real musicians – an element often not included in music game apps. For a long time now, the NetEnt titles Guns 'N' Roses and Jimi Hendrix have dominated the game genre, offering a set list of the very best tracks from the legendary performers as well as exciting features that are in tune with the musicians which they’re themed upon.
But it’s not just real-world artists who inspire these music-themed games, with many original creations delivering a musical offering. Banana Rock, for example, features a rock star monkey and many rock ‘n’ roll features. The slot Reel Talent has also proven to be very popular, taking the form of a singing competition for animals.
Topping the Android app charts
In the ocean that is the Google Play Store, many music themed app games have come and gone. Many follow the same structure as the legendary Guitar Hero games, whereas others have been a little bit more inventive.
In March 2019, Tiles Hop: EDM Rush!, Dream Piano – Music Game, and Magic Tiles 3 have stood firm as the top music themed app games. Tiles Hop delivers an exciting EDM game in which you can upload and play your favourite songs and try to complete the challenges posed by the game. Dream Piano features rapid tapping gameplay with the incentive to progress and unlock more songs. Then Magic Tiles 3 has adopted much of the mechanics of Guitar Hero, featuring intense online battle modes.
One game series that has stood the test of time in the Play Store is SongPop. Now only on its second game, SongPop 2, it’s one of the highest grossing mobile games in the genre, with its unique combination of popular tracks and quizzing proving to be a popular mix.
The genre may not feature among mainstream video gaming, but on the smallest screen, music themed games are certainly holding their own, providing music fans with new ways to immerse themselves in their favourite tracks.
This is something magick! Nanoloop taking the step into its own hardware but with some very nice extra features... Analog filter, midi in and out and a mighty nice look.
Perfect for confusing fellow travelers on trains and buses...
For what it is the price is great. Less than a Volca but so much more exciting.
It is still on Kickstarter but is already fully funded. Took about a day...
Here is what is said:
The original nanoloop software started as a study project to explore the game-like character of making electronic music on little devices. Developed from ground up around the Game Boy’s button interface and tiny greyscale display, it introduced the 4×4 stepsequencer matrix and a simple, flat structure for easy access, with graphical elements reduced to a couple of dots and digits.
While the first version of nanoloop (still available as “nanoloop one”) relies on the Game Boy’s internal tone generators, subsequent variations have their very own sound:
Nanoloop two implements an FM-based software synthesizer on the Game Boy Advance’s 16 MHz CPU and the latest version nanoloop mono embeds a complete synth with true analog filters inside the cartridge.
The new nanoloop device merges these two approaches and combines FM with analog for maximum flexibility.
Installed this the other day and it is a nice instrument that allows for bends and slides with a player friendly layout. Would recommend for anyone that are using virtual instruments for one more flavor.
MuseLead is a multi-touch synthesizer performance surface to play music. It's a musical instrument that simulates the electric guitar. It has an interface similar to the IOS instrument GeoShred.
With MuseLead, you can achieve guitar sounds such as continuous bends, sweepings, shredding, tappings and more..
You can edit presets with a complete list of guitar pedals to achieve original tones.
Important notes :
MuseLead is a musical instrument that needs low latency for better performance. However, Android devices are not known for the best user experience in terms of audio latency, therefore, we invite you to check your device latency in the link below before downloading.
Muselead should work perfectly with the following devices :
- Google Pixel
- HTC Nexus 9
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
We also tested the application on these devices :
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Huawei Nova 3i
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Hp Slate 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J series
The application runs also on these devices but with lower performance
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T555
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
- Asus Laser 3
For all other devices please compare your audio latency in the link above.
Yapps only 145 episodes/18 hours of intense drama and comedy, this beats any series being shown right now. Me and my daughter is now at episode 119!
It gets more intense for each episode.
It does feel weird to pay for a tuner as there is so many free ones. But I had this for some time now and it is my favorite as it has some complimentary tricks up its sleeve and is a good thing to have for practicing singing...
Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator, metronome, and recorder that helps you learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat. Featuring a unique “tuning history” display for visualizing pitch over time, Tunable is the perfect toolkit for beginning to professional musicians.
★ Learn to play in tune with sustained pitch history ★
Visualize how steadily you play or sing. As notes are held out, a white line draws how steady the pitch is. The straighter the line, the more consistent the pitch.
★ Improve your ear with tone and chord generator ★
Need a reference tone or chord? Use the tone and chord generator to play and sustain chords with various tone options. Choose from different temperaments to hear how they compare.
★ Keep tempo with an accurate and simple metronome ★
See the pulse with a visual metronome. View subdivision and current beat, with a large display and visual flash.
★ Record and share ★
Record your practice and performances. Add reverb for a professional sound. Share recordings through e-mail, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more.
★ Features ★
• Large, colorful tuning indicator clearly shows when in tune (green fills the screen)
• Clear, visual tuner with note, octave, cents (+\-), and frequency (hz) display
• Tuning history to see how well you’re sustaining notes over time
• Especially suited for wind instruments and strings with note detection from Tuba to Piccolo (24hz to 15khz+)
• Horizontal and vertical tuning displays
• Adjustable A=440 reference tone
• Change between equal, just, pythagorean, and 18 other tuning temperaments
Tone and Chord Generator
• Chromatic Tone Generator with multiple tone options and sustain
• Play and sustain chords
• Auto Octave rounding for easy note access
• Large number display with visual flash to see the downbeat, subdivision, and pulse
• Adjust tempo, beats per measure, and subdivision
• See tempo markings to quickly jump between standard tempos
• Tempo Tap (tap metronome center to set a tempo)
• Continues to play when screen is locked or in the background
• Record and save unlimited recordings
• Share recordings through e-mail, SoundCloud, DropBox, and more
• Highly accurate (1/100 of a cent) and responsive
• Transpose notes to any instrument
• Dark and light themes
Tunable is a great tuner and works especially well for tuning wind and string instruments such as:
• Guitar, Ukelele
• Piccolo, Flute
• Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon
• Eb, Bb/A Soprano Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
• Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone
• Trumpet and Cornet
• French Horn
• Tenor and Bass Trombone
• Euphonium and Tuba
• Violin, Viola, Chello, and Bass
★ ★ ★ NOTE ★ ★ ★
Tunable v3 for Android will be in development but take several months to complete.
This has been on my radar for some time now... But had a hard time justifying buying just on the off chance that three suddenly would be time too start to learn drums... but still been there as it could be good to learn some drums just for programming or finger drumming... Today being for free of course it downloaded!
So when the there is time not being used for a hundred other things this will be a good thing to have already there. Or like my always plan... toilet learning... Right now there is a Spanish for dummies book there...
P.s Now an hour later did look into it and it is a nice one. A lot of musical styles with variations, very clear layout and possibilities to listen to drums and see the drum notation plus muting different drums like the snare etc... Plus video underneath if needing visual aid.
Real good for programming as well as it really shows you the rhythms plus that it can be used to practice drums/rhythms just using hands and feet... It is a little bit weird not to install this for free. Very useful app for learning to play real drums of course but also for programming, learning to finger drum etc.
Normally costs 7.50 euros...
Fl Studio after taking over the app development themselves have been continuously doing impressive updates. This is another great one. Sometimes there is temptation to get FL Studio when having money just because the app is embedded into it. Like a DAW inside a DAW... Wish they would release it as an VST for use in any DAW but guess that would not happen as it would be shooting themselves in the foot...
- Pitch & Time stretching with Tempo Sync for samples and loops
- Sync all samples (track header menu)
- Rendered songs/loops now contain embedded tempo data
- Stretching function in envelope, notes/drums editors (on selection)
- New demo tracks
Please, pretty please make a donation to
Musical android You can do it! It will feel amazing afterwards!!!