Not only does it show how to make a reese bass but it also shows how flexible SunVox really is!
Remember that all that he makes, in the end can be packed into one module...
This just proves my point that it is impossible to make well produced songs with Android!
Ha ha... Excellent work Skarabee!
As in-app purchase.
As in-app purchase.
This expensive (for Android apps) synthesizer is for sale just for one day. Buying it as an in-app option. DO not know exactly when the sale finish but just bought it myself. So depending on location etc...
Looked at it before and it seems like a good thing to have. One of the main selling points is that it is possible to use it as a VSTi/AU/iOS plugin sharing the presets. My disappointment though is that they sell separately for around 40€...
The interesting developer/s Former Space Marine Software have just released a new granula app that comes with just three controls but it is possible to coax out a lot of variety and timbres out of it. It comes with some samples that are pretty useful and there is possibility to move samples into a SD-card or into device memory. Which is for me important when it comes to granular apps so it is possible to get the right tuning for using with compositions.
Recommended for anyone looking for some glitchy/experimental sound manipulations to play with. And yes for free with no publicity!
Google Play info:
Start making the grainy soundscapes of your dreams with this sound-mangling granular synthesizer. Granular synthesis takes grains from existing sounds and spits them out in new combinations to make new sounds. Use your finger to play your own audio files or just use the ones that come with the app.
Got a little bit mixed review on Google Play... First four five stars then two one stars!
The BOSS Tuner app brings BOSS’s trusted and world-renowned chromatic tuning technology to Android mobile devices. Available as a free download, the convenient app features the familiar look and intuitive display style of the best-selling TU-3 pedal tuner. Using the mic in your Android device, you can tune a guitar, bass and other instruments like violin, cello, brass, etc.
- Provides hands-free chromatic tuning for a variety of instruments
- Audible reference pitch function for tuning by ear
- Supports horizontal screen to enlarge meter view
- Tuning range: A#0 (29.14 Hz)--G8 (6,271.93 Hz)
- Tuning accuracy: +/- 1 cent
- Newsfeed for the latest BOSS info
While planning to do a review I got this very nice first impressions of Music Studio and so I talked to the writer whose name is Robin and posting his reflections and think that will give anyone a pretty clear idea of what to expect from Music Studio.
I agree with most things with some differences. I am not as fond of the sequencer as Robin is, it took me some time to get into the flow.
The sounds are well put together and it is easy to get some well produced music straight out of the box and like said by Robin there is a lot of good orchestral instruments. It is the same developer as of FL Studio Mobile and it is very similar. This will change when both applications do their next big upgrades.
One thing that Music Studio does have though is a demo version so people can test the app first in difference to FL Studio Mobile.
Here is Robin's first impressions:
I have been using it on a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2012) GT-N8010, running 4.4.2, and haven't noticed any performance problems other than audio latency, but more on that later. I have also tried it on my phone (Acer E380, running 4.2.2) and it seems similarly responsive and handles all of the demo tracks without any problems which bodes well.
Things I like.
1. The quality of the samples used is generally very good - though they should be good considering the size of the app. I've not used FL Studio Mobile, so I don't know how their sounds compare but the Symphonic orchestral sounds are as good as I've experienced on android. The only challenger would be the free Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra samples, which can be used with Audio Evolution, G Stomper and even Sunvox. I don't currently have it installed so i haven't made a direct comparison yet. The other, non-orchestral instruments seem equally good. For electronic, synthesiser sounds, I don't really think it begins to compare to the endless customisable options found in apps like G Stomper and Sunvox but that's okay - they're still perfectly useable.
Edit: Since writing the above I stumbled on the information that the Symphonic instruments in Music Studio actually are made using the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra (SSO) samples. I thought I should just check with the developer to make sure. Here is what they said:
"Music Studio’s SSO instruments are indeed the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra: http://sso.mattiaswestlund.net"
Here’s the story behind it:
Back in 2013, this forum post caught my attention:
We were amazed by the quality and decided that we wanted to include the instruments in the app for free. So we asked Matthias Westlund, got permission, edited and fine-tuned the samples for Music Studio’s instr file format and published them in the Music Studio 2.4 update, see
So, there it is: Music Studio comes with the complete SSO pre-installed. Yes, this is available for free anyway but it IS very good, has been optimised for Music Studio and all the instruments can have the same parameters changed (Volume, Offset, Attack and Release - which can introduce more variety than you might think) just like any other instrument. It also means that if you want to export your Midi from Music Studio into a different DAW, you could use the same SSO samples and retain the same sound quality. All in all, it can only be a good thing - unless you're very short of storage space perhaps - we should all thank Matthias Westlund for putting the SSO together and making it free - it is an invaluable resource for anyone who can't afford commercial sample sets.)
2. I really like the velocity control aspect of the onscreen keyboard. Unless I've missed it in the settings of other apps, I don't think it is there but I can imagine it's a feature which will be adopted by many other apps very soon. I emailed the developer of Music Studio requesting that moving your fingers vertically on the keys might alter the volume/velocity in real time. They've added it to the 'to do' list so hopefully it'll be implemented.
3. The pinch and swipe on the top part of the screen for moving and resizing works very nicely on all screens.
4. The ability to record the Filter effect in real time is a nice touch though, when you consider what Sunvox is capable of capturing in real time, all apps should really be able to capture parameter changes in real time by now.
5. My favourite feature is probably the piano roll editor. The simple use of traditional musical notation symbols for the note duration really helps and makes it very intuitive for someone like me who doesn't have a background in, or much knowledge of, editing midi. Having those options right there onscreen instead of having to change note duration via a drop down list is very convenient and makes doing so very quick. Moving the crosshair over the grid, with the notes sounding as one does so, and pressing 'ok' to place a note is also very quick and easy. The only improvement i would suggest would be that, when placing a note at a point where other notes already exist, all of those notes be sounded as a chord (I have suggested it and it has been added the 'to do' list, so fingers crossed). That said, it is, for me, the best Midi editor of all that I have yet encountered and it will be my go to app for that purpose from now on.
6. Audio scrubbing when sliding the cursor through the score is useful.
7. The use of the accelerometer to control the pitch for the keyboard and to control the filter effect is a nice use of the specific capabilities of mobile devices.
8. Comprehensive help section and downloadable user manual (though it is for the iOS version so you need to ignore the functions that don't exist yet on Android). Developers are responsive and very helpful too.
Things I don't like.
1. There's no audio latency compensation. This means, depending on device and android version perhaps, the app can only really currently be used for Midi and not for audio multitracking. Again, I mentioned this in my email to the developer and, again, it has been added to the 'to do' list. I cited Audio Evolution as the app which manages to implement latency compensation perfectly so hopefully they will manage to do so as well.
2. It is a huge app. Of course this is because of the quality of the samples and so understandable, but it would be good to have the option to install a stripped down version to use on devices with less storage available. I suggested this to the developer and he said it was something they'd thought about but that it would mean they themselves would have to host the downloadable content and would also involve a lot of work so they couldn't say if or when it would happen. Fair enough.
3. The app icon. In the new economic reality that mobile devices and apps have created for software, the price of Music Studio puts it at the premium end of the market. Of course it's just a personal opinion but, for me, the app icon doesn't reflect this. It doesn't stand out from the crowd, isn't instantly recognisable and doesn't do what an icon should do. Does this matter? Not really, but I can't imagine anyone seeing the app in a list on the Play Store and being intrigued to investigate it based on the app icon - it could be so much better.
4. Selecting an audio segment and pressing the button which is supposed to copy and paste that segment to the end of itself, pastes it instead to the beginning of the next measure. I don't know if that's a bug or by design but it doesn't seem right to me.
5. Unless I've missed it, there's no loop making function which is a shame.
I really like the app and can see myself using it a lot especially for the quality of the sounds and the ease of piano roll editing/composition. Currently, on my devices, the lack of latency compensation, means it can't really be used for audio recording. Hopefully this will get sorted though and if, as the developers say on their website, the Android and iOS versions will be consolidated in version 3 later this year, it will become a very, very capable app as the iOS version apparently already has some great features not yet in the Android version such as the use of user created samples, with sample editor and sample/drum pads.
I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a midi composition app with high quality samples, particularly orchestral ones, built in.
For people with a lot of Soundfonts this could be very interesting. As it is possible to play midi files and change Soundfonts directly and it is also possible to hook up a midi keyboard.
Have not tried it but it is for free and will probably install it sooner or later.
Google Play info:
Midi player powered by fluidsynth with fast switching of soundfonts and USB Midi Keyboard.
- Listen to midi files with your custom instruments packed inside SoundFont files.
- SoundFont + midi sounds same on every device they are played. Whereas midi alone plays different on different devices.
- Switch to soundfonts fast!. Depends upon Soundfont size.
- Test soundfont instruments with a small piano.
- Connect USB Midi Keyboard to play notes from soundfont instruments. M-Audio KeyRig 49 was tested.
- Supports Pitch Bend / Pitch wheel of USB MIDI Keyboard.
- Make your own *soundfonts with recorded sound and *produce many different musics from 1 midi file.
- Load any soundfont and it will play music from the available instruments. Means make soundfont with 5 instruments and play midi with it.
What it is not? (at least up to this version)
- Not a soundfont editor or maker.
- Inbult SoundFont is copied to //app_data/SoundfontMidiPlayer/
select it from this directory.
- If tapping a midi file doesn't starts playing quickly doesn't mean player is taking time but there is some silence in music itself.
- More info in about section of app.
- Change icon.
- More piano notes.
- Seek bar for seeking music position.
- Show reverb, chorus enable/disable option. Pro*
- Write to disk session. It will save every audio to ogg file. Pro*
* Pro features are for pro version of app. its under development.
- Temporarily hack instruments inside soundfont. Example change a piano sound with your voice. To test how your voice becomes music of midi!
- Export midi as rmid as self contained music. Means Midi + required soundfont instruments in one file.
- If possible i will try mod xm it etc module music export. However it can take many months or years because rmid is enough for now.
- Most of midi used from www.vgmusic.com.
- Only those soundfonts, midi musics are use which had permissive license. However some license were hard to find. Musics are remake/remixes and may resemble an OST. In that case please let me know if you have problem with distribution of the musics. I will remove them :/
- The assets used were used with the purpose of giving a demo of audio produced by this app.
Powered by unmodified FluidSynth 1.1.6
Website for further details http://www.fluidsynth.org
After laying dormant for years after first release it got updated and became much more useful. Now already after a short time a second great update as it now can load four sound sources on different tracks!
Remember that it can also do direct recording. So if you have any interest in granular synthesis or experimental sound design this is kind of a must now as there is not anything close to this on Android. Plus being a lot of fun! If it is confusing at first do not give up as it will soon yield its secrets with some persistence.
One of the oldest music apps and one that was good from the beginning but have developed in a steady pace into the monster that we have today.
It is good that we have developers like this as otherwise making music with Android would be a sad experience indeed. In my opinion there is six outstanding apps on Android and amongst them there is three I do not want to live without G-Stomper being one of them. And it have been shocking to me how much have been added just in the last year! Like being the first serious sampler with velocity layers etc is pretty incredible.
Well plus a lot of more crazy goodness and possibilities!
Actually there is too much to be said about G-Stomper that if it has not been looked into it is highly recommendable.
There is a free demo or-
To celebrate the fifth birthday Andreas the developer have given Musical Android 20 promocodes to give away! So send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and the first twenty persons will get a code.
There is also further gifts in form of sample packs wtih sound sets that got released for free that looks mighty good as well that can be found on the G-Stomper website:
SO BIG UP ANDREAS AND G-STOMPER STUDIO!!!
MAY YOU AND G-STOMPER LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!
Finally here is a birthday track that JYNXY made using only G-Stomper Studio of course!
Robin that have been collaborating lately with Musical Android just tipped me off that this very interesting experimental application/album release have gone free. Do not know for how long... but think that even if there is no love for Björk it is worth checking out as it is one of the first interactive albums made (Specially as an application). It is a big download but if there is space...
Thanks Robin for sharing, that is great!
Interesting... Even though there seems to be some bugginess.
The ten year old in me like that there is very easy to play spy with secret recording by changing the interface.
Google Play info:
Handy and functional voice recorder for the smartphones and Android Wear watches!
Record your conversations, lectures, meetings and anything you want with very simple and intuitive interface. The app is designed both for watches and smartphones.Features:
· The all-new Material design;
· Sound quality customisation (choice of the optimal modes);
· Dropbox & Google drive
· Echo suppression and noise filtering, silence skipping;
· Work in the background (when the display is off);
· Autostart when you start;
· Invisible Recording (replaces an icon in the notification bar, so nobody can see that the recording is launched)
· Synchronise the watch (if any);
· Manage audio recordings (share, delete, rename)
Important! A moto 360 has a bug. At the time when a watch activated an opportunity to say "ok google" mic stops working in other applications, despite the fact that the recording is already underway. If you turn off the display, go to the Settings menu, or open any other application (it is important that there were no available "ok google") sound recording is restored. For normal operation, you should keep the app open.
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