My favorite thing with vuKNOB is that is for free and with no ads and one of the most complete apps there is for Android. My second favorite thing is the JAM window and playing with arpeggiators that can be recorded and manipulated using one of the sound generators including a sampler. Well now it has the possibility outside of the scales that was already included to roll your own.
Android now has one more powerful application!
Have not tried it yet but it seems to me that it is like a very powerful SPC Music sketchpad.
Plus instruments and more/better effects etc.
One difference though is that SPC works on older devices and Stagelight demands a modern strong device to work good.
Have read and heard good things about it so it could be worth to check out the demo.
Play Store info:
Stagelight is the easiest and best way to create, share and play with music on Android tablets. Stagelight is packed full of music creation tools, step-by-step lessons, and an in-app store to suit every musical genre.
****Stagelight is free to download and demo on your device. Saving and Sharing is disabled until a Stagelight for Android License is purchased from our in-app store.****
From the basics of building your first beat, to learning how to record instruments, Stagelight’s SongBuilder lessons will help you learn how to make music quickly.
A loop-style production feature that allows you to mash up and record your favorite performances all with a single touch.
Access hundreds of free loops from our Loop Browser. Expand to thousands of loops covering multiple genres in the Stagelight in-app Store.
Record, arrange and edit your songs in Timeline Mode using our easy editing tools and advanced features such as automation.
Record audio using your tablet's built-in microphone or Class Compliant USB Audio device when running a supported Android 5.0+ device.
The piano that can't play wrong notes. Key Lock allows you to maintain the proper key of your song without ever hitting a bad note.
Built-in Instruments including:
- Integrated Drum Machine with Step Sequencer
- AutoFill: Simply swipe to create simple beats
- Built-in Drum Editor controls and affects your drum sounds
- Add your own drum samples
- Build your own kits
5 keyboard instruments with unlockable features:
New instrument for 2.2 via in-app purchase:
9 included studio quality effects:
5 additional effects via in-app purchase:
Stagelight's in-app store allows you to browse, audition and purchase professional loops, exclusive bundles and other advanced features to add to your Stagelight sound library. This is where you will find exclusive content from our partners Timbaland and Linkin Park.
Stagelight 2.2 provides social sharing by connecting you directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and email via SoundCloud.
Projects created in Stagelight for Android can be imported into Stagelight for Windows. Go to www.openlabs.com to purchase or download a free trial.
Minimum device specs are:
* Dual-Core CPU
* 1024 x 768 resolution screen
* 1GB RAM
* 300MB of free space
* Android 4.4+
Recommended device specs are:
* Quad-Core CPU
* 2GB RAM or more
General usage tips:
- Music creation apps consume significant CPU and Memory. We highly recommend that you close out of all other applications while using Stagelight.
- Recording Audio?: Be sure to calibrate your device to compensate for audio recording latency by following the steps below:
1) Start Stagelight and press the Menu button on the Home Screen.
2) Select "Calibrate Recording" to display the Audio Latency Tester.
3) Make sure your speakers are turned up and that you do not have headphones plugged in.
4) Press the "Run Calibration" button. You will hear 8 long beeps which will calculate the latency of your device.
5) Press OK to close the Audio Latency Tester. You are now ready to record.
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Check out our forums here... http://forums.openlabs.com/
Go to http://support.openlabs.com/ and submit a ticket. We're here to help!
This is a interesting thing even though it is not many devices it will work with but will post what is said on the Play Store and then what is said by the developer.
vuKNOBnet let's you and your friends work on a single vuKNOB project at the same time, from your own device, on a local network. (For example the same WiFi network at home.) It is not a stand-alone app - it currently requires an actual vuKNOB instance running on another device.
Told by developer:
For the implementation to work you need to have a master device (the one running regular vuKNOB) with low latency audio AND a good wifi driver (like the nexus 9 which is good. However, the nexus 5 is a bit so and so...). You also need a stable wifi network. And the devices running vuKNOBnet also require a good wifi driver.. Unfortunately most of my testdevices kind of suck... It's only the Nexus 9 and a Galaxy S6 that work OK... :-(
In either case if you have one of those devices it is a funky thing and it is all for free just like vuKNOB the workstation/DAW is.
Thought that this was very cool!
So here is what is said on the SunVox forum:
Let me introduce you the SunVox powered Raspberry Pi 2 standalone synthesizer. The idea was to have dedicated machine/box with SunVox including some knobs. Like a real synth. This vision was maturing in my head for some time but the trigger was NightRadio's comments about upcoming MIDI CC support in 1.9 before the beta was released. I've collected all the building blocks but I was still missing the enclosure. For some time I was designing a custom made 'ponoko' box to be laser-cut. But then I got too impatient and searched through available stuff at home. Wine box for the win.
The synth is so far consisting of these bits:
Raspberry Pi 2 B
IQ Audio PiDAC+
5.0" 40-pin TFT Display - 800x480 with Touchscreen
TFP401 HDMI/DVI Decoder to 40-Pin TTL Breakout - With Touch
40-pin FPC Extension Board + 200mm Cable
Guts of the old Evolution UC16 USB MIDI controller (only the main and pot control board)
A bunch of nuts, bolts, spacers and wooden wine box.
Further improvements are still on the todo list:
* jack outputs for L, R and headphones mounted to the rear side of the box
* 5-DIN MIDI I/O connectors on the rear side - realized via USB<>MIDI cable
* some USB ports exposed on the rear side - mounting small USB hub
* power switch + connector on the rear side
* HW volume encoder for PiDAC+ on the top side
* main out GPIO LED volume indicators (this is optional)
* final paint and design tuning
A few notes to the design. RasPi needs to be powered with 2000 mAh adapter to feed all the peripherals. PiDAC+ gives you really powerful and clean sound, also for hungrier headphones. RasPi 2 with stock Raspian OS with ALSA (no realtime kernel, no JACKD, no performance tweaks except disabled CPU power-saving) is able to play decent SunVox synths with 11ms latency without compromising the sound - not ideal but already playable. Lowering the buffer to 5ms introduces occasional noise cracks. I'll try to play with the OS tweaks later but I might stick to ALSA as it is supported by PiDAC+ volume encoder routine. Display is connected via HDMI and USB cables (I'm waiting for shorter and flat HDMI cable). HDMI delivers the image, USB powers the display and touch board. UC16 MIDI controller is connected also via USB (not on the photos above). The only connection hack will be soldering wires to PiDAC+ so I get the normal jack connectors. Current cinch connectors are fine but the placement is not ideal. I want to keep all the 'internal' connections inside the box and expose only the stuff that has to interface outer world and if I would expose the cinch through the rear side, also the HDMI cable would stick out and then coming back which is not desired. The front panel will need some locking or support mechanism, ideally in various angles. The whole thing reminds the Roland's 'Plug-Out' system. You prepare the synth/composition/patch on PC/tablet/phone and then load it to the box if you don't want to mess around with the small screen. But it's actually nicely usable in the box as well as you all know from your own SunVox-on-phone experience. Sun bless Alex for his perfect and scalable UI. RasPi is configured to boot and load up the SunVox automatically, opening the last session. Like a real synth.
Quantum VJ is a glitch-style 8-bit audio visualizer. Any audio source can be connected to this device through the jack plug (3.5mm). It also can visualize some electromagnetic interference when the audio input is not connected. There are six display modes that can be switched by the button.
Display: 128x64 monochrome OLED.
Power: CR2032 battery (~20 hours).
To order one write to:
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (write Quantum VJ in the subject) and i'll get back to you as soon as the devices are ready.
The price will be available soon.
The final verion of the Quantum VJ may be slightly different (another color, new features).
So here is a link to sign up for Alpha testing:
To sign up go here:
Unfortunately can not embed it but it is a nice little piece.
To see it go here:
Cool that they mention Caustic and Yellofier but was happy to see that of the recording/studio/DAW apps they skipped iOS and went straight for Audio Evolution Mobile!
So included is Loopstack a small loop recording app by the developer of Caustic.
Hope they paid him a decent amount of money for that!
Here is what is said about the phone:
Twin Stereo Jacks
Two stereo jacks, allowing you and a friend to listen to music together. Each with an independent volume control.
The loudest mobile phone on Earth? Possibly. Two front facing speakers make London the perfect tool for listening to music without headphones, too.
The scroll wheel gives you quick access to volume control, with tactile precision to find just the right spot.
At the heart of the London is the M-Button – a dedicated one-click access to your music, whatever the source of it may be. Thanks to this ingenious bit of engineering, you can control your music on top of whatever else you happen to have on your screen.
For over half a century Marshall has focused heavily on the sound of its products. You can rest easy knowing that some serious equipment went into making the London one of the best sounding music machines out there.
Marshall London packs a lot under the hood; take for example the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. This soundcard gives the London a separate processor for music, allowing it to play at a higher resolution. Higher resolution means that even the best quality MP3 will sound phenomenally better when played with London. Additionally it lets you play uncompressed music such as FLAC format.
Use one of the pre-loaded profiles or adjust the sound to your liking and save it as a custom profile. The Global Equalizer will apply your selected profile to whichever music player you use. Accessing the equalizer is quick via the M-Button.
Bluetooth aptX® delivers real-time high quality stereo audio over a Bluetooth connection.
MODE in ear headphones included
What’s the point in having a great music player if your headphones aren’t up to the challenge? London comes with the highly rated Marshall Mode in-ear headphones. You’re welcome.
London has the same DNA as the rest of the Marshall lineup, which has stood the test of time for over 50 years. A matte black surface, similar to the tolex covering of a Marshall amp, offers better grip in your hands. Brass details are found on the scroll wheel, M-Button and both stereo jacks.
Pre-installed on London is the well-known Android app, LoopStack. LoopStack is a 4-channel recorder that allows you to record four tracks independently. LoopStack offers high quality 44KHz 16bit recording and processing. For more information, please visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.loopstack&hl=en
Marshall couldn’t ignore the fact that DJing is a popular way to enjoy music and connect with others. This is why London comes with a DJ app pre-installed. Connect your headphones and sound system into the two stereo jacks, launch the app and that’s it.
*DJApp launched autumn 2015.
London comes equipped with dual microphones that’s perfect for laying down a few spur of the moment riffs – all recorded in glorious stereo. Noise reduction means you’ll be able to easily hear your tracks, even if you’re recording outside.
Plays well with others
Because London is so full of high quality hardware, it has the ability to work with other third party recording and editing apps with ease.
8 MP AF (auto-focus) main camera with flash, 2MP front camera.
Smartphones with a removable battery are a rare breed. London comes with a removable 2500 mAh Li Ion battery.
16GB mass storage, Micro SD card slot (128GB+)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8916 with Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub
OS: Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with customized music applications
Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Display: 4.7” IPS HD 720P, Multi-touch, Gorilla glass 3 w/ anti-finger print coating
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB mass storage, Micro SD card slot (128GB+)
Connectivity: a/b/g/n Wi-Fi 2.4GHz / 5GHz, Dual Mode Bluetooth 4.0 Smart ready
Location: Assisted GPS and Glonass
Cameras: 8 MP AF main camera w/ flash, 2MP front camera
Connectors: Nano-SIM, Micro SD, Micro USB, 2 x 3.5mm audio connectors
Sensors: ALS, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro and E-Compass
Speakers: 2 x AAC speakers (13mm x 18mm) with enhanced volume & bass
Microphones: 2 x MEMS with active noise cancellation
Ext. controls: Volume wheel, dedicated “M-button”, PWR button
Notification: Multicolor notification light, haptic feedback with vibra
Battery: Removable 2500 mAh Li Ion
Dimensions: 149.4 x 74.7 x 9.8mm
Weight: 145 gr
Here is what is new:
So the developer tried to get this application finished using Kickstarter but without success now he got ten thousand euros as first price instead! He won in the category Artistic innovation the one for Sound was son by the iOS application Borderlands.
Last year there was a list of the runner ups maybe it will come later as it is interesting to see what other apps got into the final cut. Phonopaper was one of them last year and as I mentioned in a earlier post I do think is much more interesting than the winner which was all flash and no content.
In either case EDMT seems to have a lot going for it and also is bridging the gap to video as the idea is to use for projection as well. Better see the video below and then go to the website and sign up to try the Delta version as it is not on the PlayStore yet.
To sign up:
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Musical android You can do it! It will feel amazing afterwards!!!