So to celebrate there has been some questions thrown at the developer Andreas and he have thrown them back with a set of promo codes included for anyone brave enough to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a lot that can be said so will keep it brief and let the creator speak instead farther down the post.
Have used it for a while now and like it.
Well laid out and as in G-Stomper Studio the excellent VA-Beast synthesizer is included.
Everything is easily accessible as there is short cuts everywhere which is wonderful as menu diving can easily kill the creative urge.
The flexibility of the synthesizer is golden and having everything in tracks which is the main point is great for me that like to compose more than play things live groovebox stylelee as
G-Stomper Studio is better suited for.
There is a lot of Audio options to adjust for all kinds of devices which helps a lot depending of the device. Also have taken care to be able to get the highest possible pro audio options if having a device that can handle it.
A lot of what makes Producer good is in all honesty what makes the rest of G-Stomper apps mighty nice as well and the biggest difference is as said before in work flow.
Well better let the developer himself talk now.
Could you outline the difference of Producer to Studio for those that have not tried it?
G-Stomper Studio is a typical groovebox workstation, designed for use in live performance.
G-Stomper Producer is designed for use in live performance as well as for production, while being clearly more focused on production. The most obvious difference is the new graphical multi-track song arranger, which lets you arrange your songs track by track in the way you’d expect it from a regular DAW.
Under the hood, G-Stomper Producer comes with a completely new sequencer setup. Other than G-Stomper Studio (which comes with one single sequencer), G-Stomper Producer comes with an own sequencer per track, each with its individual timing (e.g. T01 = 4/4, T02 = 9/8, T03 = 7/4, and so on).
For a direct feature comparison, be sure to check out the product comparison chart:
I know you have been working on it for quite some time, How long time did it take in the end?
From the first drawings until the current state (keeping in mind that v.1.0 is far away from being the end), one man-year.
What took the most time to figure out?
The new sequencer concept and its realization was overall the most complicated part. Due to the individual track sequencers and the independent track timings, the integration of Ableton Link was difficult. Synchronizing the track sequencers with the global timing, and from there with the Ableton Link session, while keeping tempo, beat, phase, and start/stop quantization of each track under control, was one of the most tricky tasks.
The UI implementation on the other hand was clearly the most time intensive part.
What are you most proud of?
The fact that I can live on something I have invented and created from scratch.
What can we look forward to in the next update?
Maybe you heard about the upcoming privacy changes in Android Q. One of these changes is the new restricted access to files that are stored in the shared storage. As the complete G-Stomper product line (incl. all add-on packs) uses the shared storage to store files as well as to share files with each other, this new restriction requires a major change in the way how and where each G-Stomper app store its files. This change will be the main part of the next update.
But you’re probably more interested in upcoming musical features;).
There are a few major features in the queue (not for the next update, but for later updates this year): a graphical editor for parameter automations, a way to record a live session to a song arrangement, improved grid sequencers, and more.
Can you give us a trick or two using G-Stomper Producer?
Be sure to try the individual per-track timing. Simply press the “timing” button at the bottom of a particular mixer channel to show up the per-track timing & measure section. Creating real polyrhythms has never been so easy before.
A bit less obvious, but very powerful are the per-track pattern sets. On top of each mixer channel, you have to two buttons (Mix, Ptrn) to toggle between the mixer channel and the track pattern set. To toggle all tracks at once, long press one of the buttons instead. The per-track pattern sets work similar to the global pattern set in G-Stomper Studio, but with the difference that 1) the patterns are per track, and 2) you can stop and start (quantized) a particular track pattern by pressing the active slot while the global sequencer is running.
The per-track pattern sets can be globally controlled by selecting a scene on the global mixer page (just use the >>, << buttons to scroll). A Scene is a reference collection of "per-track patterns", all of the same pattern slot. If you press A-02 in the scene arranger, then on all tracks, A-02 will be selected. When you come from G-Stomper Studio, then a G-Stomper Producer Scene is the closest thing to a known G-Stomper Studio Pattern. Scenes are part of the surrounding project, but can also be saved and loaded separately if required. For example, you can also import a single G-Stomper Studio/Rhythm/VA-Beast Pattern as a Scene.
Import your work from other G-Stomper apps:
G-Stomper Producer imports all kind of files from other G-Stomper apps, such as G-Stomper Studio Pattern Sets, Sound Sets, Patterns, VA-Beast Presets, and more.
If there was one thing that could be added but that was not dependent of limitations of devices, what would you love to add.?
High quality audio output by default, “24bit, 96kHz, Stereo” or higher
Better external audio interface support
Individual audio outputs per track
Is there any apps/software/hardware that have been inspirational for G-Stomper Producer (and/or G-Stomper Studio)?
While G-Stomper Studio was mainly inspired by classic drum machines like the TR808/909 and other tabletop grooveboxes, G-Stomper Producer was (while keeping the original G-Stomper spirit) inspired by modern music sequencers such as Ableton Live or similar.
Is there anything seen in another Android app that you wish that you would have thought of?
No, nothing, even after trying multiple thinking caps ;)
Are you already planning a new app and what would it be if so?
Not right now, as there are enough open tasks for G-Stomper Producer 1.x.
Anything you want to add?
G-Stomper Studio will not be replaced by G-Stomper Producer in the future nor will it be left behind. G-Stomper Producer and G-Stomper Studio are companions; both apps can be used very well in combination, e.g. by starting with some beats in G-Stomper Studio or G-Stomper Rhythm, and then moving over to G-Stomper Producer for fine tuning and the Song arrangement.
One cool thing about the G-Stomper app family is that the apps still share a good part of the code base. This means, if G-Stomper Producer gets a graphical automation editor, then G-Stomper Studio will get it as well, and vice versa. Therefore also G-Stomper Studio users can look forward to upcoming updates.
Thank you Andreas for all answers and for developing this!
G-Stomper Producer (full version):
G-Stomper Producer (free DEMO)