OP-Utility is an Android application designed to accompany Teenage Engineering's OP-1 and OP-Z synthesizers.
The app features a versatile drum kit utility which allows you to create drum kit patches on the go from samples stored on your Android device. (Samples not included).
It also features a backup utility which streams the contents of your OP-1 or OP-Z directly into a zip archive. You can choose what folders you want in each backup (synth, drum, tape and album / bounces, config, projects and sample packs).
Currently only backing up is supported, restore functionality will be available in the future.
Please be aware that this app has been developed independently and has no affiliation with Teenage Engineering.
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!
This is great information that is good for anyone that is interested in using Android for playing synthesizer apps live etc and for developers to have a look at...
It is compiled by the developers of n-Track one of the main DAW's for Android. That i salso one of the two that have the possibility to hook up an external USB sound card for low latency professional recording as well.
A big reminder to any developers that reads this...
They have developed Audioroute which brings interconnection between apps on Android.
It is free to use so please contact them so we can get the Android music eco system to the next level!!!
Here is what they say regarding their latency tests:
Android devices audio performance chart
This page shows the latency calibration results performed by the n-Track Studio app. Results are collected anonimously.
Although the results are not scientifically accurate as each measurement is performed in different rooms with different acoustic conditions (as well as possibly different device volume settings), the results roughly represet the audio latency performance of various device.
We also show wether or not a device supports the FastPath, which is an optional feature of the Android audio system, which can help minimize audio latency when the app uses the recommended FastPath settings. "base" FastPath should allow for 45ms or lower latency, while "pro" FastPath should enable 20ms or lower latency. In the device detail page, for devices that support the FastPath, you can toggle between showing all results and only results obtained with the recommended FastPath settings.
We hope that this page will help orient users who care about realtime audio and want to identify devices that have good audio performance.
Latencies are measured in milliseconds.
And to see the results with clickable beautiful charts and suchlike:
Not very much of a music app... but having a fascination regarding bird watchers after sspeaking to some. Them some interesting people and it often turns into an addiction...
So here you go, the first fix is for free...
What's that bird? Merlin Bird ID helps you solve the mystery in 5 questions, or with a photo of a bird.
First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird!
If you have a photo, Merlin can help there as well. Take a photo, choose from your camera roll, or snap the viewfinder of your zoom camera, and Merlin's powerful AI will suggest an identification almost instantly.
Merlin is fun and easy to use—whether you’re curious about a bird you’ve seen once, trying to identify every bird that comes to your feeder, or planning a birding trip to a new country. The answers are waiting for you with this free field guide app from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
• Created for beginning and intermediate bird watchers, Merlin identifies the 2,000+ most common bird species of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Europe.
• Merlin can identify a photo using powerful computer vision algorithms. Select your photo, tell Merlin where and when you took it, and you'll see a short list of suggested identifications.
• Intelligent results. No more scanning through hundreds of possibilities! Merlin shows the birds near you that fit your description.
• Customized location and date tools generate best answers for your neighborhood and time of year.
• Bird packs available for United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Central America, with more coming soon.
• Explore birds by location and date with a list of species seen in the area.
• Powered by eBird to deliver the most accurate results based on millions of sightings from bird watchers across North America.
• Enjoy more than 15,000 photos of birds, including males, females, and juveniles.
• Learn ID tips from Cornell Lab of Ornithology experts.
• Listen to beautiful bird sounds, including songs and calls for each species with the included Audio Essential Set from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
• It’s all free! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s goal is to help you and millions of others to learn about birds.
Merlin is the most advanced bird guide app available, and is expanding to new regions of the world.
••• Bird Packs •••
Merlin Bird ID currently includes bird identification help for the United States with regional packs for the: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas and Oklahoma, Alaska, and West Coast.
Canada is covered by Eastern Canada and Western Canada packs.
Mexico bird identification is available for each region of the country.
Central America packs include Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
Bird identification help is also available for Europe with our Great Britain and Ireland pack, a Western Europe pack, and a pack covering the Scandinavian countries.
These packs make Merlin the perfect pocket Bird Guide to North America, Bird Guide to Mexico, Bird Guide to Guatemala, Bird Guide to Belize, Bird Guide to Costa Rica, Bird Guide to Europe, Bird Guide to Great Britain, and Bird Guide to Scandinavia.
••• About Photo ID •••
Powered by Visipedia, Merlin Photo ID uses computer vision and deep learning technology to identify birds in photos. Merlin learns to recognize bird species based on training sets of millions of photos from birders at eBird.org. When using Photo ID, enter the date and location where you took the photo; those clues improve Merlin’s accuracy by helping it focus on the species you most likely encountered there.
Would normally not post this type of apps as they are to boring and functional but after reading the description there was no choice...
He brings up how it can be used for discovering EVP's which is interesting if a person believe in ghosts or entities that are not perceived easily by our senses...
But what got me erect was that it tickled my dreams of becoming an international spy or maybe a fearless diamond thief?
Yapps it can be used to crack safes!
When reading this went to the closest bank and asked if it was possible to try the app on their main safe but alas they denied me and security was called in... So yesterday had to sit in a small cell with fifteen scary looking dudes with tears tattoed all over their faces...
But it was okay after awhile as we got more and more drunk on toilet wine and we have now exchanged social information and it will hopefully lead me to go and crack a safe in the end with one of those hardened criminals???
In either case wish that there was a safe in my possession to try it out on.
Turn your phone into a Spectrum Analyzer. Speccy is an Audio Spectrum Analysis tool, which visualizes the spread of sound frequencies in the audible (and inaudible) spectrum, detected through your device's microphone, using Fast Fourier Transform signal processing. It supports the most languages of any similar app (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German, Italian, Russian, French and Thai) and is the only app which also lets you export audio snapshot data to the clipboard (for plotting in Excel, etc). Speccy has a wide variety of uses, such as:
• Assessing environmental noise for health and safety
• Sound checking venues PA systems and in-car stereos
• Identifying audio signals obscured to the human ear by noise
• Testing the microphone on your device
• Comparing the quality of different brands of headphones
• Testing signal generators
• Tuning musical instruments
• Measuring audio signals just outside human perception. As people age over 20 years, their aural perception range drops well below 21 kHz
Speccy has been used successfully to find gas leaks, test ultrasonic pest control equipment and has even used by EVP enthusiasts to try and detect ghosts! You can also learn about using spectrum analyzer's here.
The app could also help you get into a safe with a mechanical combination lock for which you have forgotten the code: With your device acoustically coupled to the safe's dial, turn the dial slowly, you can 'hear' when a tumbler drops in, because the spectrum of the sound will be very slightly different than turning one 'normal' tick (depending on the build quality of the safe). Using this technique you can detect when you hit a correct number and start dialling the other way.
Please only do this with a safe or combination lock you own - we accept no liability for misuse. If you'd like to help contribute translations in your language, see the github repo here: https://github.com/spikything/speccy/tree/master/source/assets/xml
This is a development of an older program that is one of the few programs that is not Android that have been written about here some years ago.
It is open source so someone new have taken the original and developed it further. The latest version comes as a VST which is very cool!
For anyoe that have not heard about Paulstretch before be ready for some happy times as it is nice to see how the program stretches and moulds audio into infinity.
Why decide to write about it is because it is open source and hoping that somebody would port it for Android! C'mon developer reading this you have nothing better to do now anyway...
I am sure that Xenakios that have been working on this version would be helping out as he seems to be a nice guy.
To read more about this version and download the standalone or VST version go here:
A history lesson by Android authority.
To read it go here:
is A little bit of time ago wrote about an app that took wifi signals and translated to music sequences.
Well looking around for some choir apps the other day stumbled across this one. It is the same idea but with a
much nicer execution and instead of grungy chiptune noises it using female voices.
It is for free and ad free and looks pretty nice.
Can not be used for too much music wise though, but it is fun to have installed like the other app to directly illustrate how saturated or clean our airwaves are...
Have been on the verge of depression today as everything is fucked up in the world,
even in my adopted beloved Spain. So seeing this made the world alright again!
Just read about this on Boing Boing and it is a band that created a font by peeing on stretched bed sheets taking photographs quickly and vectorizing the result, baking it lastly in a font program.
If this is not genius art I do not know what is!
The typeface is for free as well.
Just downloaded so have not had time to use it yet.
Ohh now the excitement roars in me,
maybe now is the time for that novel to be written and printed on musty paper with Pissjar font.
To get the font go here:
Feel that myself and I have been out of commision for a while now and it is time to rectify the situation!
There has been some interesting and new apps that got found after searching high and low on the Google Play and on the deep dark web so this week coming will mention at least one such app a day...
Anyway to start with here is one that if installed will be flicked on and used for about five minutes once or twice but liked it anyway as it really gets the point across how much signals there is singing to us constantly.
Also it was a direct way to show that to my lovely daughter as well.
All it does is to take the signals and based on the names and strength create musical notes.
So tune in this week for some more deeper apps to be reported!
This is an interview with the guys performing using four phones and Roli's noise app.
To read the interview go here:
Saw this on the website Open Culture and NASA just opened up a searchable site that is nice to look and listen through. They did release a lot of audio that was possible to use coppyright free last year but it seems a little bit more complex with video and image though... but to read about it go here:
To go to the archive:
Please, pretty please make a donation to
Musical android You can do it! It will feel amazing afterwards!!!