Maybe it was just a warm up for 2019?
SunVox had a good update as every year. G-Stomper is constantly improving. Stagelight was going strong with their new expressive Sampler/instrument, Grainstorm putting more and more functions inside...
New apps of interest, not so many...
The biggest news flew under the radar as it still is listed as Beta and it is the workstation KDJ-ONE,
then Fang Synth was cool as is by the same developer, Dragon (Gritty, Low bit Drum Synth), Drum PadBeats is a good one for triggering/sequencing loops and samples and for combining with Caustic projects.
Also need to mention Tonebars which is a good one for droney stuff,
MendelTone came out with magnificient glitch and noise potential reminding me that Noise Machine came out with an update...
HumBeatz was surprisingly working in converting hums into notes and getting jams going.
Mikrosonic the developers of some of the earliest Android music apps are still going strong releasing updates recently to their apps! So big up to them.
Another big, big up is for the n-Track Studio developers for putting AudioRoute out there for free for anyone to use so Android can become app interconnected!
On the downside we have Samsung that took one of Androids workstations for Samsung devices and buried it. They could have at least let the code free for others to develop and use!
So Buuu to Samsung for that.
Also let down that it seems that Reactable is not being developed anymore...
Also have noticed that Google Play have started to pull older apps that are no longer developed from the Playstore... So one app for example that still works real good on newer devices are Droiditar, now gone.
It is my favorite virtual instrument and have always worked with low latency. (Luckily encountered an APK in the wild wanting to install it on a new device... After trying to find out anything about where the developers went without any success... Was hoping that they could be reached and be able to offer it on Musical Android but alas...)
The moral of the above story... be careful uninstalling older apps that have not been updated for a long time if caring about them...
2019 have some interesting things in store.
The G-Stomper family will continue to grow. Introducing G-Stomper P (Producer) a more workstation/sequencer approach and with less of a Beatbox approach than G-Stomper Studio.
Nanoloop is undergoing some transformations with more synthesis and other goodies coming... Tried the Beta that looked like it would be coming with some excellent additions but it was still too rough for me about a month ago...
Am playing with a Beta of a new app now though that is real fun and it is a granular playground being very hands on called SpaceCraft. It is soon to be released on Android and already out there for iOS.
There is a lot of videos already to look at if curious.
Very easy to get interesting and good results with.
Striking a perfect balance of depth and ease of use, plus most importantly being very inspiring. Can also be used with midi keyboard and there is a lot of new timbres and sounds that is hard to get otherwise to play with as keyboardist...
Ahh, also should mention my deal of the year... Not a big deal but nice.
As IK Multimedia have released a new version of the iRig guitar cable interface, there is now possible to buy the first version for almost nothing from China.
Comes without a fancy box but costed me less than 2.50 in monies including postage..... Worked fine. Had to wait like six weeks though...
Good for sampling things into a device. Like to sample things from one device to another for example... plus that it has output for headpones built into it.
Hmm... Should order one or two more if one gets lost or as a nice small gift...
Sure that there is things being missed but let us know in the comment section if there is.
Am sure that 2019 will be a good year for Android music making with latency finally being under control on newer devices and Android Operating systems, and hopefully having more Android developers taking advantage of Audioroute!
Kisses and hugs to all readers and cats, let the celebrations begin!