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  1. 1. Musical Apps on Androidthe (dismal) state of android as a music creation platformfrom a musician’s point of viewMatthias Krebs09. april 2013App Music:
  2. 2. Matthias KrebsAgenda1. Making Music on iOS vs. Making Music on Android2. Overview: Android Music Making Apps3. Hardware and Software APIs4. Built In Sensors5. The (Dismal) State of Android as a Music Platform6. Android Musicians7. Additional/ 2get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  3. 3. Matthias KrebsAboutMatthias Krebs is a musician, music educator,physicist and opera singer. For many years now, hehas participated in several theater productions as asound artist and composer. Since 2006 he has beenfocused on electroacoustic music, synthesizers andnet music. In 2010 he founded the DigiEnsembleBerlin at the UdK Berlin Career College. It is currentlythe first professional music ensemble that regularlyperforms mobile music on stage. Further, Krebsdelves into the field of app music (music making withapps) in his blog as well as in several music articlepublications and in his current dissertation./ 3by Cora-Mae Gregorschewski
  4. 4. Matthias Krebs / 4Professional musicians with diverse musicalbackgrounds got together trying out how to turn dailymobile devices into instruments. They perform theirmusic live on stage.Currently, they predominantly use apple devices.Nevertheless, they are experimenting with differentmobile platforms. With this they aim at finding ways ofusing all of these daily devices as music creation tools.www.youtube.com/digiensembleGewandhaus, Leipzig 2012www.digiensemble.comBMW Welt, Munich 2013
  5. 5. Matthias KrebsVisionMy aim is to find ways of enabling practically everybody to use daily devices asmusical instruments.My Mobile Devicesmobile devices running iOS:some iPods, iPads and iPad minimobile devices running Android:Nexus 7: 4.2.2Samsung Galaxy S2: 4.1.2mobile devices running Windows 8:Acer ICONA | W700/ 5
  6. 6. Matthias KrebsInvitation: Join a five-day workshop on mobile music making!The summer school will be a composition and sound workshop, in which participants will try outperspectives and the potentials of “app music”. A range of different sounds and musical compositionswill be developed in groups and discussed. Results of the interactive creative activities will be presentedin a public performance.The workshop addresses interested parties as well as musicians, sound artists and music technologists,who like the idea of making music with digital sensor controlled devices (smartphones and tablets) andwho are seeking for an interactive exchange with others on new musical forms. At the same time, theworkshop addresses composers and creative individuals (from the field of marketing/media production),who are keen on creating film material and background music for media productions. More Info/ 6App music: Mobile Music MakingMatthias Krebsdate: July 29th-August 2nd 2013place: UdK Berlin, Bundesallee 1-12fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €)No. of participants: 12 to 15language: Englishapplication deadline: July 1st 2013
  7. 7. Matthias KrebsMAKING MUSIC ON IOS VS.MAKING MUSIC ON ANDROIDComparing/ 7get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  8. 8. Matthias KrebsMaking Music on iOS vs. Making Music on AndroidiOS Android+ more music making apps (~2000) - less music making apps (~150)+ more musical APIs (core midi, core audio,audiobus, virtual midi, audio copy etc.)- support for MIDI and USB-audio is notimplemented in android+ more external add-ons (yamaha, tascam,akai, k&m, ikmultimedia and many more)- it’s starting (k&m, ikmultimedia)+ latency (around 6.6ms (128 samples) to26.8ms (1024 samples))- latency (around 30ms to 200ms) is notutilisable for “real-time” music making+ more developers for musical apps andsome bigger companies like korg, moog,yamaha etc.- it’s starting+ more apps utilize many different kinds ofbuilt in sensors- not many developers have yetexperimented with built in sensors- more expensive devices and add-ons + wider distribution of android devices/ 8
  9. 9. Matthias KrebsANDROID MUSIC MAKING APPSOverview/ 9get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  10. 10. Matthias KrebsAndroid Music Appsmusic apps for consumption, sharing and having fun for a little while• Music Player Apps / Radios• Musical Fun Apps / Generative Music Apps / Music Gamesmusic making/creation with musical apps (app music)• Soundtoys / Virtual Instruments• Experimental Apps / App Instruments• Musical Tools / Utilities• Beatmakers / Drum Machines / Virtual Studios• Audio Capture / Looper / Sequencer / Multitrack / Effects• MIDI / OSC / Controllers• Djing / Remix• Synthesizers/ 10
  11. 11. Matthias KrebsMusic Player• PlayerPro Music Player by BlastOn LLC | 3,95€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tbig.playerpro• SoundCloud by SoundCloud | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundcloud.android• SoundHound ∞ by SoundHound Inc | 4,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.melodis.midomiMusicIdentifier• TuneIn Radio Pro by TuneIn | 3,84€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player• Shazam Encore – Musik by Shazam Entertainment Limited | 4,79€• Spotify by Spotify Ltd. | free• Google Play Music by Google Inc. | free/ 11
  12. 12. Matthias KrebsFun / Generative Music / Music GamesMusical Fun Apps• Magic Piano by Smule | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smule.magicpiano• AutoRap by Smule | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smule.autorapGenerative Music• Orbits - Generative Music by Bogdan Vera | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=processing.android.orbits• Pulsate by Des Pudels Kern GmbH | 0,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.despudelskern.application.pulsateMusic Games• Cytus by Rayark Inc. | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rayark.Cytus.full• Tap Tap Revenge 4 by Tapulous | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tapulous.taptaprevenge4/ 12
  13. 13. Matthias KrebsSoundtoys / Virtual Instruments• Musical Pro by Christopher Souvey | 3,05€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=souvey.musical.pro• iBone - Die Taschen-Posaune by Spoonjack, LLC | 1,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spoonjack.ibone• Xylophon by AppBadger | 0,57€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appbadger.xylo• Schlagzeug (Real Drum) by Rodrigo Kolb | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.rodrigokolb.realdrum• Solo by Coding Caveman | 2,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codingcaveman.Solo/ 13
  14. 14. Matthias KrebsExperimental Apps / Instruments• Kosm by igorski.nl | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.igorski.kosm• Plasma Sound HD by RM Mobile | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rj.processing.plasmasoundhd• NodeBeat by AffinityBlue | 1,56€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AffinityBlue.NodeBeat• OTOONE (synthesizer) by otoone_dev | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.otoone_dev.normal• MorphWiz-Play by Wizdom Music | 1,49€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wizdommusic.morphwiz/ 14
  15. 15. Matthias KrebsMusical Tools / Utilities• Chord! (Gitarrenakkorde) by RabugenTom | 2,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rabugentom.chord• Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner by Bitcount ltd. | 2,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitcount.cleartune• Fakebook - the Real Book by Skrivarna Software | 1,30€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skrivarna.fakebook.android• Metronome: Tempo by Frozen Ape | 0,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frozenape.tempo• Tunable - Instrument Tuner by AffinityBlue | 1,51€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.affinityblue.tunable• Chordbot Pro by Contrasonic AB | 4,38€• iReal b Music Book-Play Along by Technimo LLC | 7,99€• Guitar Pro by Arobas Music | 5,97€/ 15
  16. 16. Matthias KrebsBeatmakers / Drum Machines / nTracker / Virtual Studios• G-Stomper - Drum Machine by planet-h.com | 4,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.planeth.gstomper• Electrum Drum Machine by niko twenty | 1,53€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=electrum2.drums• Audiotool Sketch by Des Pudels Kern GmbH | 2,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.despudelskern.application.audiotoolsketch• AUDIOID by AQ | 1,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.quet.android.audioid• RD3 – Groovebox by mikrosonic | 1,99€• Nanoloop by oliver wittchow | 1,99€• Reactable mobile by Reactable Systems S.L. | 8,26€• SunVox by Alexander Zolotov | 3,79€• Supreme MPA by BOOM BAPPZ | 4,49€/ 16
  17. 17. Matthias KrebsAudio Capture / Looper / Sequencer / Multitrack / Effects• Audio Evolution Mobile by eXtream Software Development | 5,75€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.aemobile• USB Audio Recorder PRO by eXtream Software Development | 3,49€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.usbaudiorecorderpro• J4T Multitrack Recorder by Jaytronix | 2,99€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jaytronix.multitracker• LoopStack by Single Cell Software | 1,49€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.loopstack• Looper by RubberBigPepper | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=rubberbigpepper.Looper/ 17
  18. 18. Matthias KrebsMIDI / OSC /Controllers• TouchDAW by humatic | 4,75€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.humatic.tdaw• Wireless Mixer by Borce Trajkovski | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bti.wirelessMixer• TouchOSC by hexler | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hexler.touchosc• Kontinuum Controller Pro by Archbits Software | 7,55€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.archbits.kc.pro• USB MIDI Monitor by eXtream Software Development | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.usbmidimonitor/ 18
  19. 19. Matthias KrebsDjing / Remix• Reloop Loop-Sequencer by niko twenty | 1,53€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=Loop.ReLoop• SPC - Music Sketchpad 2 by mikrosonic | 4,49€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mikrosonic.SPC• GrooveGrid by apps4use | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apps4use.groovegrid• MicroJam Musik-Sequenzer by Simon Dixon | 1,12€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.basementajax.microjam.house• All-in-One Drum Pads by Dark Blood Studios | freehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.darkbloodstudios.allinonedrumpads/ 19
  20. 20. Matthias KrebsSynthesizers• CAUSTIC Unlock Key by Single Cell Software | 6,49€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.caustickey• MikroWave by igorski.nl | 0,69€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.igorski.mikrowave• Jasuto modular synthesizer by Chris Wolfe | 3,63€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jasuto.droid• Mini Synthesizer by Nick Copeland | 1,78€https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=audio.bristol.minimoog• Shapesynth by humbletune | free• SpectrumGen by Alexander Zolotov | 0,76€• Heat Synthesizer Pro BETA by Nils Schneider | 2,99€/ 20
  21. 21. Matthias KrebsMusical Collaboration: PocketBand Pro | 7,71€Publish, play and collaborate in the PocketBand community.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlrqST-AMV0/ 21
  22. 22. Matthias KrebsOn Any Device: SunVox | 3,79€SunVox is a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-basedsequencer (tracker). It is a tool for those people who like to compose musicwherever they are, whenever they wish. On any device. SunVox is available forAndroid, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Palm OS and iOS.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEdXXKk1hRI/ 22
  23. 23. Matthias KrebsWorkstation: FL Studio Mobile by Image-Line | 14,95€FL Studio Mobile is a new powerful music creation tool for Android.You can even load the FL Studio Mobile projects into the FL Studio Desktop PCversion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTFVS7ZQfLE/ 23
  24. 24. Matthias KrebsSummary• Music apps for android are available for a wide spectrum of musical usage.• The following apps are particularly suitable for musicians: Musical Tools andUtilities, Beatmaker, Djing/Remix-Apps and Controller.• Neither instrumental nor synthesizer apps are yet advanced enough for makingmusic in real time because of the high latency.• All in all, android music apps are not as functional, comprehensive and efficientas music apps for iOS./ 24
  25. 25. Matthias KrebsHARDWARE AND SOFTWARE APISOpportunities/ 25get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  26. 26. Matthias KrebsMultitasking with Android Music Appshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViZnrj5O4SA/ 26
  27. 27. Matthias KrebsExternal Add-ons - ikmultimediahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQXUMc0BuL4/ 27
  28. 28. Matthias KrebsUSB Audio Recording for Androidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrRex_mlHw8http://www.androidaudiorecording.com/record-from-a-usb-microphone-or-audio-interface-with-your-android-phone-or-tablet// 28
  29. 29. Matthias KrebsEffects on an Android Device: J4T on Nexus 7https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfqUR9wU0KQ/ 29
  30. 30. Matthias KrebsUsing a MIDI Controller with Caustic 2.1 on Androidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-DiAEHM0w/ 30
  31. 31. Matthias KrebsControlling VirtualDJ Pro Using TouchOSC for Androidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVt96KhY8z8https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hexler.touchosc/ 31
  32. 32. Matthias KrebsMidi Control over Bluetoothhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfKyGcM1szEhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=al.android.emc2/ 32
  33. 33. Matthias KrebsSENSORSTo Control It/ 33get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  34. 34. Matthias KrebsSensors in Android DevicesInteresting for music making:• Gyro Sensors• Accelerometer• Geomagnetic Sensors• Touchscreen• Microphone• Camera• Gesture Sensor/ 34
  35. 35. Matthias KrebsBuilt In SensorsAccelerometer – Gyroscope – Magnetometer• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zwiener.wimu• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k--3GxrQXU• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.innoventions.sensorkinetics• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=imoblife.androidsensorbox• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.term.SensorDVSensor music player android app• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zgui.musicshaker• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMKDs_4gcc• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.MarksThinkTank.WaveControlPro/ 35
  36. 36. Matthias KrebsOTOONE is a Musical Instrument Using the Gyroscopehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6ZMIz5y0o/ 36
  37. 37. Matthias KrebsLATENCY ISSUEReal Time Music Making/ 37get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  38. 38. Matthias KrebsDemo: Android Jelly Bean Latency vs iOS iPad Core Audiohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eE7NtK4jX8/ 38
  39. 39. Matthias KrebsDiscussions: Latency/ 39
  40. 40. Matthias KrebsSonoma Wire Works Develops Low Latency Solution for AndroidIs this the dawn of Android music production?http://www.sonomawireworks.com/pr/android-low-latency-audio-solution.phphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OXeHwErQsE/ 40
  41. 41. Matthias KrebsDiscussions: Some Links Regarding to the Latency Issue… read the comments too!http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/04/03/fl-studio-mobile-for-android-sneak-peakhttp://www.synthtopia.com/content/2011/07/13/are-your-ready-to-take-android-seriously-as-a-music-platformhttp://geardiary.com/2012/02/21/the-dismal-state-of-android-as-a-music-production-solution/http://www.palmsounds.net/2011/09/android-32-synth-real-time-hdmi-out.htmlhttp://www.sonomawireworks.com/news/2013-01.phphttp://www.palmsounds.net/2013/03/an-interview-with-doug-wright-sonomas.htmlhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/6/27/3122302/audio-latency-finally-addressed-in-jelly-beanhttp://createdigitalmusic.com/2012/07/android-audio-improvements-will-appear-first-on-galaxy-nexushttp://www.palmsounds.net/2013/01/pd-for-android-now-has-low-latency.htmlhttp://sseyod.blogspot.com/2011/12/android-how-to-reduce-audio-latency.htmlhttp://stackoverflow.com/questions/14842803/low-latency-audio-playback-on-android/ 41
  42. 42. Matthias KrebsWHY ARE THERE SO FEW ANDROIDMUSIC APPS?The Main Question/ 42get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  43. 43. Matthias KrebsAre Your Ready to Take Android Seriously as a Music Platform? NO!fragmentation“Its not just the latency that kills audio apps on Android. Its fragmentation andhaving to test on 40+ different devices.”market“And of course the chicken and egg problem of there not being a market, sinceAndroid still sucks revenue-wise compared to iOS.”More:http://evolver.fm/2012/05/23/developer-explains-why-android-sucks-for-some-audio-apps/ 43
  44. 44. Matthias KrebsHope“Thats definitely chicken and egg because decent music apps that work onAndroid could really start something big up... a snowball effect.. Did you hearthat FL Studio Mobile is releasing on Android soon?”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTFVS7ZQfLE/ 44
  45. 45. Matthias KrebsANDROID MUSICIANSApp Music: Mobile Music Making/ 45get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  46. 46. Matthias KrebsWho Said iPhone OS, Android and Windows Mobile Dont Play Well Together?http://blog.stef.be/phoneguitar/ 46
  47. 47. Matthias KrebsJordan Rudess and his Musical App MorphWiz-Play for Androidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN1CYMENOr4/ 47
  48. 48. Matthias KrebsMusicians: Cool Music Apps for Androidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbQoq-HxIgA/ 48
  49. 49. Matthias KrebsMe (Matthias Krebs)For me the iPad is a pioneer in touch-screentechnology and is still superior to android mobiledevices when it comes to audio and music creation.Not only are there more external add-ons supportingthe iPad, it also has many more apps available,ranging from music players to the most professional,coming with a wide variety of applications: soundtoys,/ 49app instruments, effects, sequencers, control surfaces, musical tools, etc. Concerningmobile music making, there will probably be no way around iOS in the near further –especially for making music together in groups or on stage.Nevertheless I am keeping an eye on music apps for Android. I frequently use Android forother purposes like communication or mobile media consumption. Because there are somany people with Android devices I will continue testing them and I’m planning to useAndroid music apps in music making workshops and with the DigiEnsemble Berlin.
  50. 50. Matthias KrebsADDITIONAL/ 50get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  51. 51. Matthias Krebs14 things you should do to help the world of mobile musichttp://www.palmsounds.net/2013/02/14-things-you-should-do-to-help-world.html1. Keep making music on mobile2. Share what you make on SoundCloud or wherever makes sense for you3. Tell everyone about mobile music making4. Tell people about the apps you love and why5. Think about gifting a mobile music app to someone who might enjoy playing6. Rate the apps you love in the app store and leave reviews7. If theres something you dont like about an app then give constructive criticism and dont justleave a bad review. Remember that developers cant respond to reviews on the app store8. If you like one of the excellent mobile music based blogs then buy your apps through that blog asthats how they make money.9. If youre so inclined, start your own blog about mobile music making and let people know10. If you can, then make videos of what youre doing and let everyone know that youve done them11. Tweet!12. Make your music in unusual places, just because you can13. Join the communities at developers forums and get involved in the discussion14. Enjoy it!/ 51
  52. 52. Matthias KrebsSources• http://www.musicalandroid.com• http://www.androidmusician.com• http://createdigitalmusic.com/tag/android• http://www.synthtopia.com/content/tag/android• http://www.palmsounds.net/search/label/Android• http://android.appstorm.net/category/roundups/music-roundupsGroupsandroid music making on Google+• https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112224065710281650914android music making on Facebook (just started)• https://www.facebook.com/groups/androidmusicmakingMany THX to:• Louisa Livingstone, Sebastian Dittmann, Ashley Elsdon, Jeremy Mcgill, Andre Brown, Kicko Kim• Nastasia Mohren and Jake Haskell (for helping me out with the translation)/ 52get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013
  53. 53. Matthias KrebsInvitation: Join a five-day workshop on mobile music making!The summer school will be a composition and sound workshop, in which participants will try outperspectives and the potentials of “app music”. A range of different sounds and musical compositionswill be developed in groups and discussed. Results of the interactive creative activities will be presentedin a public performance.The workshop addresses interested parties as well as musicians, sound artists and music technologists,who like the idea of making music with digital sensor controlled devices (smartphones and tablets) andwho are seeking for an interactive exchange with others on new musical forms. At the same time, theworkshop addresses composers and creative individuals (from the field of marketing/media production),who are keen on creating film material and background music for media productions. More Info/ 53App music: Mobile Music MakingMatthias Krebsdate: July 29th-August 2nd 2013place: UdK Berlin, Bundesallee 1-12fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €)No. of participants: 12 to 15language: Englishapplication deadline: July 1st 2013
  54. 54. Matthias KrebsTHX for Listening.www.matthiaskrebs.info (en)www.matthiaskrebs.de (de)www.appmusik.deMusikmachen mit Appswww.digimusiklernen.deMusiklernen mit digitalen MedienMatthias Krebsresearch associatematthias.krebs@udk-berlin.deContacts:matthias.krebs@udk-berlin.de+49 177 7373939www.facebook.com/matthiaskrebswww.gplus.to/matthiaskrebswww.twitter.com/matzerakwww.slideshare.net/matzerakwww.pinterest.com/matzerak

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