I thought it would be worthwhile posting this comment out so that it would get a bit of a wider audience. I think that this comment by Tempo Rubato on what the iPhone music killer app might be:
Let me insprire the discussion with some provocative thoughts:
I think THE music making killer app has not been arrived yet (including my own work 😉
That’s why imho:
First, there is a category of apps directly simulating real apps like Pianos without introducing new ideas. But anyone who ever played a real piano with 10 fingers won’t feel the iPhone pianos any close to the real experience. The only app from that category which might come close to reality is Ocarina, because the original Ocarina is very simple too. But again that’s a problem: Too simple.
Secondly there is a category like the x0x drumboxes with 1 or two synths included. They also try to imitate the originals and in fact they partly come quite close: But again, they allow only for a very specific music style that is bound to this machines, that’s good, but too little flexibility imho.
BeatMaker steps a little bit further, but you do not edit notes here, you just overlay samples. Fine, but again too restricted for a killer music app.
Then we have the generative music apps including some interface ideas. That might be a category of apps to be extended where there might be very new and specific iPhone/Pod approaches coming up over time. It is a very specific way of music making though.
Then there is the very nice Jasuto, but more the experimental thing competing with apps like max/msp etc.
So, is this all? I strongly believe, that there will be killer music apps coming in the future. However, to be honest, I do not know how it will look like. Something like Logic or Cubase? Or something really new? It all links to the places and situation where you would use iPhone/pod for music creation: On stage, in the woods, in an airplane, in school, in the bathroom??? WHAT do you want really? I am really curious to hear feedback.
And at the end: Somebody must found these apps. With prices of 1 to a few bucks, it is impossible to make this on a professional level, except you are building toy like apps for the non-musicians mass market like all the star and guitar things. There are rumors that Apple wants to launch a “high end” store. If you want rich apps like Logic etc users must found them. I had somebody complaining with 2 stars about that NLog has no high pass filter yet. He is right, that a high pass filter should be in a synth. But to be honest: People expect to have iPhone apps for two bucks with a feature set of PC/MACs apps with prices about 50-500 bucks.
Don’t get me wrong: For me it’s fun developing apps, not money making and I appreciate inspirations by user feedbacks, and for sure, there is an NLog update in the queue for next weeks 😉
Don’t wanted to offend anybody, but hoping to hear some interesting feedback and thoughts.
For me this really says that something like Bhajis Loops, or Griff are what would probably constitute the ‘killer app’ for me, and I think that Mixtikl will go along way in the right direction too.
What do you think?
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