Does mobile music need standards?

I think it’s been a while since the whole debate of ACP and pasteboard and which is better and more open etc.

Also, with AudioBus almost upon us, that is, if it makes it through the app store review process, I thought now would be a good time to talk about standards.

The first question really is, do we need standards for mobile music? One view point could be that on the whole apps for mobile devices are relatively short lived and so don’t need to adhere to standards (excepting Apple’s and Google’s submission standards etc), so there’s no need to handle things like MIDI or ACP / Pasteboard in a consistent way

Another point of view is that as the whole market will move on quickly anyway why worry about standards or consistency in handling communications like MIDI or OSC.

One thing I keep mentioning to people though is that the whole of this market or movement or whatever you want to call it, is very young, and as such is still emerging. That’s a good thing in my view, and it gives us an opportunity to shape the world of mobile music before practices become to ingrained. I should also point out that I don’t just mean the world of iOS either. I mean all mobile operating systems that let you make music. In practice that means iOS and Android right now, but I think it’s important to establish that standards should exist independently of operating system, and that this will become more important as OS’s change and adapt and offer developers more opportunities to deliver cross platform applications.

This isn’t an answer, more a prompt for a debate on the subject of standards and where this goes.

Hopefully you’ll think it’s worth adding your views to.


Beatmaker 2 Walkthrough – Part 2 Of 2

So here’s part 2 as well of the BeatMaker 2 walkthrough from appsformusicproduction.com

BeatMaker 2 - INTUA


Beatmaker 2 Walkthrough – Part 1 Of 2

BeatMaker 2 is a complex animal so if you’re getting bogged down in the detail this video (and part 2 as well) should help out with getting used to the app.

Nice video from appsformusicproduction.com

BeatMaker 2 - INTUA


Pollisynth for iPhone, scan a picture, make a sound, share it

I still like mucking around with this little app, it’s great fun although not going to make a massive change in your music making I’d guess. Still, not everything is about that luckily, so this can just be for fun.

Pollisynth - Rubyjock


What’s coming to the OP-1 on the 28th?

I’m still very tempted by the OP-1 (and Oplab too for that matter), so I expect that the new accessories for the OP-1 will only make my G.A.S (gear acquisition syndrome) even worse!

(update: Apologies, I read the US date as a UK date!)


Saxy Bastard by A.S.M.O.

Saxy Bastard – Circuit bent toy saxophone, 2 loops, pitch + range switch, audio out socket, piezo replaced with a 70mm full range speaker.


TUAW Reviews the iRig Pre

TUAW gives the new IKM iRig Pre a look and comes back with not the most positive review. So if you were considering this I’d suggest a quick read of their review.

(Update:  It appears that TUAW have removed their review for now. When it returns I’ll post an updated link to it.)


Another toy ! #korg #monotron #synthesizer #analogue by djmoar

A Monotron via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/N6GYEZhP18/


Retronyms Mobile Music meet up

San Francisco would be a long way for me to go to get along to one of these meet-ups, but I really wish I could.

If you want to know more about the Retronyms mobile music meet-ups then take a look at their blog.


Part of my bedroom studio.. Love it! #music #musicstudio #studio #midi #composing #creative #creativity #yamaha #casio #casiorapman #analogsynth #analogue #synthesizer #electronicmusic #yamaha01v #yamahacs10 #soundcloud #lastfm by swedishuser

A Monotron via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/N56x8nvSDc/