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Building an ecosystem around your app

I was thinking about Caustic (the production version and the version 3.0 alpha) and then more recently about CausticLive (via Musical Android), and other posts from Musical Android too.

Caustic has in many ways created a real ecosystem around itself. Which is a very clever move. It’s done this using:

  • The Caustic app itself
  • Caustic content packs of presets and the like
  • CausticCore / Caustic SDK (although these are somewhat secretive)

This is something of an achievement for an app in a market like Android where there aren’t too many music apps. Although perhaps it is for just that reason that Caustic has been able to develop this ecosystem.

In some ways Audiobus has done this although this is really the point of Audiobus. The only other thing that comes close(-ish) is AudioShare which has it’s own SDK. So really I can’t think of anything like Caustic in the iOS world, and not just because of the current alpha release and the awesomeness of the modular machine in it.

I think it would be great to see more apps have their own ecosystems or even shared ecosystems. I do like a good venn diagram.

So, those are my thoughts. Does it make sense to anyone else?

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ANIMOOG – Timbres explained (video)

I thought it might be useful to post this video again as I was working with someone the other day who got a bit confused by this.

“Moog’s Chief Engineer, Cyril Lance, lifts the veil off timbres, the essential sound source of Animoog’s Anisotropic Synth Engine. ASE allows you to dynamically move through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create a constantly evolving and expressive soundscape. The constantly expanding library of timbres are the key to unlocking the limitless potential of Animoog’s 2D soundscapes.”

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Found this picture on Facebook …

I couldn’t help but share it as it has Genome running some very cool hardware and all recorded to tape!

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I tried all of these but I never tried the Yamaha one

Did anyone else try the Yamaha? Was it different in anyway? I always feel I somehow didn’t complete the set.

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Blinkdrink – iPhone as a sound-reactive drink coaster?

I’m so tempted to try this out.

Via Creative Applications.

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trakAx Movie Express coming to an Android device near you


trakAx MovieExpress Video Demonstration on Android. from Colm Barry on Vimeo.

I know the video is a bit old, but this will be great when it comes through.

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The early face of mobile music

Obviously it was for playing only, but still a lovely piece of engineering.

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Thinking about a modulars round up, here’s what I’m thinking, any others I should add?

Any others that should be in that grouping?

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Completely off topic, my current favourite game is …

Which is made by the awesome Lucky Frame, who made one of my all time favourite games, Wave Trip.

Anyway, this one is a great game and loads of fun. So try it out.

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So, why is WIST restricted to two devices?

I had thought that you could use bluetooth to connect a number of devices, in fact 9 is the number I had in mind, but according to the WIST site you can only connect two. I don’t get it. Surely more must be possible?