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Musical Apps on Android
the (dismal) state of android as a music creation platform from a musician’s point of view

Matthias Krebs 09. april 2013

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Making Music on iOS vs. Making Music on Android
Overview: Android Music Making Apps Hardware and Software APIs Built In Sensors The (Dismal) State of Android as a Music Platform Android Musicians Additional
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About
Matthias Krebs is a musician, music educator, physicist and opera singer. For many years now, he has participated in several theater productions as a sound artist and composer. Since 2006 he has been focused on electroacoustic music, synthesizers and net music. In 2010 he founded the DigiEnsemble Berlin at the UdK Berlin Career College. It is currently the first professional music ensemble that regularly performs mobile music on stage. Further, Krebs delves into the field of app music (music making with apps) in his blog as well as in several music article publications and in his current dissertation.

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www.digiensemble.com
Professional musicians with diverse musical backgrounds got together trying out how to turn daily mobile devices into instruments. They perform their music live on stage.

BMW Welt, Munich 2013

Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2012

Currently, they predominantly use apple devices. Nevertheless, they are experimenting with different mobile platforms. With this they aim at finding ways of using all of these daily devices as music creation tools. www.youtube.com/digiensemble
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Vision
My aim is to find ways of enabling practically everybody to use daily devices as musical instruments.

My Mobile Devices mobile devices running iOS: some iPods, iPads and iPad mini mobile devices running Android: Nexus 7: 4.2.2 Samsung Galaxy S2: 4.1.2 mobile devices running Windows 8: Acer ICONA | W700
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A range of different sounds and musical compositions will be developed in groups and discussed.Invitation: Join a five-day workshop on mobile music making! App music: Mobile Music Making Matthias Krebs date: July 29th-August 2nd 2013 place: UdK Berlin. sound artists and music technologists. The workshop addresses interested parties as well as musicians. Bundesallee 1-12 fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €) No. who like the idea of making music with digital sensor controlled devices (smartphones and tablets) and who are seeking for an interactive exchange with others on new musical forms. the workshop addresses composers and creative individuals (from the field of marketing/media production). in which participants will try out perspectives and the potentials of “app music”. of participants: 12 to 15 language: English application deadline: July 1st 2013 The summer school will be a composition and sound workshop. More Info Matthias Krebs / 6 . who are keen on creating film material and background music for media productions. At the same time. Results of the interactive creative activities will be presented in a public performance.

slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 7 .Comparing MAKING MUSIC ON IOS VS. MAKING MUSIC ON ANDROID get this slides: www.

ikmultimedia and many more) + latency (around 6. virtual midi.it’s starting .6ms (128 samples) to 26. + more apps utilize many different kinds of built in sensors . yamaha etc.Making Music on iOS vs. core audio.more expensive devices and add-ons Matthias Krebs .8ms (1024 samples)) + more developers for musical apps and some bigger companies like korg. moog.it’s starting (k&m.latency (around 30ms to 200ms) is not utilisable for “real-time” music making . Making Music on Android iOS + more music making apps (~2000) Android .support for MIDI and USB-audio is not audiobus.less music making apps (~150) + more musical APIs (core midi. audio copy etc. k&m. . .) implemented in android + more external add-ons (yamaha. tascam.not many developers have yet experimented with built in sensors + wider distribution of android devices / 8 . ikmultimedia) akai.

net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 9 .Overview ANDROID MUSIC MAKING APPS get this slides: www.slideshare.

Android Music Apps music apps for consumption. sharing and having fun for a little while • Music Player Apps / Radios • Musical Fun Apps / Generative Music Apps / Music Games music 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 Matthias Krebs / 10 .

com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google. | free Google Play Music by Google Inc.95€ https://play.google.99€ https://play.playerpro SoundCloud by SoundCloud | free https://play.android SoundHound ∞ by SoundHound Inc | 4.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com/store/apps/details?id=com.79€ Spotify by Spotify Ltd.google.player Shazam Encore – Musik by Shazam Entertainment Limited | 4.84€ https://play.melodis.google.midomiMusicIdentifier TuneIn Radio Pro by TuneIn | 3.tbig.Music Player • PlayerPro Music Player by BlastOn LLC | 3.soundcloud. | free • • • • • • Matthias Krebs / 11 .

Fun / Generative Music / Music Games Musical Fun Apps • Magic Piano by Smule | free https://play.application.smule.rayark.google.Cytus.smule.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.magicpiano • AutoRap by Smule | free https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=processing.taptaprevenge4 Matthias Krebs / 12 .tapulous.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com. | free https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.pulsate Music Games • Cytus by Rayark Inc.full • Tap Tap Revenge 4 by Tapulous | free https://play.99€ https://play.Generative Music by Bogdan Vera | free https://play.google.despudelskern.autorap Generative Music • Orbits .google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.orbits • Pulsate by Des Pudels Kern GmbH | 0.

google.57€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Soundtoys / Virtual Instruments • Musical Pro by Christopher Souvey | 3.google.appbadger.musical.pro iBone .realdrum Solo by Coding Caveman | 2.99€ https://play.spoonjack.xylo Schlagzeug (Real Drum) by Rodrigo Kolb | free https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.05€ https://play.Die Taschen-Posaune by Spoonjack.com.google. LLC | 1.ibone Xylophon by AppBadger | 0.99€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=souvey.google.Solo • • • • Matthias Krebs / 13 .rodrigokolb.codingcaveman.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.

morphwiz • • • • Matthias Krebs / 14 .google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.igorski.NodeBeat OTOONE (synthesizer) by otoone_dev | free https://play.AffinityBlue.56€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rj.normal MorphWiz-Play by Wizdom Music | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.kosm Plasma Sound HD by RM Mobile | free https://play.nl | free https://play.google.plasmasoundhd NodeBeat by AffinityBlue | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wizdommusic.otoone_dev.49€ https://play.Experimental Apps / Instruments • Kosm by igorski.processing.google.

51€ https://play.tempo Tunable .google. | 2.frozenape.google.Instrument Tuner by AffinityBlue | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.rabugentom.bitcount.fakebook.99€ https://play.97€ / 15 • • • • • • • Matthias Krebs .com/store/apps/details?id=com.99€ Guitar Pro by Arobas Music | 5.38€ iReal b Music Book-Play Along by Technimo LLC | 7.tunable Chordbot Pro by Contrasonic AB | 4.Musical Tools / Utilities • Chord! (Gitarrenakkorde) by RabugenTom | 2.99€ https://play.google.cleartune Fakebook .Chromatic Tuner by Bitcount ltd.the Real Book by Skrivarna Software | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android Metronome: Tempo by Frozen Ape | 0.30€ https://play.99€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skrivarna.chord Cleartune .com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.affinityblue.

com/store/apps/details?id=de.99€ https://play.L.google.26€ SunVox by Alexander Zolotov | 3.Beatmakers / Drum Machines / nTracker / Virtual Studios • G-Stomper .google.79€ Supreme MPA by BOOM BAPPZ | 4.planeth.audiotoolsketch AUDIOID by AQ | 1.despudelskern.99€ https://play.google.99€ Reactable mobile by Reactable Systems S.quet.com/store/apps/details?id=org.Drum Machine by planet-h.google.53€ https://play.gstomper Electrum Drum Machine by niko twenty | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.application.drums Audiotool Sketch by Des Pudels Kern GmbH | 2.99€ https://play. | 8.com | 4.com/store/apps/details?id=electrum2.49€ / 16 • • • • • • • • Matthias Krebs .android.99€ Nanoloop by oliver wittchow | 1.audioid RD3 – Groovebox by mikrosonic | 1.

extreamsd.75€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.usbaudiorecorderpro J4T Multitrack Recorder by Jaytronix | 2.49€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Audio Capture / Looper / Sequencer / Multitrack / Effects • Audio Evolution Mobile by eXtream Software Development | 5.99€ https://play.aemobile USB Audio Recorder PRO by eXtream Software Development | 3.Looper • • • • Matthias Krebs / 17 .com/store/apps/details?id=rubberbigpepper.com/store/apps/details?id=com.49€ https://play.multitracker LoopStack by Single Cell Software | 1.google.jaytronix.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loopstack Looper by RubberBigPepper | free https://play.google.google.google.singlecellsoftware.extreamsd.

bti.archbits.usbmidimonitor • • • • Matthias Krebs / 18 .MIDI / OSC /Controllers • TouchDAW by humatic | 4.google.wirelessMixer TouchOSC by hexler | free https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com/store/apps/details?id=net.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.tdaw Wireless Mixer by Borce Trajkovski | free https://play.55€ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.extreamsd.humatic.kc.pro USB MIDI Monitor by eXtream Software Development | free https://play.google.touchosc Kontinuum Controller Pro by Archbits Software | 7.75€ https://play.hexler.

microjam.com/store/apps/details?id=Loop.SPC GrooveGrid by apps4use | free https://play.google.groovegrid MicroJam Musik-Sequenzer by Simon Dixon | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=de.apps4use.basementajax.53€ https://play.google.google.google.darkbloodstudios.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Music Sketchpad 2 by mikrosonic | 4.allinonedrumpads • • • • Matthias Krebs / 19 .mikrosonic.12€ https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Djing / Remix • Reloop Loop-Sequencer by niko twenty | 1.ReLoop SPC .49€ https://play.house All-in-One Drum Pads by Dark Blood Studios | free https://play.

49€ https://play.nl | 0.76€ Heat Synthesizer Pro BETA by Nils Schneider | 2.google.99€ • • • • • • Matthias Krebs / 20 .com/store/apps/details?id=com.78€ https://play.google.jasuto.google.singlecellsoftware.63€ https://play.69€ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.caustickey MikroWave by igorski.minimoog Shapesynth by humbletune | free SpectrumGen by Alexander Zolotov | 0.com/store/apps/details?id=audio.mikrowave Jasuto modular synthesizer by Chris Wolfe | 3.bristol.droid Mini Synthesizer by Nick Copeland | 1.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Synthesizers • CAUSTIC Unlock Key by Single Cell Software | 6.igorski.

Musical Collaboration: PocketBand Pro | 7.71€ Publish. play and collaborate in the PocketBand community. http://www.com/watch?v=AlrqST-AMV0 Matthias Krebs / 21 .youtube.

com/watch?v=mEdXXKk1hRI Matthias Krebs / 22 .79€ SunVox is a small. fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). Windows. It is a tool for those people who like to compose music wherever they are.youtube.On Any Device: SunVox | 3. SunVox is available for Android. whenever they wish. On any device. https://www. Mac OS. Linux. Palm OS and iOS.

com/watch?v=KTFVS7ZQfLE Matthias Krebs / 23 .youtube.Workstation: FL Studio Mobile by Image-Line | 14. https://www. You can even load the FL Studio Mobile projects into the 'FL Studio Desktop PC' version.95€ FL Studio Mobile is a new powerful music creation tool for Android.

Beatmaker. Matthias Krebs / 24 . Djing/Remix-Apps and Controller.Summary • • Music apps for android are available for a wide spectrum of musical usage. The following apps are particularly suitable for musicians: Musical Tools and Utilities. • • All in all. android music apps are not as functional. comprehensive and efficient as music apps for iOS. Neither instrumental nor synthesizer apps are yet advanced enough for making music in real time because of the high latency.

Opportunities HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE APIS get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 25 .

Multitasking with Android Music Apps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViZnrj5O4SA Matthias Krebs / 26 .

youtube.External Add-ons .ikmultimedia https://www.com/watch?v=hQXUMc0BuL4 Matthias Krebs / 27 .

USB Audio Recording for Android http://www.com/watch?v=xrRex_mlHw8 http://www.youtube.androidaudiorecording.com/record-from-a-usb-microphone-or-audiointerface-with-your-android-phone-or-tablet/ Matthias Krebs / 28 .

youtube.com/watch?v=CfqUR9wU0KQ Matthias Krebs / 29 .Effects on an Android Device: J4T on Nexus 7 https://www.

com/watch?v=wx-DiAEHM0w Matthias Krebs / 30 .1 on Android https://www.youtube.Using a MIDI Controller with Caustic 2.

youtube.Controlling VirtualDJ Pro Using TouchOSC for Android https://www.com/store/apps/details?id=net.touchosc Matthias Krebs / 31 .hexler.google.com/watch?v=hVt96KhY8z8 https://play.

google.android.com/store/apps/details?id=al.Midi Control over Bluetooth https://www.emc2 Matthias Krebs / 32 .youtube.com/watch?v=IfKyGcM1szE https://play.

To Control It SENSORS get this slides: www.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 33 .slideshare.

Sensors in Android Devices Interesting for music making: • Gyro Sensors • Accelerometer • Geomagnetic Sensors • Touchscreen • Microphone • Camera • Gesture Sensor Matthias Krebs / 34 .

com/watch?v=-k--3GxrQXU • https://play.google.term.wimu • https://www.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensorkinetics • https://play.musicshaker • http://www.google.zgui.youtube.zwiener.google.SensorDV Sensor music player android app • https://play.google.innoventions.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.MarksThinkTank.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Built In Sensors Accelerometer – Gyroscope – Magnetometer • https://play.WaveControlPro Matthias Krebs / 35 .google.com/watch?v=jwMKDs_4gcc • https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=imoblife.youtube.androidsensorbox • https://play.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com/store/apps/details?id=org.

com/watch?v=1L6ZMIz5y0o Matthias Krebs / 36 .OTOONE is a Musical Instrument Using the Gyroscope https://www.youtube.

Real Time Music Making LATENCY ISSUE get this slides: www.slideshare.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 37 .

com/watch?v=_eE7NtK4jX8 Matthias Krebs / 38 .Demo: Android Jelly Bean Latency vs iOS iPad Core Audio http://www.youtube.

Discussions: Latency Matthias Krebs / 39 .

php http://www.Sonoma Wire Works Develops Low Latency Solution for Android Is this the dawn of Android music production? http://www.sonomawireworks.youtube.com/pr/android-low-latency-audio-solution.com/watch?v=2OXeHwErQsE Matthias Krebs / 40 .

com/2012/07/android-audio-improvements-will-appear-first-on-galaxy-nexus http://www.net/2013/03/an-interview-with-doug-wright-sonomas.com/news/2013-01.com/2012/02/21/the-dismal-state-of-android-as-a-music-production-solution/ http://www.synthtopia.com/questions/14842803/low-latency-audio-playback-on-android Matthias Krebs / 41 .html http://stackoverflow.com/2011/12/android-how-to-reduce-audio-latency.html http://www.palmsounds.com/2012/6/27/3122302/audio-latency-finally-addressed-in-jelly-bean http://createdigitalmusic.sonomawireworks.synthtopia.php http://www.net/2011/09/android-32-synth-real-time-hdmi-out.Discussions: Some Links Regarding to the Latency Issue … read the comments too! http://www.theverge.blogspot.palmsounds.html http://www.net/2013/01/pd-for-android-now-has-low-latency.com/content/2011/07/13/are-your-ready-to-take-android-seriously-as-a-music-platform http://geardiary.palmsounds.com/content/2013/04/03/fl-studio-mobile-for-android-sneak-peak http://www.html http://sseyod.

net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 42 .slideshare.The Main Question WHY ARE THERE SO FEW ANDROID MUSIC APPS? get this slides: www.

” More: http://evolver.” market “And of course the chicken and egg problem of there not being a market. since Android still sucks revenue-wise compared to iOS. It's fragmentation and having to test on 40+ different devices.fm/2012/05/23/developer-explains-why-android-sucks-for-some-audio-apps Matthias Krebs / 43 .Are Your Ready to Take Android Seriously as a Music Platform? NO! fragmentation “It's not just the latency that kills audio apps on Android.

a snowball effect... Did you hear that FL Studio Mobile is releasing on Android soon?” https://www.youtube.Hope “That's definitely chicken and egg because decent music apps that work on Android could really start something big up..com/watch?v=KTFVS7ZQfLE Matthias Krebs / 44 .

slideshare.App Music: Mobile Music Making ANDROID MUSICIANS get this slides: www.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 45 .

Android and Windows Mobile Don't Play Well Together? http://blog.be/phoneguitar Matthias Krebs / 46 .Who Said iPhone OS.stef.

com/watch?v=KN1CYMENOr4 Matthias Krebs / 47 .youtube.Jordan Rudess and his Musical App MorphWiz-Play for Android http://www.

Musicians: Cool Music Apps for Android https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbQoq-HxIgA Matthias Krebs / 48 .

Because there are so many people with Android devices I will continue testing them and I’m planning to use Android music apps in music making workshops and with the DigiEnsemble Berlin. sequencers.Me (Matthias Krebs) For me the iPad is a pioneer in touch-screen technology and is still superior to android mobile devices when it comes to audio and music creation. it also has many more apps available. coming with a wide variety of applications: soundtoys. Matthias Krebs / 49 . I frequently use Android for other purposes like communication or mobile media consumption. there will probably be no way around iOS in the near further – especially for making music together in groups or on stage. musical tools. ranging from music players to the most professional. effects. Not only are there more external add-ons supporting the iPad. app instruments. etc. control surfaces. Concerning mobile music making. Nevertheless I am keeping an eye on music apps for Android.

net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Matthias Krebs / 50 .ADDITIONAL get this slides: www.slideshare.

Keep making music on mobile Share what you make on SoundCloud or wherever makes sense for you Tell everyone about mobile music making Tell people about the apps you love and why Think about gifting a mobile music app to someone who might enjoy playing Rate the apps you love in the app store and leave reviews If there's something you don't like about an app then give constructive criticism and don't just leave a bad review. 5. start your own blog about mobile music making and let people know If you can. 10. If you're so inclined. 12. 9. Remember that developers can't respond to reviews on the app store If you like one of the excellent mobile music based blogs then buy your apps through that blog as that's how they make money. 13. 4. 14. 6.html 1. then make videos of what you're doing and let everyone know that you've done them Tweet! Make your music in unusual places. just because you can Join the communities at developer's forums and get involved in the discussion Enjoy it! / 51 Matthias Krebs . 3.palmsounds.net/2013/02/14-things-you-should-do-to-help-world.14 things you should do to help the world of mobile music http://www. 11. 8. 7. 2.

Kicko Kim • Nastasia Mohren and Jake Haskell (for helping me out with the translation) Matthias Krebs / 52 .net/search/label/Android http://android.net/matzerak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013 Sources • • • • • • http://www. Jeremy Mcgill. Ashley Elsdon.palmsounds.com/tag/android http://www. Andre Brown.net/category/roundups/music-roundups Groups android music making on Google+ • https://plus.google.slideshare.musicalandroid.com/content/tag/android http://www.synthtopia.com http://www. Sebastian Dittmann.com/u/0/communities/112224065710281650914 android music making on Facebook (just started) • https://www.androidmusician.appstorm.facebook.get this slides: www.com/groups/androidmusicmaking Many THX to: • Louisa Livingstone.com http://createdigitalmusic.

sound artists and music technologists. A range of different sounds and musical compositions will be developed in groups and discussed. the workshop addresses composers and creative individuals (from the field of marketing/media production). Results of the interactive creative activities will be presented in a public performance.Invitation: Join a five-day workshop on mobile music making! App music: Mobile Music Making Matthias Krebs date: July 29th-August 2nd 2013 place: UdK Berlin. More Info Matthias Krebs / 53 . The workshop addresses interested parties as well as musicians. who like the idea of making music with digital sensor controlled devices (smartphones and tablets) and who are seeking for an interactive exchange with others on new musical forms. in which participants will try out perspectives and the potentials of “app music”. of participants: 12 to 15 language: English application deadline: July 1st 2013 The summer school will be a composition and sound workshop. Bundesallee 1-12 fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €) No. At the same time. who are keen on creating film material and background music for media productions.

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