Digital Notation, Like You Imagined It’d Work: Draw Into iPhone, iPad, Android

Through years of struggling with mice, keyboard shortcuts, and the like, stacks of hand-written notation alongside the computer, this was what I imagined – and probably you, too, if you work with handwritten scores. NotateMe promises to take hand-written notation from your fingertip or stylus and recognize music, from simple lead sheets to full orchestral scores. For those working with scores, it’s what you dreamt devices like the iPhone would do from the beginning. NotateMe is now in public beta, and we hope to talk to the creators, but wanted to get your feedback first about what you’d like to …


Why Mobile Low-Latency is Hard, Explained by Google; Galaxy Nexus Still Musicians’ Android of Choice

Saying your device isn’t as responsive to sound as you’d want is a bit like saying you’re feeling sick to your stomach. The symptom is easy to describe, and everyone would agree it’s not a desirable state. But the fix can be rather complex. And when it comes to engineers who care about music and sound, experiencing latency – or its equally evil mirror cousin, crackles-and-pops – will make you sick to your stomach. Google I believe is deserving of some criticism over this issue. Years of subsequent updates saw the company largely silent or unresponsive about critical audio issues. …


Android Audio Improvements Will Appear First on Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone

It’s worth adding an addendum to today’s story on Android and high-performance sound. There are promising signs for many current and future Android gadgets when it comes to music and sound. That’s fantastic, because many of us had all but written off the platform entirely. (There’s a reason you haven’t seen much mention of it lately in these parts.) But as we wait to examine broader proposed device support, the present situation involves just one phone. Google’s low-latency playback claims have all been in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s a phone, made by Samsung. You’d absolutely be forgiven …


Touch, Plus Tactile: In Gaming as in Research, Physical Controls Augment Touchscreens

The gaming industry has made their bet, and it’s that touchscreens go better with tactile controls. Might digital musicians reach the same conclusion? A funny thing has happened on the way to the touch era. The vision of a device like the iPad is minimalist to the extreme: an uninterrupted, impossibly-slim metal slate, as impenetrable as some sort of found alien scifi object. The notion is that by reducing physical controls, the software itself comes to the fore. It’s beautiful conceptually … and then you find yourself tapping and stroking a piece of undifferentiated glass. For navigating interfaces – and …


(Sensor) Size Matters: Pocketable Picture Quality in NYT, as Dedicated Devices Are Here to Stay

The digicam for people who can’t fit an SLR in their pocket, the Canon S95. Photo (CC-BY) Erik Forsberg. The New York Times ran a story over the holiday weekend on sensor size calculations and picks for pocket digicams that’s an absolute must-read for anyone who works with pixels. David Pogue is in rare form; this is one of my favorite stories from him recently. Mainstream tech stories often shy away from the nuts and bolts behind the scenes, but here Pogue has some interesting revelations about sensor size measurement. As usual, a little (odd) history is involved: It turns …


More Multitouch, Please: Atmel Chip in Galaxy Tab Promises Better Response, Stylus

Multitouch remains a terrific way to control live visuals — but improved response and accuracy would be welcome, if new hardware delivers as promised, as well as finer control via stylus input for drawing applications. On Create Digital Music today, I point to some interesting news regard Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet. This could be the beginning of an avalanche of multitouch hardware – in stark contrast to the poor quality of capacitive and resistive input in most devices outside Apple today. Mostly, I’m eager to try it hands-on (or fingers-on). More details: Here Comes the Multitouch: Galaxy Tab Uses New, …


Here Comes the Multitouch: Galaxy Tab Uses New, Responsive Atmel Tech

Speaking of Android and mobile, when it comes to reliable multi-touch on inexpensive devices, iOS has really been the only game in town. As I’ve noted previously, competing requires a usable multi-touch chipset. It seems one such chipset is making its way to a shipping product. Matt Gallant points us to our friends at Engadget: Atmel confirms the Samsung Galaxy Tab uses its maXTouch touchscreen controller Atmel, for their part, claim their technology is more responsive than competitors like Apple, offering both support for stylus input and faster response times – the latter interesting for music applications. Given how complex …


Android Tablets from Samsung, Others Could Offer Free Software Challenge to iPad

Tab. Delicious. I want the Toshiba Mr. Pibb, myself, however. Photo (CC-BY) Joe Shlabotnik / Peter Dutton. Samsung today teased their upcoming Samsung GALAXY Tab tablet. The mention of “Tab” is forever in my own mind linked to my grade school gym teacher (it was her favorite snack, alongside jelly doughnuts). But hey, it’s better than yet another reference to “pads” or “slates” — bring back the tablet. Side note: what is with North American Android device marketing? Apple sells phones that take pictures of your new baby. Android device makers and carriers prefer to sell phones that eat …


Video Output on Android Devices: What's Available Now, What to Expect

Following updates to iOS, one of the key strengths Apple has right now is its rich support for video output. (See, for instance, our look at VGA output from the spring.) Video out is a standard, supported, public, documented option for developers, at least if you’re on the newest devices and OS. And that includes both mirroring and the use of the output as a separate display, making the iPad a perfectly viable source for visuals, not just a controller (though it does that, as well). So, what about the increasing variety of Android gadgets on the market? The Android …