Mobile devices is bringing a revolution to music creation, and this revolution is worldwide!
You’re correct, this initiative is not specifically associated to Animoog but it’s very similar to the crowdsourced Map of Animoog Players, for which you are all invited to add yourselves. I updated its instructions some time after launch and it’s now much easier to follow the steps to put yourself on the map.
The iOS Music World Map is an attempt from the members of the Apptronica label, myself included, to build an open and crowdsourced map of iOS music stakeholders. The intent is essentially to map iOS music app developers along with iOS music hardware manufacturers.
All the details and the map itself are available over the collaborative Github site.
Right, the map doesn’t show much at the moment, any crowdsource effort has to start at some point, and this is now. And you can help by contributing to it! :-)
In order to have consistent map, we need to agree on some rules as to what is displayed on the map to maintain it’s usefulness. Anyone can propose amendments to those guidelines. Here’s the initial version of those guidelines.
Here’s the categories and their associated symbols and colors:
- iOS Music App Developers
- App developers use the ‘mobilephone’ icon in the dark blue color (#0000FF)
- The developers must have published or updated an iOS music app in the past two years
- The pushpin is the location of their headquarters, or the office in charge of developing the iOS music app
- iOS musical instruments as well as other apps that are obviously related to iOS music creation are allowed
- iOS Music Hardware Manufacturers
- Hardware manufacturers use the ‘industrial’ symbol in the orange color
- Location of their headquarters or office in charge of the product
- Must be currently manufacturing and shipping iOS-compatible music hardware
- Location of distributors is not allowed
- iOS Music Artists
- iOS Music Artists use the ‘music’ notes icon in the green color (#32CD32)
- Can be a registered music label as long as it is at least 80% devoted to pure iOS music
- Can be an recognized artist with at least a full album of pure iOS music. By ‘recognized artist’ we mean an artist able to live from his iOS music creation revenues. If you have a better rule to identify which iOS music artists should be on this map, let’s discuss!
You have ideas pertaining to other categories that should be represented on the map? Let us know! The map uses the Maki symbols which can be directly displayed on GitHub. Cheers — Alex / Satri
Some recent Animoog news of interest
‘Unanimoog’ Featured by Moog
I am delighted that Moog Music featured my Animoog solos album on their front page and dedicated a page on their site to the album. As far as I’m aware, it’s the first time Moog put such a spotlight on Animoog creations.
Thank you Moog! :-) — Satri
If you haven’t got the ‘Unanimoog, escape inside the music’ album of Animoog solos yet, get it now, it’s free.
Animoog Players Map Improvements
We recently announced the ‘Animoog Players Map’ experiment. It’s nice to see that a few fellow Animoog players already added themselves to the map. The improvements done since initial launch:
- There are now several screenshots in the instructions to make it easier for everybody to add themselves to the map
- There’s are now symbols and colors on the map markers
Want to see the improved instructions and maybe add yourself to it? Here it is!
Animoog version 2.2.4 is coming
With Moog’s renewed focus on Animoog development, they selected a few beta testers to help improve the app we love. I’m one of those lucky Animoog beta testers. And the excellent news is that version 2.2.4 has been submitted to the App Store and should be available to all any day now. Moog developer Geert Bevin publicly shared on Facebook the following list of changes and fixes:
- Stable support for iOS 8
- Stable support for 64-bit devices
- Revised timbres panel with categories (touch-hold timbre in category for preview)
- Fixes for timbres showing up with domain name prefixes
- Audiobus input slot compatibility fixes
- Virtual Animoog MIDI ports are now always available even if no port is explicitly selected
- Improved IAA instrument compatibility (IAA transport panel will be done for a future release)
- Use with any buffer size from 128 to 4096 (256 being the intended size for all supported devices)
- Fixes for restore purchase functionality
- Improved in-app store layout and interaction
- iTunes File Sharing access to timbres, presets and projects
- Removed import/export preset from setup panel since iTunes File Sharing should cover all needs
- Added timbre category list under ‘random preset’ to enable/disable categories to randomize timbres from
- 4-track recorder fixes for loading clips, pasting clips and AudioPaste
- 4-track project fixes for save/load/delete/share
- 4-track now remains unlocked when not connected to network
- Pitch bend range is now always saved with presets and correctly loads from presets when this option is active
- Pitch and mod strips now light up with incoming MIDI
- Hold button now more clearly show when it’s active
- Manual MIDI CC input now ensures only numbers can be entered
- Keyboard scale selection now doesn’t misbehave after selecting the whole tone scale
- Preset panel is laid out more consistently
- Resuming after interruptions from Siri now reactivates audio
- Proper handling of large amounts of MIDI expression data, coming from alternative controllers
- Updated built-in manual
While you now know in advance most of the wonderful surprises the next Animoog version will bring, expect me to post a new entry when it will actually become available for download.
Next major step for Animoog.org is to provide an updated Expansion packs table, which I hope to complete before mid-June. Afterwards, I have a little surprise for Animoog players, but since I’ll be away from computers most of the Summer, I expect to launch this new Animoog.org component during Fall 2015. Cheers — Alex / Satri
This is an experiment. We’ll see if this attempt can bring value and if you, other Animoog enthusiasts, are interested to participate.
What I propose here is a simple collaborative Animoog Users Map. You can add yourself to the map in 5 minutes and then you discover people nearby who share your interest in Animoog. The use cases I can foresee:
- Find Animoog users and fans near you and meet to share tips and tricks, and maybe even jam together?
- Find Moog-related stores around you
- Maps are fun!
Here’s the page where the map is found, and here’s the map data and instructions to add yourself to the map. As usual, please don’t hesitate to share ideas and opinions in the comments. Cheers — Alex / Satri
Are we ready to launch? No. But this has to happen at some point in time, and this is now.
There are hundreds and hundreds of Animoog presets and timbres. There are also plenty of expansion packs, some of them are not available for purchase from within the app and are very difficult to find if no one tells you about them. The intention behind Animoog.org is to help Animoog users and fans to find information about presets, expansion packs and everything Animoog. The database and site is mostly empty at the moment. Content sections will be improved and launched in the coming weeks / months as time permits — and with some of your help, we’ll make it useful much quicker.
The objective is to use crowdsourcing to gather information about Animoog’s content. Just like anyone can improve Wikipedia, anyone is welcomed to contribute to Animoog.org. The more users contribute, the better the content will become. Specifically, documentation of Animoog presets and expansion packs, to start with, is stored in openly-licensed Database — meaning the content will forever legally remain available to everyone at no cost.
And there’s more! You’ll find the Animoog Users Map, mainly for fun and to feel part of the community, you’ll find Animoog users and players in your area, Moog shops and events, etc. Add yourself to the map with a few clicks! On this site, you’ll also find what can be expected, such as tips, a blog, pertinent links, and even a wish list for Animoog. You can also stay in touch with Animoog.org via Twitter and Facebook.
So, this is just the beginning. Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed. If you’d like to contribute to this Animoog community, drop me a line, the content will improve much faster with contributions from fellow Animoog enthusiasts :-)