Tuesday, July 16, 2013

G-Stomper for Android & New Demonic Sweaters

Ever since my first Android smart phone I could see the possibility of composing on these tiny touchscreen devices and quickly started downloading a plethora of apps and software synths. I even played around with apple mobile stuff like Garageband. All of them were cool, but nothing to really really create on in my opinion. Many of the Android apps were wonky, or unstable, some pretty cool, but just more like toys. iOS has some good ones that are stable like Garageband, but it seems to be more like a wannabe DAW and honestly just wasn't that fun to use even though it is high quality. 

Then recently I was wanting to make some electronic music again, but had grown tired of using Cubase, Ableton, with midi controllers ect... and was considering purchasing a hardware sequencer or groovebox until I happened to stumble upon G-Stomper, a beatmaker sequencing app for Android. 

Just by hearing the demo on this app I could tell that this one was a higher quality than many, and I really liked the familiar hardware-like layout of the gui. I installed it on my low-end $69 nextbook 7 tablet and was really impressed with it's stability, quality of sound and ease of use. Not only that, it had a full PDF manual, active soundcloud group, as well as a user forum with some very helpful and friendly people, so I quickly dove in and spent the past two weeks focused on working strictly in G-Stomper

What came of it is the third Demonic Sweaters release, this one fully focused on electronic music, as well as even including a few dance tracks, which is something I had never really attempted before. I had a great time making this album, and did it all on my nextbook while either laying in bed, riding the subway, standing in the middle of midtown Manhattan, or basically anywhere I had a spare moment. 

The author of G-Stomper is very active on the forums as well as quick to respond to any questions or just friendly chat which is really cool. The app is really easy to use your own samples, you just put them in a folder, copy them to your device then point G-Stomper to where they are and load them up. Workflow is very similar to groovebox style sequencers, you get buttons where you assign samples then select which sample you're using and start sequencing. There's also a note view, built-in assignable fx like dalay, distortion, bit crusher, and my favorite, a whole bunch of analog sounding filters that are completely automatable and sound great.

This is the must have app for making music on your Android device. I did all this with a crappy single core nextbook, a nexus 7 or other quadcore tablet would really be fun! 

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