When you set up a website you can be assured of some very weird emails. Usually the weirdest of them are from China, with offers of free 500L drums of Formic Acid samples because the word "acid" appears so often on the website. That's an instance where the emailer has no idea what I do here.
The really funny emails are from the people who have no idea what they're doing either.
NinjaJamm's release on iOS two years ago was somewhat controversial here, since most readers were not interested in remixing other artists. The app was almost immediately forgotten and has never been mentioned on this site since. So it was with a hazy memory that I struggled to recall what the fuck it actually did yesterday upon receiving news that its Android release was an: "industry-shaking mobile move."
Eagerly I read through the press release to find out exactly how this could be the case. Instead of finding anything remotely industry-shaking I discovered them acknowledging the latency problems on Android, and then dismissing them.
iOS success notwithstanding, why wait for Android? “Android latency is an issue,” maintains Matt Black: “Most Ninja Jamm functions are not impacted too much by latency, but for the ‘stabs’ page one needs to develop an advanced ‘Ninja’ technique to anticipate the latency! All Android apps tested so far have this issue; only a few devices — mostly manufactured by Samsung — have decent low-latency hardware. It’s a huge issue, much discussed by a community of Android music-heads. This is one area where iOS is well ahead, and parallels the long-time superiority of Mac over PCs for the financially small but very influential business of music production. There’s not a lot that we can do about latency, but Ninja Jamm on Android is still a lot of fun regardless so we thought we’d dive in and give it to the Massive now, rather than wait for several years until the big boys resolve the issue.”
The "long-time superiority of Mac over PCs" and "give it to the Massive now" not withstanding, I'm amused to see them address the latency issue but decide, "Fuck it, we'll do it anyhow!" So I guess this is a laggy waste of everyone's time. Good luck with that!
There's a teaser video for it, but I feel this video is more appropriate. Here's Bill O'Reilly to play us out...