New Year's Predictions 2017

Happy New Year everyone! If you can read this, you survived what has been an hellacious year.

Congratulations!

Now let's all sincerely hope 2017 is better. This seems like a vain effort with the way global political events are unfolding, but I'm a terminal optimist. I'd rather face certain doom with a smile on my face and hope in my heart.

In the spirit of optimism, let's assume there will be anyone left to read the site in 2018; as we continue our annual tradition of predictions for the coming year. But first let's look at our predictions for 2016.

Successful Predictions:

Red Sky Lullaby started off strong with his prediction of Ableton Link becoming prevalent throughout the app world, but his further prediction of BeatMaker 3's arrival was a miss.

tGiG got quite a lot wrong in his predictions, but ended with a surprisingly prescient prediction in that iOS 10, "will NOT absolutely devastate the iOS music community, for once!" As iOS updates go, 10 was pretty minimal, but I'm calling this a success because it was certainly the least devastating so far.

Littlewoodg predicted that the music app community would continue to ignore Android. He also mentioned a specific app for Android a few times, but I ignored it. Success!

Steve, aka Frozen Lonesome, predicted he'd get an iPad Pro to finally run Auria Pro. I emailed him this morning to find out if this was an accurate prediction. He did both of these things in September!

Crème Douche took a stab in the dark at, "Something new from Moog?" He goes on to explore some kind of modular synthesizer scenario. While not exactly as he described it, this is perhaps the most successful prediction thanks to Moog's release of Model 15 in May. Matt also predicted a synth app from Moog.

Prediction Fails

Fran_K predicted an overhaul to the App Store, where shit apps would be relegated to their own category, so they wouldn't pollute searches. While a nice idea, there has been no change whatsoever to the App Store categories. It's still a mess, and they seem unwilling to make any changes.

Heretik7 had a series of failed predictions in his comment; including BeatMaker 3, Apple bringing back Alchemy Mobile for everyone, and Propellerheads releasing a Reason Mobile to take advantage of iPad Pro hardware.

Nonny Moose incorrectly predicted 2016 would see the release of the now long-awaited NanoStudio 2!

Similarly Lacm1993 expected Audiobus 3 in 2016, which seemed like a safe bet at the time.

What's coming in 2017?

Last year I predicted we'd see large music manufacturers making a bigger shift to iOS, beyond simple editors. While this one definitely fits into the fails, I'm sticking to my guns. The reasoning is sound. Last year I said:

"I think at this point music apps have reached maturity; we've all seen that this is not a fad. It's time for the bigger, slower moving, companies to take it very seriously!"

This remains true. We're just waiting for those companies to realize it. I guess it will take them a while...

My prediction for 2017 is based on what I've been noticing lately as a trend within the community. I expect in 2017 we're going to see a lot more personalities pop up on YouTube bringing us well produced content. For most of 2015 and 2016 if you wanted to watch a video for an app you were almost entirely limited to seeing those videos from Doug, Jakob, or myself. Lately we've been seeing more and more people try their hand at videos. Very few of those are of the quality you've come to expect, but remember that all 3 of us sucked when we started. Our first videos were all awful. It took nearly a year before Doug would even record his videos with direct app audio, and my first year was marred with horrible video quality problems. I think these guys experimenting and dipping their toes into iOS videos today are going to blow us away in 2017!

Open Mic: New Year's Predictions for 2017!

The year Two Thousand and Seventeen sounds like some pretty far off future, but here it is. What do you predict we'll see in the coming year of our high-tech future?

Let's Play with ROTOR by Reactable

Reactable was kind enough to send me some ROTOR controllers as soon as they were available. This was a fairly brave thing for them to do, considering how much I shit on the original Reactable app.

Watch as I betray their trust in this Let's Play!

Video Description:

Reactable recently released ROTOR, and now the ROTOR controllers are shipping for $55! Here's a demo of them in action. If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a new monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com

Be sure to visit http://discchord.com for the latest music app news!

Let's Play with ARP Odyssei by KORG

One of the things I enjoy most about Korg apps is the way they arrive, seemingly out of nowhere. When ARP Odyssei showed up earlier this month it was like an early Winter Solstice present! I jumped at this one! I think you can tell in this video that I'm having a hell of a lot of fun with it.

Video Description:

Korg brings us an app remake, of their hardware remake, of the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer. And it is awesome! You can use it inside of Korg's Gadget app, and I do exactly that in this Let's Play! If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a new monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com

Halloween 2016 Montage

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have such fond memories of Halloween growing up. From the time I was taken to my first haunted house, to later in my teens while I was coked out of my goddamn mind telling improv ghost stories. Good times.

I want to make sure I give a little bit of that back to my neighbors' kids. The haunted house part, not the coke. My husband and I combined our talents to make a modest little spooky spot that had the kids screaming all night long; using some DIY jumping spiders that were triggered by proximity. Here are some of the highlights.

Video Description:

My husband took up electrical engineering last year, so this year we scared the shit out of our neighbors' kids. Here's a montage of the best reactions. This was the best Halloween EVER!

Let's Play with Phasemaker

With the site running smoothly, I was able to dedicate some time this week to actually playing with the music apps I've been reporting on! I'm diving back into the Let's Play series with the latest FM synth: Phasemaker! I'm a big fan of FM, but hate having to explain it. So I don't!

This Let's Play is just sound design, with the basic concepts of FM. If you want a lengthy explanation on FM synthesis, check out pantsofdeath's video on the subject.

Video Description:

I'm back! After a long stretch of working on the new code for my website, I'm back to bring you more Let's Plays. Let's get the ball rolling with a new FM synth, Phasemaker!

If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/discchord
If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a new monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com

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