Cakewalk released Momentum Music as a new way for musicians to record sketches on their phones and easily import those recordings into desktop projects. They go about this in a somewhat convoluted fashion relying entirely on their own Cloud services, which necessitates a rather hefty subscription fee.
The subscription model is never popular among users, but this one was greeted with an extra level of contempt because it is quite confusing. For $30/yr you can record up to 5 minutes per session, but that audio is compressed. For $100/yr you can record up to 60 minutes of uncompressed audio per session. So basically that $30/yr option is no option at all, and merely sits there as a bewildering speed bump.
Naturally the Audiobus forum reacted to this news with equal measures of mirth and trolling. They have obvious grievances with the subscription model, but a number of people were also disappointed with the apparent abandonment of Cakewalk's popular Z3TA+ app.
A developer from Cakewalk bravely interjected himself into the Audiobus Forum Fray to defend the direction of the app while insisting that, "Momentum is not an iOS app. It's a songwriting/music production platform." At this point things got quite interesting. Sadly that thread had to be locked, presumably because the community couldn't stop calling him a twat.
Momentum Music iTunes Description:Capture your musical ideas and follow through with them, anywhere, anytime, on any device, in any DAW.
Momentum helps you find time to make music
time you didn’t know you had. You already have a great mic in your pocket—capturing your music ideas with the Momentum iOS app is easy.
Momentum is simple and affordable
Drag-and-drop your ideas from the cloud into any DAW via the Momentum plug-in. Plans with unlimited idea capture start at $2.99/month.
1. Instantly capture your best ideas--on your iPhone or iPad, tap once to open Momentum – tap again to begin recording
2. All of your ideas, anywhere, anytime, with anyone--your ideas sync to the cloud and backup automatically, so they’re always in your pocket and on your laptop
3. Turn your ideas into songs--take your idea to the next level by opening the Momentum VST/AU/AAX plug-in in your DAW, then drag-and-drop any idea from the Momentum cloud into your project.
Momentum is easy to use, and runs on any device—including your iPhone, your iPad and your Mac laptops and computers.
Designed for musicians: four-track recording, editing, looping, and effects
Momentum’s “Ideaspace” view makes it easy to find all your ideas quickly
Instant, automatic cloud sync and backup — access your ideas from any device
Use the Mac VST/AU/AAX plug-in to drag and drop ideas from the cloud into any DAW – even send songs from your DAW back into Momentum. Plug-in is available as a free download from https://momentum.cakewalk.com
Sign up for a monthly Basic or Pro plan via in-app purchase.
Capture and sync unlimited ideas with a monthly Basic or Pro Plan. Record up to 60 minutes per idea, with lossless audio compression with a Pro Plan.
Your subscription is auto-renewable which means that once purchased it will be auto-renewed every month until you cancel it 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Duration of the subscription is 1 Month with a charge of $2.99 every month for the Basic Plan and $9.99 every month for the Pro Plan. iTunes Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period with the cost of $2.99 for the Basic Plan and $9.99 for the Pro Plan. Manage your Subscription and Auto-Renewal by going to your Account Settings.