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Audioroute by n-Track - An Audiobus for Android

n-Track Software have just announced the immediate availability of Audioroute. This is basically Audiobus for Android, allowing Android music apps to share MIDI and audio! Holy shit!

This is the first glimmer of hope for Android music makers in a very long time. Android has always been playing catch-up. Firstly they had the notorious audio latency to contend with. By the time apps like Audio Evolution Mobile got the latency down, iOS was already leagues ahead with all of our inter-app audio and MIDI routing. Today's announcement is a big step towards bringing Google's platform into parity with iOS.

There is even a sample host app available today for developers to test their apps on.

Reader Comments 12

This is awesome! It would be really cool to have android as an option, this brings us that much closer!!!
August 24, 2018  | person_outline Ian
i should clarify my point, it would be nice to have the same options available on android as ios, this brings us onto that path! :)
August 24, 2018  | person_outline Ian
What strides have been made to improve latency on the Android OS?

Android always seems like a hot mess to me. I don't mind running tuners and metronomes on my Android phone. I also run Amazing Slower Downer, and stream video, but I've never considered making music on it. That's why I have an iPad.
August 24, 2018  | favorite_border stub
@stub: I was greatly impressed by the latency in Audio Evolution Mobile on Android when I was doing the official tutorial series. You can see/hear some of that here: https://youtu.be/ynjtp2QbI2s?t=3m23s
That's good to hear. Sounds like this app has a way of working "around" the limitations in Android.

So hard to get apps like this since I don't let google have it's way with me.

Sometimes developers put things on the Amazon Store, but more often than not apps I've gotten on Amazon don't get updated.
August 25, 2018  | favorite_border stub
Android IS a mess. It's based in Linux, which is its own brand of chaotic hell to begin with. Then it has to run on such a wide variety of hardware that it can't be optimized to any of them.

Apple, on the other hand, handles both software and hardware design, providing better opportunity for optimization between them. This is why direct comparisons of Android and iOS hardware are misleading, since it's comparing Apples and, uh...non-Apples. Plus iOS, which is stripped-down OSX, is largely based in BSD, which typically has more disciplined development than Linux.

Which isn't to suggest Apple doesn't manage to incorporate its own quirky screw-ups to this more solid foundation. In any case, Android becoming a viable alternative for creative work of all types would be a good thing, whether it gives Apple a kick in the ass to regain that market segment or gives us a place to migrate to.
August 25, 2018  | person_outline Blaaaarghonaut
My android tablets are dumped in drawers somewhere , all on different versions of android as each manufacturer kills off old tech at different rates , but iPads and used regularly , partly due to all,the apps I’ve bought already.
They do have advantages in terms of usb connection and easy to get files on/off ..

I’d use a controller app , not sure any I have are good enough for synths though.
August 25, 2018  | person Re5etuk
I wonder if we could address some android manufactor to comot to a set of specs for devs to work within which will not change, and then just make it clear in the comunity that said devices are what we will buy into? Its the only way at this time that we will ever expand out of apples ecosystem. Knowing apple they could shit on us many more times before the industry gives us somthing without our requesting it.
August 25, 2018  | person_outline Ian
Didn’t Samsung already do this with soundcamp or something a couple of years ago? Got thumbjam and Guitarism to buy into it as I recall but then it fizzled out.
August 25, 2018  | person_outline Bianca
May it be the begin of the end of Apple’s monopoly on serious music making apps.
I’m pretty sure it will happen one day, on android or whatever else !
August 26, 2018  | person_outline Etrehumain
Music is in the heart of so very many humans, the market is gonna bloat like the biblebelt in a walmart. Apple cant maintain a monopoly unless it buys out microsoft or android. i predict beatmaker4 or 5 running on a touch tablet catored toward music production :)
August 26, 2018  | person_outline Ian
All the top influencers should get together and hold a convention like defcon for ios music production! That would get some momentum on the snowball rolling... Get all the devs together, all the youtube tutorial and reviewer folk, Sonicstate and such... hold it in the center of the west where flights wont be more than 6 hours... better yet berlin cuz thats close to me and berlins next to perfect for this.
August 26, 2018  | person_outline Ian

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