Newbie question re finger drumming on Android phone

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KVRAF
2127 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:07 am

Hi,

Sorry if this should have been in the Getting started forum (mod: please feel free to move).

I'm on foot, and have never used an app for drumming before. I am thinking of using a my Android phone for laying down some drum/percussion tracks. I've browsed Google Play and there are many apps for that out there, but they can't respond to velocity, can they?

I'm thinking a solution may be two work in X-Y axes, so X would be the sound in question and Y the velocity (ie hold the phone in landscape position; left low corner would be conga 1 very quiet, left high corner would be conga 1 very loud etc).

So: payware or freeware, is there a way to get an Android phone to actually record MIDI data with some nuances? Any recommendations? Or do we simply set up a drum pad with some high and low velocities of the same sound?

Thanks!
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KVRer
8 posts since 13 Oct, 2020

Post Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:55 pm

Unfortunately your options on Android are very limited I'm afraid. iOS offers more plentiful solutions, as with anything music related, but I'm not 100% sure I understand what you're looking to achieve so couldn't really offer a concrete suggestion even on iOS (which, because it isn't Android, probably wouldn't be of any use to you anyway...)

KVRAF

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2127 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Post Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:37 pm

Petesasqwax wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:55 pm
Unfortunately your options on Android are very limited I'm afraid. iOS offers more plentiful solutions, as with anything music related, but I'm not 100% sure I understand what you're looking to achieve so couldn't really offer a concrete suggestion even on iOS (which, because it isn't Android, probably wouldn't be of any use to you anyway...)
Thanks for your reply! Well: there are quite many finger drumming apps. But is there an app that responds to velocity? I don't think a smartphone responds to velocity, but I may be wrong here.
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KVRAF
13026 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Post Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:20 pm

Nope, touch screens don't do velocity afaik. Technically it's not impossible, but apps don't have access to the required low-level data. Hidden behind abstraction layers.
SparkySpark wrote:
Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:07 am
Or do we simply set up a drum pad with some high and low velocities of the same sound?
That's actually not a bad idea!
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KVRAF

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2127 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Post Fri Aug 13, 2021 1:29 pm

BertKoor wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:20 pm
Nope, touch screens don't do velocity afaik. Technically it's not impossible, but apps don't have access to the required low-level data. Hidden behind abstraction layers.
SparkySpark wrote:
Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:07 am
Or do we simply set up a drum pad with some high and low velocities of the same sound?
That's actually not a bad idea!
Thanks for clearing this up! :tu: Hope some app dev takes up the X/Y suggestion above.
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